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Sapphire Disqualification

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.

February 10, 2011

Holmberg Resigns From FEI; Madden Steps In

Fédération Equestre Internationale Bureau Member and Jumping Committee Chair Sven Holmberg of Sweden officially announced his resignation from both positions today, Feb. 10. The United States’ John Madden, the current deputy chair of the Jumping Committee, will assume the position as interim acting chair through November, when it will be filled permanently.

July 8, 2010

FEI Releases New Guidelines For Hypersensitivity Protocol

In light of the recent controversy over Sapphire’s disqualification at the Rolex FEI World Cup Show Jumping Final due to hypersensitivity, the Fédération Equestre Internationale has undertaken a review of the protocol for thermography and clinical examination (hypersensitivity of the legs). In an effort to further strengthen the protocol, the FEI issued the following mandatory guidelines to be applied by the veterinary commissions appointed for FEI events.

July 6, 2010

Ward Responds To FEI Decision In Sapphire Hypersensitivity Case

“Certainly I feel a little bittersweet,” said McLain Ward after the Fédération Equestre Internationale ruled that Sapphire should not have been disqualified from Round 2 at the World Cup Final (Switzerland) in April.

July 2, 2010

FEI Finds Sapphire Incorrectly Disqualified From World Cup Final Class

After a full investigation into the facts surrounding the disqualification of McLain Ward’s Sapphire at the FEI World Cup Final in Geneva, Switzerland, the Fédération Equestre Internationale has determined that the horse was incorrectly eliminated from the second round on April 16.

However, Sapphire’s disqualification from the final round of the World Cup remains in place.

May 26, 2010

Sapphire’s FEI World Cup Drug Tests Come Up Completely Clean

Results from leg swab samples taken from McLain Ward’s Sapphire during the Rolex FEI World Cup Show Jumping Final have come back, and they contained no prohibited substances.

Last week, blood and urine samples from Sapphire, also taken during April’s World Cup, were found to be negative. This concludes the Fédération Equestre Internationale’s Medication Program Control testing.

May 19, 2010

Sapphire’s Urine And Blood Tests Come Back Negative From FEI World Cup Final

Analysis of all urine and blood samples taken during Medication Control Program Testing at the FEI World Cup Show Jumping Final in Geneva, Switzerland, April 13-19, has proved negative, but analysis on leg swab samples is still being carried out.

The FEI Ground Jury disqualified Sapphire when she was in the leading position with McLain Ward at the Final because of hypersensitivity of her left foreleg. No lameness was detected.

April 19, 2010

USEF Lodges Formal Protest Against Sapphire’s Disqualification

On Sunday, April 18, the U. S. Equestrian Federation lodged a formal protest against the disqualification of McLain Ward’s horse, Sapphire at the 2010 Rolex/FEI World Cup Final.

April 17, 2010

Controversy Continues Over Sapphire's Disqualification at the Rolex/FEI World Cup Final

In an effort to explain the controversial decision to eliminate Sapphire from the Rolex/FEI Show Jumping World Cup Final, the Fédération Equestre Internationale held a press conference this afternoon, April 17, at the Palexpo Arena in Geneva, Switzerland.

A huge crowd that included journalists, riders, trainers and other curious equestrians packed in to hear why late last night the FEI decided to disqualify McLain Ward’s mount from Round 2 following a hypersensitivity test. 

April 17, 2010

Princess Haya Releases A Statement About Sapphire's Disqualification

On April 17, HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, the president of the Federation Equestre Internationale, released a statement concerning the disqualification of McLain Ward's Sapphire from the Rolex FEI World Cup Final.

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