endurance racing

Jordan: Endurance Horse Tests Positive For Banned, Controlled Substances After May Event

The Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) has announced an adverse analytical finding involving prohibited substances in a Jordanian endurance horse. Samples taken at the 80km CEI*1 in Amman, Jordan, on May 21, from Obama Al Aswad—who placed second with rider Nayef Al Fayez—have returned positive for the banned substance boldenone and the controlled medications dexamethasone, meloxicam, […]

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UAE Federation Appeals Suspension To FEI Tribunal

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) National Federation has lodged a formal appeal to the FEI Tribunal against its provisional suspension from the FEI. The FEI Bureau provisionally suspended the UAE National Federation on 12 March 2015 for an indeterminate period following an investigation by the FEI into major horse welfare issues and non-compliance with FEI […]

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UAE Banned From Endurance Events Over Equine Welfare Concerns, Rules Violations

The United Arab Emirates’ equestrian federation was suspended by the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) on Thursday following an investigation into “major horse welfare issues” and rules violations in endurance events. The suspension comes after England’s Telegraph newspaper conducted an investigation that uncovered 12 allegedly “bogus” UAE-hosted endurance races. The FEI has since asked Quest, an […]

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FEI Removes UAE Endurance Events From Calendar, Citing Welfare Concerns

The FEI distributed the following press release this week: Following the first meeting of the new FEI Executive Board, chaired by recently elected President Ingmar De Vos, Secretary General Sabrina Zeender has removed the two remaining international Endurance events scheduled to be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in March 2015 from the FEI […]

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Report: U.S. May Leave International Equestrian Federation and Form New Governing Body

If the International Federation for Equestrian Sports (Federation Equestre Internationale – FEI) cannot clearly prove that it has resolved the drug/doping investigation from last year, the United States has indicated it will form a separate governing body, according to a report in The Telegraph. At the American Endurance Ride Conference’s annual convention in Atlanta, the […]

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Sheikh Mohammed’s Equine Operation ‘Must Not Be Above the Law’ in Recent Scandals

The recent news that “thousands of pounds worth” of unlicensed veterinary products had been seized by British authorities from a Dubai Royal Air Wing jet is the latest in a series of drug scandals that have involved Sheikh Mohammed’s equine operations this year. Earlier this year, Mahmood al Zarooni, one of Godolphin’s trainers, was banned […]

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Godolphin Launches Investigation into Veterinary Drugs Seized on Dubai Jet

Godolphin has launched an internal investigation after a large shipment of unlicensed veterinary drugs were found on a plane belonging to the Dubai Royal Air wing. British authorities seized “thousands of pounds worth” of bute, sedatives, anti-inflammatories, and anaesthetics earlier this year on a flight that arrived at Stansted airport, according to an article in […]

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Godolphin Steroid Scandal Recalls One Similar in Endurance Racing

The current scandal that involves Godolphin Racing and one of its former trainers, Mahmood al Zarooni, bears a similar resemblance to a situation that involved endurance horses trained at Sheikh Mohammed’s stables just a few years ago. In an article in Tuesday’s Telegraph, Pippa Cuckson writes that more than “20 endurance horses trained in Dubai […]

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