Two international dressage riders whose horses tested positive for a banned substance in 2017 have received their sentencing from the FEI, the international governing body of horse sport.
Kaitlin Blythe, who rides Don Principe, and Adrienne Lyle, who rides Horizon, were both feeding Soothing Pink to their mounts. The supplement is designed to ease gastric upset in horses and is manufactured by Cargill Inc. Officials determined that the specific batch of supplement both horses were fed were contaminated with ractopamine. When fed to animals raised for meat, ractopamine reduces the amount of fat.
It was determined that neither rider knowingly gave the drug to their horse, but the FEI Tribunal stated both riders bore the ultimate responsibility of the positive drug test. According to Horse and Hound, a statement from the Tribunal read the group is “of the opinion that by using a supplement in the first place, the PR [person responsible; the rider] is already negligent.” Both Blythe and Lyle were handed fines of just over $3,000 each and are suspended for three months (backdated to 2017). The riders stated they do not feel they were negligent, but have accepted the penalties to avoid further issue.
The FEI warns that the person's responsible for the competition horse are ultimately responsible for everything the horse eats and they should be careful of all supplements and their ingredients.
Read more at Horse & Hound.
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