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November 14, 2009

Confused About Amateur Rules?

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LCBLAKE
5 years 5 weeks ago
Amateur status
Bill Moroney is quoted here as saying: “Right now if you have a situation where a horse comes up with two NSAIDS and tests positive for a third in a trace amount, that situation is treated just about... Read More

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LCBLAKE
5 years 5 weeks ago

Amateur status

Bill Moroney is quoted here as saying:

“Right now if you have a situation where a horse comes up with two NSAIDS and tests positive for a third in a trace amount, that situation is treated just about as severely as falsifying amateur status,” he said. “Amateur status affects [USEF] horse of the year awards, zone awards, prize money, the integrity of the person and of the whole system. Every year when you sign your membership form you’re submitting a signed, sworn statement that you aren’t violating the rule. Lying about that is a lot different, to me, than a swapped feed bucket.”

I hope that our USEF president didn't mean this the way it sounds. Talk about sending the wrong message! The use of multiple NSAIDS puts our horsees' welfare in jeopardy, and their well-being is more important than any zone award or prize money. As a working amateur I'm all about fair, but practices that put horses at risk should carry much higher penalties than they do, irrespective of the amateur issue.

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