Australia’s Sue Hearn & Remmington Receive FEI Administrative Sanction, One Score Seeking to Qualify Pair for Olympic Team Disqualified

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Sue Hearn and Remmington in the Olympic debut for the pair in the Grand Prix. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Sue Hearn and Remmington in the Olympic debut for the pair in the Grand Prix. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug. 10, 2016–Suzanne Hearn and Remmington, making their Olympic debut as the first combination to go in the Grand Prix Wednesday, have received an International Equestrian Federation (FEI) administrative sanction that disqualifies scores from one of the two selection events for the Australian team.

The administrative sanction was imposed Aug. 5 for not declaring use of the anti inflammatory Meloxicam, an official Controlled Medication, at the CDI3* in Rotterdam, Netherlands June 22-26. It did not become known before Wednesday’s Grand Prix although details of the sanctions were posted on the FEI Internet site two days ago.

Rotterdam CDI3* was the second of two selection trials in Europe for the Australian team.

Sue, of Berrima, Australia whose age of 60 has been widely publicized around the world, and her 14-year-old Australian-bred gelding did not qualify directly in the selection trials for the four-member team.

But, as next in line, was named as a replacement for the American-based Kelly Layne and Udon P who withdrew from the team on the grounds the horse was not fit at the time of a veterinary examination required by the Australian federation.

An FEI spokesperson explained that an administrative sanction does not suspend a combination if the rider admits to the offense and pays a fine, but the the horse/rider combination are disqualified from the event where the offense occurred.

The effect would be that Sue and Remmington were awarded scores from only one of the two selection events.

The Australian federation-ordered veterinary examination after the events and before the horses shipped to Rio de Janeiro are believed to have required riders to sign declarations about the use of medications.

A text message to the spokesperson for Equestrian Australia seeking information on the case was not responded to Wednesday night.