Endurance Horses Test Positive for Banned Substances

The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) has announced three new adverse analytical findings involving prohibited substances at two FEI endurance events.

Three horses competing in Mesaieed, Qatar, have all tested positive for diisopropylamine, a vasodilator used to treat peripheral and cerebral vascular disorders. These are the first cases involving the use of diisopropylamine, which is a banned substance under the FEI’s Equine Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Regulations.

Two horses—the Qatari horse R S Nube Blanca, ridden by Gaje Singh Hari Singh (IND) in a CEI2* 120-kilometer event at Mesaieed on Nov. 19, 2016, and Acqua Vela, ridden by Maryam Ahmad S A Al Boinin (QAT) to win the CEIYJ1* 90-kilometer event on the same day—were tested on the day of the event. The third horse, Tarifa, was ridden by Mattar Said Khalfan Al Saadi (OMA) to win the CEI1* 80 on Jan. 7 at Mesaieed. Samples were also collected from Tarifa on the day of the event.

All three athletes have been provisionally suspended from the date of notification (Feb. 8). The three horses have also been provisionally suspended for a period of two months.

As trainer of both the Qatari horses Waleed Said Khalfan Al Saa'di (QAT) has also been provisionally suspended.

Additional details on these cases are available on the FEI website here and here.

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