Drug Testing


It's a Bird Positive After Oaklawn Handicap

May 28, 2009

It's a Bird, winner of the Lone Star Handicap (gr. III) on Memorial Day, could lose the purse from his April 4 victory in the Oaklawn Handicap (gr. II) as the result of a positive test for the prohibited substance naproxen, an anti-inflammatory... Read More


Pennsylvania Racing to Regulate Corticosteroids

May 07, 2009

The Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission has adopted a policy whereby administration of corticosteroids in horses must be stopped seven days prior race day.

The regulation takes effect June 1, according to a policy directive signed May 4.... Read More


Anabolic Steroid Testing in a Racing Environment

May 03, 2009

While steroid enhancement of performance is debatable, the public has the perception that it might affect performance in horses. In evidence-based analysis on purported effects of anabolic steroids, there are no documented studies that correspond to ... Read More


Equine Joint Health Management Program Launched

May 02, 2009

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc. (BIVI) has announced the formation of the equine Joint Health Management (JHM) program, an education program for veterinarians and horse owners designed to prevent and treat equine joint... Read More


Polo Association to Develop Prohibited Substance Policy

April 30, 2009

During its semi-annual Board of Governors meeting April 25, the United States Polo Association (USPA) voted to establish a committee to examine existing and additional safeguards for polo horses, including developing a prohibited substance... Read More


Steroid Test Identifies Hermaphroditic Filly

April 24, 2009

Year-and-a-half-old testing for anabolic steroids in racehorses produced some unusual results--including the discovery of a Standardbred filly that's actually a male.

In Pennsylvania, tests showed a high elevation of testosterone in Arizona... Read More


Sheik Voids Race Results After Endurance Horse Tests Positive

April 08, 2009

The ruler of Dubai is being investigated by equestrian authorities after a horse he owns and rides failed drug tests after two races.

Sheik Mohammed said he was unaware of the drugs but accepts full responsibility. The drug use came to ligh... Read More


AAEP 2008: Performance Horse Forum

April 08, 2009

In a year that saw increased public scrutiny of equine welfare and medication issues both on the track and in the competition field, veterinarians at the 2008 Annual Convention of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) in San... Read More


Vet's Suspension Upheld in Cobra Venom Case

April 08, 2009

A hearing officer has ruled that the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission acted properly when it handed a five-year suspension to veterinarian Dr. Rodney Stewart after cobra venom and other prohibited substances were found in a barn and in his truck... Read More


Court of Arbitration Upholds Olympic Substance Decision

April 02, 2009

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has upheld an appeal requesting enhanced sanctions against Olympic equestrian Christian Ahlmann.

The Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) Tribunal suspended and fined Ahlmann after his horse,... Read More


Michigan Bans Racehorse Steroids

April 01, 2009

Michigan Horse Racing Commissioner Christine C. White April 1 gave notice to the state's horse racing industry that effective immediately, the presence of anabolic steroids will be prohibited in all horses entered to race at any pari-mutuel trac... Read More


Performance Horse Forum

March 17, 2009

Performance horse forum leaders at the 2008 AAEP Convention facilitated a discussion.... Read More


USEF Drug and Medication Group Clarifies Liniment Status

March 03, 2009

Recently, there have been some questions directed to the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Equine Drugs and Medications Program related to the use of liniments. The specific liniments in question are:

Equi-Block Liniments by... Read More


Medication Thresholds

February 23, 2009

A drug's withdrawal time indicates a suggested timeline by which the last dose can be administered before an event to avoid blood or urine test levels that exceed the allowable regulatory threshold. Using these thresholds encourages standardization... Read More


Medication in Racing and Performance Horses

February 15, 2009

Medication issues in equine competitions might have reached their highest level of public focus in 2008 due to high-profile situations such as Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown's steroid regimen and the disqualification of several Olympic horses for... Read More


Protocol for Racehorse Steroids Testing Progresses

February 12, 2009

The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) board of directors Feb. 6 received an update on an anabolic steroids study, results of which will be used to set thresholds for testing in plasma.

The RMTC board, which met in Las Vegas,... Read More


AQHA Executive Vice President Stepping Down in March

February 10, 2009

The registration of more than 2 million of the now more than 5 million horses in the American Quarter Horse Association registry and a growth in membership numbers from 276,500 to more than 350,000 are examples of the success of the customer... Read More


Updates from the Olympic Drug Cases

February 03, 2009

A Norwegian jumper's positive doping test for capsaicin proved hotter than rider Tony Andre Hansen could handle: It caused him and mount Camiro to be disqualified from the 2008 Olympic Games, thereby stripping Norway of its team bronze... Read More


Walking Horse Show Group Asks USEF for Drug Test Help

January 07, 2009

Mandatory random drug testing could take place at some 2009 Tennessee Walking Horse shows if the National Horse Show Commission (NHSC) can strike a deal with the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) to provide testing services.... Read More


FEI Clean Sport Commission Moves Ahead

December 24, 2008

FEI Anti-Doping and Medication Commission Chair Arne Ljungqvist, MD, PhD, FEI First Vice President Sven Holmberg, and FEI Secretary General Alexander McLin met Dec. 16 to plot the way forward for the FEI Clean Sport Commission, which was recentl... Read More


Norwegian Show Jumping Team to Lose Medals

December 22, 2008

The panel of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) Tribunal has rendered its final decision in the prohibited substance case involving the horse Camiro ridden by Tony Andre Hanse... Read More


Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration to Step Up Drug Tests

December 21, 2008

The 2009 Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration will see more drug tests pulled on competing horses, according to an article in The... Read More


New York Racehorse Steroid Ban in Effect Jan. 1

December 19, 2008

New York racing regulators have approved a final set of rules restricting the use of anabolic steroids in horse racing, effective Jan. 1, 2009. New York officials said the rules send a strong message to those hoping to use illegal... Read More


Kentucky Racing Looks to Streamline Equine Paperwork

December 16, 2008

Problems associated with having the necessary paperwork transferred in an efficient and timely matter for horses that move from state to state to compete were the focal point of discussion at the Dec. 15 meeting of the Kentucky Horse Racing... Read More


Court Upholds FEI Drug Test Verdict

December 15, 2008

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Dec. 12 upheld an earlier ruling by the Tribunal of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) in the case of Irish rider Jessica Kürten. Kürten's horse, Castle Forbes Maike, tested positive for... Read More