In the Magazine: Your Horse Tested Positive at a Horse Show. Now What?

Excerpt from the September issue of Heels Down Magazine.

U.S. Equestrian’s Equine Drugs and Medications Program has been working to “protect the welfare” of horses and “ensure the balance of competition” for the past 40 years, according to the program’s webpage. The program uses veterinarians and technicians to collect blood and urine samples from horses competing at USEF- and FEI-sanctioned events. Originally, the program used an outside lab for random sample analysis but in 1995, the Equine Drug Testing and Research Laboratory was established. This lab analyzes samples collected at USEF and FEI competitions in the United States.

U.S. Equestrian currently has a Drugs and Medications Penalty Guidelines document which emphasizes that the penalties contained are merely guidelines and are not mandatory. This means that the Hearing Committee Panel has discretion and wide direction when handing down sanctions to those found guilty of drugging violations.

The guidelines break violations down into several different categories. Each category requires redistribution of trophies, prizes, ribbons, and monies won at the competition.

Category one involves overages of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and other restricted medications such as Dexamethasone.

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