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Statement from Equine Canada regarding the disqualification of Victor

Tuesday, 07 August 2012

Tiffany Foster and Victor just when they passed the first horse inspection without any problems. Equine Canada has issued the following statement regarding the International Equestrian Federation's (FEI) hypersensitivity testing protocol:

"We fully support the FEI in its hypersensitivity testing protocol. This is an important testing procedure for the fairness of our sport and for the welfare of the horse which must always be paramount. Victor, our team horse, did have a small but sensitive area on the coronary band as a result of a minor lesion. This resulted in the disqualification of the horse in accordance with the FEI's hypersensitivity protocol. The Canadian Team is disappointed with the outcome, and the impact both on our team and the Olympic dreams of our athlete Tiffany Foster," states Michael Gallagher, President of  Equine Canada.

"Equine Canada appreciates that the FEI has shared with us the findings of the veterinary examinations. We also thank the FEI and its president, HRH Princess Haya Al Hussein, for making it clear that the disqualification in no way implies any wrong doing on the part of the Canadian Team, nor athlete Tiffany Foster."

Read more on the FEI's hypersensitivity protocol.

Source: Press release from Equine Canada

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