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Riders suspended in prohibited substance cases under FEI anti-doping rules

Thursday, 06 April 2017

The FEI has today announced six adverse analytical findings involving prohibited substances, three of them involving jumping riders. 

The cases involve the use of banned substances* under the FEI’s Equine Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Regulations (EADCMRs).

The athletes have been provisionally suspended from the date of notification (5 April 2017) until the FEI Tribunal renders its decision, and the horses have been provisionally suspended for two months:

Horse: Luke Skywalker 46 (FEI ID 46 /103XB94/USA)

Person Responsible: Paige Johnson (FEI ID 10013411/USA)

Event: CSI2* Wellington FL (USA), 17-22.01.2017

Prohibited Substance: Pramoxine

Horse: Sirene de la Motte (FEI ID 103RA62/BEL)

Person Responsible: Marlon Modolo Zanotelli (FEI ID 10031717/BRA)

Event: CSI3* Vilamoura (POR), 20-26.02.2017

Prohibited Substance: Sparteine

Horse: Cenerado (FEI ID 104FU71/ITA)

Person Responsible: Giacomo Bassi (FEI ID 10035513/ITA)

Event: CSI3* Gorla Minore (ITA), 9-12.03.2017

Prohibited Substance: Stanozolol, Ketoprofen

Details on these cases can be found here and here. Information on the substances is available on the searchable FEI Equine Prohibited Substances Database.


The FEI’s Prohibited Substances List is divided into two sections - controlled medication and banned substances. Controlled medication substances are those that are regularly used to treat horses, but which must have been cleared from the horse’s system by the time of competition. Banned (doping) substances should never be found in the body of the horse.

In the case of an adverse analytical finding for a banned substance, the Person Responsible (PR) is automatically provisionally suspended from the date of notification. The horse is suspended for two months. In the case of a positive for a specified substance, provisional suspension is not automatic.

The FEI has also introduced the concept of specified substances. Specified substances should not in any way be considered less important or less dangerous than other prohibited substances. Rather, they are simply substances which are more likely to have been ingested by horses for a purpose other than the enhancement of sport performance, for example, through a contaminated food substance.

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