Drug Testing


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


Physiologic Java Jolt Supports Illegal Status of Caffeine

December 14, 2008

Not only does caffeine offer a "pick-me-up" to a large chunk of North America's population, but it has once again been confirmed as a performance-enhancing drug in horses.

In the study, "Effects of intravenous... Read More


Veterinarian in Cobra Venom Case Could Resume Practicing Soon

December 09, 2008

Rodney Stewart, the veterinarian who has been suspended for five years after cobra venom and other medications belonging to him were discovered in a trainer's barn at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky., June 22, 2007, could resume... Read More


Veterinarian States His Case Against Cobra Venom Charges

December 04, 2008

Suspended equine veterinarian Rodney Stewart testified Dec. 3 that he was unaware that a soft-sided cooler he left in a refrigerator in a barn at Keeneland contained the prohibited substance cobra toxin.

Also, during a daylong hearing of... Read More


Louisiana to Adopt Racehorse Steroids Rule

December 04, 2008

Using emergency regulations, the Louisiana Racing Commission has banned the use of anabolic steroids in racehorses effective Jan. 1, 2009.

Racing commission executive director Charlie Gardiner said the regulations were adopted Dec. 2 via... Read More


Veterinarian to Appeal Suspension in Cobra Venom Case

December 03, 2008

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has scheduled a Dec. 3 hearing to consider the appeal of Dr. Rodney Stewart, who was suspended five years in September 2007 for multiple violations of the state's medication regulations.

Stewart's appeal... Read More


FEI Classifies Capsaicin as Doping, Not Medication

November 29, 2008

If the drug capsaicin is found in any future samples from equine atheletes in International Equestrian Federation (FEI)-sanctioned events, the results will be treated as doping, not medication, according to veterinary committee chairman John... Read More


FEI Veterinary Committee Reports on Activities

November 24, 2008

The Veterinary Committee of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) presented a report on its activities at the organization's general assembly, held Nov. 17-21, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Highlights of the report:


FEI Forms Commission on Medication and Doping

November 20, 2008

The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), the governing body of international equestrian sport, today announced the creation of a commission on medication and doping chaired by Arne Ljungqvist, MD, PhD, chairman of the International Olympic... Read More


Second Hearing Held in Norwegian Rider's Olympic Case

November 14, 2008

A second hearing in the prohibited substance case involving the horse Camiro, ridden at the 2008 Olympic Games by Tony Andre Hansen of Norway, took place Nov. 8.

The panel of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) Tribunal hear... Read More


Sales Integrity Program Report: 163 Steroid Tests Requested

November 08, 2008

From the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association

The Sales Integrity Program managed by the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association... Read More


No Breeders' Cup Positives for Steroids, EPO, TCO2

November 08, 2008

None of the horses that participated in this year's Breeders' Cup World Championships Oct. 24-25 at Santa Anita tested positive for steroids, blood-doping agents or TCO2 (bicarbonate), according to Pam Blatz-Murff, senior vice... Read More


Two Harness Vets Suspended, Fined

October 24, 2008

Veterinarians Rick Rothfuss and Rick Mather of Columbus, Ohio, each have been fined $10,000 and have drawn six-month suspensions as a result of an initial investigation at The Red Mile trotting track in Lexington, Ky.

Richard Williams,... Read More


Irish Equestrian Disqualified from Olympics for Medication Positive

October 17, 2008

The panel of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) Tribunal has rendered its final decision in the prohibited substance case involving the horse Lantinus 3 ridden by Denis Lynch of Ireland at the 2008 Olympic Games.

Lynch was... Read More


New York Bans Racehorse Steroids

October 15, 2008

New York is joining other states in cracking down on steroid use in horse racing, state regulators announced Oct. 14.

"For the sake of the betting public, we want to do everything in our power to ensure that racing runs on a level playing... Read More


Tribunal Reaches Decision in Alves Olympic Medication Case

October 10, 2008

The panel of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) Tribunal has rendered its final decision in the prohibited substance case involving the horse Chupa Chup ridden by Bernardo Alves of Brazil at the 2008 Olympic Games.

Alves has been... Read More


Case Decision: Pessoa Disqualified from 2008 Olympics

October 03, 2008

The panel of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) Tribunal has rendered its final decision in the prohibited substance case involving the horse Rufus ridden by Rodrigo Pessoa of Brazil at the 2008 Olympic Games.

Pessoa and Rufus... Read More