The Person Responsible is a jumping rider for Ireland and took part with his Horse at the CSI5* GCT/GCT in Hamburg, Germany. Samples for testing were taken from the Horse on 27 may 2017.
The banned substance Demecolcine was found in the A sample of the Horse. Demecolcine is used for Rheumatic treatment and Chemotherapy and is classified as a banned substance under the FEI Equine Prohibited Substances List. The Person Responsible and the Horse both had imposed a Provisional Suspension of two months.
Since the proceeding were opened Demecolcine was reclassified on the FEI Equine Prohibited Substances List as a **Specified Substance on 1 January 2018. Demecolcine is a metabolites of the Autumn Crocus and therefore can enter the Horse’s system through contaminated hay.
The most likely plausible explanation for how the Substance entered the Horse’s system is contamination of Autumn Crocus in the feed at the Event. Further, there are other cases from 2017 in which the Horse also ate the hay at the event.
The FEI agreed the Person Responsible bore no fault or negligence for the Substance in the Horse’s system. The Person Responsible and the Horse were automatically disqualified from the event but the FEI ruled that no further sanctions should be imposed.
Information on all substances is available on https://inside.fei.org/fei/cleansport/ad-h/prohibited-list. Further information on this case can be found on https://inside.fei.org/fei/your-role/athletes/fei-tribunal/ead-decisions
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