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Drugs And Medication

November 9, 2013

Top Trainers Respond To Tough USEF Penalties

If you read through the most recent U.S. Equestrian Federation Hearing Committee rulings, a few familiar names may jump out at you. Some of the most successful trainers in the hunter/jumper industry, such as Andre Dignelli, Bibby Farmer Hill and Scott Stewart, made the list.

Dignelli, of Heritage Farm in Katonah, N.Y., was found in violation of improperly executing entry blanks. He agreed to a plea agreement, which the Hearing Committee accepted, incurring a $7,500 fine.

October 1, 2013

British Crackdown On Middle Eastern Drugging Continues

Concerns are growing about the intended purpose—and who was going to administer them—of illegally imported equine drugs seized from Sheikh Mohammed’s Dubai government airplane at Stansted airport in the United Kingdom on May 3.

January 16, 2013

Doping Takes Center Stage At USEF Convention

Jan. 16—Louisville, Ky.   

A. Kent Allen, DVM, announced to the U.S. Equestrian Federation Drugs and Medication Committee, which he chairs, that he’d done an informal poll of his clients to learn who’d read the recent article in The New York Times about drugging in the horse show industry. While he joked that it certainly wasn’t a Gallup poll, 60-70 percent of his clients had read the article, and even more had heard about it.

March 28, 2012

Carolina Gold Is The Newest Face Of An Old Problem

The U.S. Equestrian Federation rules are very clear about banning any medication given to enhance performance. Use of Carolina Gold [which contains the inhibitory neurotransmitter gamma aminobutyric acid, or GABA] is in clear violation of the rules. The bottom line is that it’s cheating.

March 13, 2012

Are Drug Rules Putting Our Horses At Greater Danger?

This trainer believes people will always be trying to outsmart the system—so maybe the system needs to change.

Having returned to training in 2009 after a 15-year absence, I find everything has changed, and everything has stayed the same. When I “retired,” hunters still were primarily Thoroughbreds, and the conversations I had with other professionals were often about how to get them to be quiet enough in the show ring.

February 24, 2012

USEF Bans Use Of “Carolina Gold”

Effective immediately, the U.S. Equestrian Federation has banned the use of “Carolina Gold” or any other product containing gamma aminobutyric acid. The drug, an inhibitory neurotransmitter, is thought to calm horses but currently has no scientific data to support the claim. 

October 5, 2011

FEI Makes Additions And Changes To The 2012 Substance List

The Fédération Equestre Internationale has enacted changes to the 2011 Equine Prohibited Substance list. The changes, which are pending approval by the FEI Bureau, will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2012. 

Three substances have been added to the Prohibited List. They are:

-Magnesium sulphate injections: used to calm horses when administered intravenously, can cause cardiac arrest in certain instances

-ACTH (adrenocortcotropic hormone): a powerful anti-inflammatory drug that, with overuse, can cause breakdown in a horse’s joints

September 6, 2011

Horses Disqualified For Hypersensitivity In Rio

Three horses were disqualified from competing in the Global Champions Tour Grand Prix in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Sept. 4 for hypersensitivity. Romanov, ridden by Billy Twomey of Ireland, All Inclusive NRW ridden by Denis Lynch of Ireland, and Vancouver DML, ridden by Simon Delestre of France, were declared unfit to compete by the Fédération Equestre Internationale with the unanimous agreement of the thermography team and all veterinary and FEI officials.

April 5, 2011

Updated: FEI 2011 Prohibited Substance List Now In Effect

The Fédération Equestre Internationale’s 2011 Equine Prohibited Substance List is in effect, as of April 4. The list will continue to show all substances added to or removed from the 2010 list and database until June 4.

The updated list, which was unanimously approved at the FEI General Assembly in Taipei last November, is accessible online.

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