The International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI) has ruled that the positive test on Bardolina 2 at last October's Nations Cup show-jumping event was most likely precipitated by human contamination. The horse's groom had been prescribed anti-depressant medication for the past five years, according to horse-canada.com, and admitted to urinating in the stall at the event.
At the negotiated settlement, rider Mario Deslauriers provided an expert witness to demonstrate that the dosage of O-Desmethylvenlafaxine found in Bardolina's system could, “within a reasonable degree of scientific certainty,” lead to the positive test.
Deslauriers and Bardolina were disqualified from the Nations Cup and provisionally suspended following the positive test. However, the FEI's decision exonerates Deslauriers and the rider will face no additional sanctions.
Read more at horse-canada.com.
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