No Doping Of Horses or Riders at Tryon World Equestrian Games

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There were no doping positives among 163 horses and 92 athletes tested at the World Equestrian Games in Tryon last month, the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) announced.

However, two Endurance horses tested positive for controlled medication substances that are used to treat horses but must be cleared from the horse’s system by the time of competition.

Enhanced anti-doping measures were launched in advance of WEG as part of the FEI’s Clean Sport campaign, with national federations offered two types of anti-doping testing to ensure horses were clean: pre-arrival testing and elective testing.

“Clean sport is an absolute must for the FEI and we are very encouraged by the absence of any positives for banned substances and that all human tests came back negative from last month’s Games,” FEI Secretary General Sabrina Ibáñez said. “While of course we cannot overlook the two controlled medication positives, overall the outcome is evidence that the awareness campaign conducted prior to Tryon, the opportunity for our national federations to test their horses before departure and, on the human anti-doping side, our excellent cooperation with the United States Anti-Doping Agency all had a positive impact.

“These two positives show that our testing program works, but even though these are not doping substances, athletes should be aware that treatments from the controlled medications list must have been cleared from the horse’s system by the time of competition. It is clear that we need to work even harder to get the message across that clean sport and a level playing field are non-negotiable.”