No Positive Drug Tests from WEG

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Oct. 15–No prohibited drugs were found in 82 horses tested at the World Equestrian Games that ended in Kentucky last Sunday following 16 days of competition.

Blood and urine test samples were taken from 82 horses–blood from all of them and urine where possible–from the 752 horses from 58 countries in dressage, driving, endurance, eventing, jumping, reining, vaulting and para-dressage.

The rules require a minimum of five per cent of competing horses to be tested, but the number for Kentucky was almost 11 per cent. All individual medal horses were tested as well as one horse from each medal-winning team in addition to random samples.

“This is a great success for everyone involved in equestrian sport and is the best possible endorsement of the FEI’s Clean Sport Campaign,” FEI President Princess Haya said. “It also proves the value of the FEI’s educational program, as athletes and their supporters now have the knowledge to make a clear distinction between the use of routine, legitimate medication and deliberate doping to affect a horse’s performance. Everyone has a role to play in maintaining this clean record going forward.”

Eighty-one medals were awarded during the Games, including 33 to para-dressage.

Final standings

Traditional seven disciplines — Para-dressage

1. Germany – 9 medals  — 3. – 5

2. USA – 8 – 0

3. Great Britain 6 – 1. – 13

4. Netherlands – 5 – 4. 4

5. Belgium – 3 – 6. – 1

5. United Arab Emirates – 3 – 0

5. France – 3 – 0

5. Canada – 3 – 0

9. New Zealand – 2 – 0

10. Australia – 1 – 5. – 2

10. Austria – 1 – 0

10. Italy – 1 – 0

10. Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – 1 – 0

10. Switzerland – 1 – 0

10. Spain – 1 – 0

Denmark 0 – 2. – 7

Finland 0 – 6. – 1