FEI Issues Decisions on Three Banned Substance Cases

The cases involve a Belgian endurance horse, a South African jumper, and a Mexican jumper.

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The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) Tribunal has issued its final decisions on three banned substance cases from 2015 and 2016 in which the FEI’s Equine Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Regulations (EADCMRs) were violated.

Houkoumi G

Samples taken on Sept. 4, 2015, from the endurance horse Houkoumi G, ridden by Evelyne Stoffel (BEL) at the CEI1* 100 in Virton, Belgium, tested positive for O-desmethyltramadol, a metabolite of the opoid analgesic tramadol. The tribunal imposed a 15-month suspension on Stoffel with a fine of CHF $2,500 and contribution of CHF $1,000 towards legal costs.

Felix Van De Mispelaere

Samples taken on Aug. 29, 2015 from the show jumper Felix Van De Mispelaere, ridden by Jonathan Clarke (RSA) to win a class at CSI1*-W in Polokwane, South Africa, tested positive for the vasodilator minoxidil.

Clarke had been provisionally suspended from Oct. 21, 2015, until May 18, 2016. The tribunal found that while the EADCMRs were contravened, Clarke did not bear fault for the rule violation. As such, there was no further period of suspension imposed. He was ordered to contribute CHF $1,000 towards legal costs

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