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Rio 2016 Olympic Equestrian Facilities and Plans

October 07, 2009

Rick Mitchell, DVM, isn't anticipating any major challenges regarding the health or welfare of the horses that will travel to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the 2016 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.

"The health concerns are pretty routine,"... Read More

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2016 Olympics: Rio de Janeiro Elected as Host City

October 02, 2009

The city of Rio de Janeiro has been elected as the Host City of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in 2016 following a vote by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session. IOC President Jacques Rogge made the announcement at the close of the... Read More

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Extended Suspension Means No Olympics for German Equestrian Ahlmann

August 20, 2009

For Christian Ahlmann, the four-month forbidden substance suspension that morphed into an eight-month suspension has its own "long tail"--in Ahlmann's case, a ban against competing in the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Ahlmann was suspended... Read More

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FEI Completes Investigation into German Equestrian Federation

August 19, 2009

The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) isn't yet revealing its findings, but on August 14 it announced the completion of its investigation into doping allegations involving riders and officials of the German Equestrian Federation (German... Read More

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London 2012 Olympic Equestrian Events to Tread Lightly on Land

July 11, 2009

Not one tree will be removed from London's oldest Royal Park, the 183-acre Greenwich Park, in converting the space to the site of the 2012 Olympic equestrian and pentathlon events, said Tim Hadaway, equestrian manager for the London Organizing... Read More

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Horse Doping Case in FEI President's Family

June 20, 2009

The International Equestrian Federation (FEI) is investigating a second member of its president's family for alleged horse doping.

The governing body said Friday that Princess Haya of Jordan will step aside from her presidential duties... Read More

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German Equestrian Teams Go Kaput in Wake of Drug and Med Scandals

June 10, 2009

Want to become a member of the German jumping, eventing, or dressage team? Even if you have a medal on your mantelpiece, you'll have to reapply for consideration by the German Olympic Sports Federation.

That's because, as of May 28, there... Read More

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Equine Teams in Germany Disbanded Following Olympic Drug Issues

May 29, 2009

On May 28 the German equestrian federation stated that the national dressage, show jumping, and eventing teams had been disbanded "in the wake of further suggestions of doping and medication of horses," according to an article on Read More

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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

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Brentina Home After Colic Surgery, Retirement Ceremony Planned

March 18, 2009

Olympic dressage horse Brentina returned to her winter home in California Feb. 23 following colic surgery Feb. 10.

The 18-year-old Hanoverian mare, who has been the partner of Idaho-based dressage rider Debbie McDonald since the age of... Read More

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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

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Brentina's Colic Surgery: 'Routine' but Necessary, Surgeon Says

February 18, 2009

As colic surgeries go, the procedure that U.S. Olympic dressage competitor Brentina underwent Feb. 10 was "pretty routine," according to her surgeon, Nicole Johnson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, of Humphrey, Giacopuzzi & Associates Equine Hospital in... Read More

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Brentina on the Mend After Colic Surgery

February 16, 2009

Olympian Debbie McDonald reported Feb. 12 that her equine partner Brentina had downed her first four meals, consisting of soaked timothy pellets, following surgery Feb. 10 to remove an impaction from her small intestine.

McDonald, of Hailey... Read More

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Brentina Recovering from Surgery for Impacted Colon

February 13, 2009

Brentina, the 18-year-old chestnut Hanoverian mare who has been the partner of U.S. dressage rider Debbie McDonald, underwent surgery Feb. 10 to remove an impaction from her small intestine. According to news reports, the procedure took place at... Read More

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AAEP 2008: Olympic Veterinary Care

February 10, 2009

What's it like to be an equine veterinarian behind the scenes at the Olympic Games? Horse owners got to hear about the experience at the Healthy Horses Workshop of the 2008 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention (held Dec. 6-10... Read More

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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

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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

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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

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Qualification System for Youth Olympic Games Approved

December 21, 2008

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has approved the sports competitions programme for the first Summer Youth Olympic Games (YOG) to be held in Singapore in 2010, as well as the qualification system for each event.

Show jumping, the sole... Read More

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WEG Equine Piroplasmosis Protocol Released

December 12, 2008

After years in development, a plan that allows horses positive for equine piroplasmosis to enter the United States in order to compete in the Alltech 2010 World Equestrian Games was recently presented to the Fédération Equestre Internationale... Read More

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Olympic Horse Dies After Fall at Indoor Event

December 01, 2008

Call Again Cavalier, a horse ridden by Britain's Mary King, was euthanized yesterday after he fell during the inaugural Express Eventing International Cup, Read More

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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

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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:

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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

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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