Recent News for Competition News & Issues


OSRC Sets Cobalt Limits and Penalties

March 24, 2016

The thresholds and penalties will take effect April 15, the day cobalt testing begins at all Ohio racetracks.... Read More


NYSGC, NYRA Announce Enhanced Security Protocols

March 24, 2016

Horses in the 2016 Wood Memorial will be subject to out-of-competition testing, publicized veterinary records, and more.... Read More


TVMDL Drug Testing Lab Receives RMTC Accreditation

March 20, 2016

Texas A&M's Drug Testing Laboratory is the seventh to receive full RMTC accreditation.... Read More


Jockey Club Grants for Out-of-Competition Testing Available

March 18, 2016

Racetracks in California, Florida, Kentucky, New York, and Ontario have participated since the program began in 2014.... Read More


Thoroughbred Racing Legislation Earns Additional Support

March 15, 2016

The legislation would aid in creating uniform standards in drug testing and enforcement for Thoroughbred racing.... Read More


FEI Tribunal Issues Decisions in UAE Endurance Cases

March 11, 2016

The decisions are on cases involving Dr. Hallvard Sommerseth, Abdul Aziz Sheikh, and Ali Mohammed Al Muhairi.... Read More


RMTC Board Approves Recommend Drug Thresholds

February 26, 2016

The board also voted in support of an expanded and more comprehensive out-of-competition drug testing rule.... Read More


RMTC Hosts Horse Hair Testing Workshop at UC Davis

February 17, 2016

Participants learned how to detect, identify, and analyze anabolic steroids and other substances using hair samples.... Read More


Cal Expo Stewards Suspend Trainer with History of Cobalt Use

February 04, 2016

Stewards suspended Marissa Tyler after tests revealed that Standardbreds in her barn had excessive cobalt levels.... Read More


USEF to Host Additional Town Hall Meeting on Medications

January 13, 2016

The meeting, taking place at the USEF's annual convention, will focus on drug and medication accountability.... Read More


Australian Vets Condemn Cobalt Misuse in Horses

December 11, 2015

Equine Veterinarians Australia says the misuse of cobalt in horses is a serious welfare issue.... Read More


NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance Updates Code of Standards

December 10, 2015

The changes encourage governing jurisdictions to adopt RMTC criteria pertaining to official drug testing laboratories.... Read More


First Phase of Ohio Cobalt Study Complete

November 23, 2015

Preliminary results suggest cobalt could have detrimental effects on a number of equine body systems.... Read More


FEI Managing Several Prohibited Substance Cases

November 18, 2015

The FEI said a jumper and an endurance horse tested positive, and they issued decisions in other cases.... Read More

Olympic formats were the focus of the Nov. 12 session at the FEI General Assembly, with FEI President Ingmar De Vos (left) leading discussions with national federations on proposed changes to Olympic competition formats. The three Olympic discipline chairs--Frank Kemperman (dressage), John Madden (jumping), and Giuseppe Della Chiesa (eventing)--detailed the proposals to delegates.


Olympic Formats Take Center Stage at FEI General Assembly

November 13, 2015

Attendees discussed potential changes to the jumping, dressage, and eventing formats for future Olympic games.... Read More


New Synthetic Opioid Found by New York Racing Lab

November 09, 2015

The drug, AH-7921, is one of the novel psychoactive substances that continue to emerge onto the designer drug market. ... Read More

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach was greeted at FEI Headquarters by the stallion Sarango after meetings with an FEI delegation.


IOC President, FEI Discuss Olympic Agenda 2020

November 05, 2015

Olympic Agenda 2020 is the strategic road map for the future of the Olympic movement.... Read More


Accountability for USEF Drugs and Medications Violations

November 04, 2015

The USEF approved a rule change which expands the range of responsible parties for drug and medication violations.... Read More


South African Jumper Tests Positive for Prohibited Substance

October 22, 2015

The show jumping horse Felix Van De Mispelaere tested positive for vasodilator minoxidil.... Read More


TVMDL Receives Interim Accreditation From RMTC

October 20, 2015

The Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory's drug testing lab is the seventh such to achieve this status.... Read More


UAE Endurance Course Attracts Nearly 1,400 Delegates

October 18, 2015

Further, an Emirates Equestrian Federation official was provisionally suspended for failing to observe the FEI rules.... Read More


Six More U.S. House Members Support Barr/Tonko Bill

October 14, 2015

The legislation would establish an independent authority to implement a national uniform racehorse medication program.... Read More


Uruguayan Endurance Horse Tests Positive for Guanabenz

October 01, 2015

LG Muneerah's sample was positive for guanabenz, a sedative with analgesic effects.... Read More


FEI Clears Guerdat, Bichsel in Prohibited Substances Cases

September 27, 2015

The FEI determined that feed contaminated with poppy seeds was responsible for three horses' positive drug tests.... Read More


FEI Tribunal Issues Decision on Salahdin Du Lauragais Case

September 18, 2015

Salahdin Du Lauragais tested positive for the banned substance reserpine, a long-lasting tranquilizer.... Read More