From April 1st, Ireland introduces national anti-doping rules for all equestrian disciplines for the first time. The new document is based on the FEI model and essentially incorporates two sets of rules, one for so called "Controlled Medications" and the other for "Banned Substances". The list of prohibited substances will be the same as that used by the FEI.
Horse Sport Ireland Chairman Joe Walsh said that the passing of the rules was a seminal moment for the equestrian sector. "These rules will help to ensure a level playing field in national equestrian competitions, will protect the welfare of horses and I believe they will help to enhance the standing of the Irish equestrian sector at home and abroad," he said.
"Unfortunately the reputation of the Irish equestrian sector has been tarnished in the past and we have ground to make up. We need to show the general public and people coming to Ireland to buy horses that we have a no-nonsense approach to the use of prohibited substances in our sport," he said.
To read the full statement from Joe Walsh - go to horsesportireland.ie
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