Equestrian Australia received notification from the Fédération Equestre Internationale on Dec. 2 that the B sample taken from Clifton Pinot at the Land Rover Burghley CCI**** (Great Britain) has come back positive for the banned substance reserpine.
Kevin McNab and Clifton Pinot, a 14-year-old Thoroughbred (Wallenda—Ice Stinker, Icelandic) gelding owned by McNab and Frances Stead, finished 14th in the event.
“In accordance with FEI processes, Kevin must now provide a written explanation to the FEI,” stated Equestrian Australia CEO Grant Baldock in a release. “EA has spoken to Kevin, who is now considering his options. EA treats any breaches of doping and medication control seriously and has fully adopted and endorsed the FEI and ASADA anti-doping policies and procedures in this regard. As the case is ongoing, Equestrian Australia cannot make any further comment at this time.”
This announcement comes just a few days after the FEI released results of Clifton Promise’s B sample, which was also positive.
McNab is still provisionally suspended from all national and international competitions.