Hunter/jumper trainer Winn Alden of Bristow, Va., will be suspended for five months and fined $5,000 after a horse she exhibited, Cameo Appearance, was found by the U.S. Equestrian Federation to have gamma-aminobutyric acid in its body in excess of normal levels.
GABA is an inhibitory neurotransmitter, which can act as a tranquilizer. It is the main ingredient in the Carolina Gold supplement, though it’s not known if Carolina Gold was used in this instance.
The European Union’s council decided Dec. 8 to suspend the importation of horsemeat from Mexico. The meat will still be allowed into the EU until March 15, 2015, as part of a transitional period, as long as the importer demonstrates the products were certified and dispatched prior to Jan. 15, 2015.
For the third year in a row, the Adequan USDF Annual Convention, held Dec. 3-7 in Cambridge, Mass., boasted record short meetings. But there was still plenty of discussion about the organization’s past—the USDF instructor certification program celebrated its 25th anniversary this year—and about its future—how to continue drawing new dressage fans.
When it comes to dressage rule proposals for 2015—up for discussion at this week's U.S. Dressage Federation Annual Convention in Cambridge, Mass., before a vote at the U.S. Equestrian Federation Annual Meeting (Ky.) in January—there are only five of them, and none seem likely to incite much controversy. Think differently? Let us know in the comments.
The Fédération Equestre Internationale announced today, Dec. 2, that it's completed an investigation into allegations of a horse switch for the 2012 Longines FEI World Endurance Championships (Great Britain). The FEI said no legal action can be taken "for procedural reasons and due to a lack of conclusive evidence."
The National Collegiate Athletic Association hasn’t yet revealed a final decision on the future of equestrian within the organization, but another college is dropping the sport in response to the uncertainty.
On Nov. 12, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced it issued nine warning letters to companies marketing and selling unapproved medications containing omeprazole. All of the FDA-unapproved drugs in question state they cure, prevent or treat equine gastric ulcer syndrome.
The German Equestrian Federation released a statement today, Nov. 10, stating that Helen Langehanenberg will no longer compete or ride her partner for Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games gold, Damon Hill NRW.
Lawyers for owner Christian Becks said negotiations with the rider failed.
“The ideas about the conditions were too far apart," said Becks, who added that the 14-year-old Westphalian stallion (Donnerhall—Romanze, Rubinstein I) will not be sold but will remain with the family.