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RMTC Urges Adoption of Out-of-Competition, MMV Rules

December 27, 2016

The RMTC urged racing authorities to adopt the rules approved by the Association of Racing Commissioners International.... Read More

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TheHorse.com's Top Slideshows of 2016

December 26, 2016

Popular slideshows included those on skin conditions, horse properties, pasture weeds, the Rio Olympics, and more.... Read More

Flags of competing nations were placed as finishing touches at the Rolex Stadium, home to dressage, show jumping, and stadium jumping for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

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FEI Picks Candidate Cities for 2022 World Equestrian Games

December 22, 2016

The FEI chose Lexington, Kentucky, and Samorin, in western Slovakia, as potential hosts for the 2022 games.... Read More

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Researchers Validate New Equine Drug-Testing Method

December 21, 2016

Scientists in Hong Kong validated a "dilute-and-shoot" test that can check for more than 40 difficult-to-detect drugs.... Read More

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RCI Adjusts MMV Points, Expands Out-of-Competition Testing

December 16, 2016

The adjustment means minor infractions aren't treated on par with serious violations in determining extra penalties.... Read More

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RCI Board Approves Compliance Certification

December 14, 2016

The board voted to create a regulatory compliance program, setting minimum integrity standards based on the Model Rules.... Read More

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Stakeholders Support Central Rule Making for Drug Rules

December 09, 2016

Focus groups and a survey revealed industry support for a centralized rule making entity for racehorse medication rules.... Read More

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New Test Barn, Chain of Custody Recommendations Released

December 08, 2016

The recommendations from the RMTC and NTRA are designed to encourage the use of best practices at racetracks.... Read More

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Where Rules Matter Most: Managing Your Horse's Medications

November 18, 2016

Work with your vet to find the best options for your horse that are within your breed or show association's drug rules.... Read More

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NTRA Approves Safety, Integrity Code of Standards Updates

October 24, 2016

Updates include a January 2019 deadline for total compliance with the National Uniform Medication Program.... Read More

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Belgian Endurance Horse Tests Positive for Banned Substance

October 14, 2016

Houkoumi G tested positive for O-desmethyltramadol after finishing third in an endurance ride in September.... Read More

Denmark’s Stinna Tange Kaastrup and "Smarties," double bronze medalists at the Rio 2016 Paralympics in the Grade 1b para-dressage.

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All Drug Tests From Rio Para-Dressage Competitors Clean

September 23, 2016

This means back-to-back clean Paralympic games (London 2012 and Rio 2016) for para-equestrian participants.... Read More

Rio 2016 Paralympics Grade 1b Freestyle medalists: (L to R) Pepo Puch (AUT) won silver, Stinne Tange Kaastrup (DEN) took the bronze, and Lee Pearson (GBR) captured the gold.

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Rio 2016 Paralympics: Competition Wraps Up With Freestyles

September 19, 2016

The para-dressage events at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games wrapped up on Sept. 16.... Read More

Natasha Baker (GBR) takes the gold in the Grade II individual test.

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Rio 2016 Paralympics: Golds Pour In for Great Britain

September 15, 2016

Great Britain has won the overall team championships of the Rio 2016 para-dressage competition with a score of 453.306.... Read More

The medal winners from the Rio 2016 Paralympics Grade IV para-dressage: Sophie Wells (GBR) took gold, Michèle George (GER) claimed silver, and Frank Hosmar (NED) earned the bronze.

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Rio 2016 Paralympics: Wells, Puch Reign in Rio

September 14, 2016

Pepo Puch (AUT) won the Grade Ib individual medal, while Sophie Wells (GBR) took the Grade IV individual title.... Read More

Norway’s Ann Cathrin Lübbe wins the first Para-Equestrian medal at Rio 2016, taking gold in the Grade III Individual test on Donatello.

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Rio 2016 Paralympics: Gold for Norway as Lubbe Back on Top

September 13, 2016

Norway's Ann Cathrin Lubbe and Donatello took home the first gold of the Rio 2016 para-dressage competition.... Read More

Great Britain’s Sophie Christiansen and Athene Lindebjerg win the Grade 1a team test to put Team Great Britain into the lead at this stage.

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Rio Paralympics: Britain Takes Command of Team Competition

September 12, 2016

Following Monday's tests Great Britain leads the team competition, ahead of Belgium and Germany. ... Read More

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RMTC Approves New York Drug Testing Laboratory Accreditation

September 12, 2016

The NYDTL is the eighth laboratory to become accredited by the RMTC since 2013.... Read More

Norway's Ann Cathrin Lubbe and Donatello take the top spot in the Grade III team test on Day 1 of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

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Rio 2016 Paralympics: Lubbe, Pearson Lead After Day One

September 11, 2016

Ann Cathrin Lubbe and Donatello took the Grade III test while Lee Pearson and Zion topped the Grade Ib test.... Read More

Four years ago in London, Great Britain took gold, Germany took silver, and Ireland took bronze.

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Para-Equestrians Prepare to do Battle for Paralympic Medals

September 06, 2016

Para-equestrians from 29 nations will compete for the most coveted medals in the sport starting on Sept. 11.... Read More

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All Horse, Human Drug Tests From Rio Olympics Clean

August 29, 2016

A total of 60 equine samples--30% of the 200 competing horses--were tested during the Games. ... Read More

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California Racehorse Drug Testing Moving Forward

August 23, 2016

Researchers will be studying the use of biomarkers drug testing.... Read More

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Pennsylvania Track Groom Accused of Fixing Horse Races

August 23, 2016

Several horses had allegedly received clenbuterol, and groom Marian Vega was found to be in possession of the drug.... Read More

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Comeback King Skelton Takes Individual Gold in Jumping

August 19, 2016

Nick Skelton, aboard Big Star, becoming the first British jumping rider to win individual gold.... Read More

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Behind the Scenes at the Olympic Farriery Forge

August 18, 2016

British and Brazilian farriers are working around the clock to keep the equine athletes well-shod in Rio de Janiero.... Read More