At the end of last month, after the Hungarian sprinter Overdose lost his unbeaten status in Baden-Baden’s premier sprint, I noticed that the 5-year-old horse’s longtime groom, friend, and exercise rider, Barbara Budinszky, was not a part of the team. Click here and here to read those posts.
Titanilla Bod, the sports editor of a Hungarian daily newspaper in Slovakia, Új Szó, located Ms. Budinszky and found that she’d left the camp in July after disagreeing with the current trainer’s treatment of the horse and the method of training. Click here to read the Sept. 5 story, which requires a translator. Ms. Bod then interviewed the horse’s principal owner, Zoltan Mikoczy, and a rebuttal to Ms. Budinszky’s assertions was published in the same paper on Sept.10. Click here to read that Mr. Mikoczy claims he, in fact, was misled by the horse’s old trainer and by Ms. Budinszky about Overdose’s condition. He also states that the press had portrayed a mythical relationship between the groom and the horse that does not exist.
Quite frankly, Mr. Mikoczy, whose credibility was dealt a blow when he was arrested and jailed in Romania last year on criminal charges, doth protest too much, methinks.