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    After reviewing a post on a horseshow board this week, I was shocked to see the penalties that are imposed on cheats. I found the censure and $300 fines that were being handed out for owners that showed their horses in ineligable classes to be laughable and very sad. Also, I was surprised that the trainers who signed those entry forms were not censured or fined at all. Don't trainers know if their client is eligable for a divison or class? Of course they do. Check out the July "For the Record" - administrative penalty ruling area on the USEF site and see if you are not as outraged as I am. Is it only worth a $300 fee to be paid to the horseshows ( in one case, 8 horseshows for the named owner!) for having their AO horse show in the 1st year greens for three years? God only knows how many trainers and owners get away this activity. How about hitting the trainers and owners with a meaningful fine or a time out for their darling hunter? Come on USEF !! A tap on the wrist for cheating and a fee that is less than their entry fees and expenses for a show is just not appropriate. If you see something-say something and these cheats will think twice before continuing their games. Time for me to check on some of those trainers!



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    WOW, that's some list of people pulling the same stunt with some...er...interesting names on it. Amber Hill Farms, Aaron Vale?????

    That kind of elminates the possibility it was just one owner with one horse that lied to several different trainers...especially since some of the owners/part owners on that list ARE the trainers too...and a few are not first time offenders.

    I agree, it ought to be a stiffer penalty. Otherwise these will turn up 4 states away with a brand new name and "eligible Green" next year. As they have for years.

    ETA it should be more then twice the cost of their ineligible division...usually $125-$150 per show. You'd think anyway...more for repeat offenders of USEF rules.
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    Administrative Penalties List

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    ALEXA BOGGIO of Canton, GA violated Rule HU103.1of this Federation, in connection with the WEF 11 Horse Show held on March 21-25, 2012 and the Atlanta Spring Classic II Horse Show held on March 28 – April 1, 2012, in that she, as owner, exhibited the horse, HIDDEN CREEK’S LIMELIGHT, in the First Year Green Working Hunter Division although it had previously shown in classes and/or divisions in 2010 and 2011 that would make it ineligible for either section of the Green Hunter Division beginning in 2012. For this violation it was determined that ALEXA BOGGIO be censured pursuant to Chapter 7, GR703.1a and that she must return for redistribution all trophies, prizes, ribbons, and monies, if any, won by HIDDEN CREEK’S LIMELIGHT in the First Year Green Working Hunter Division and must pay a $300 fee to each competition in connection with this penalty pursuant to Chapter 7, GR703.1g.

    AMBER HILL FARM of Bedminster, NJ violated Rule HU104.1of this Federation, in connection with the RMI Mid-Florida December Horse Show held on December 16-18, 2011, in that they, as owner, exhibited the pony, LOYALTY, in the Green Pony Hunter Division although it had previously shown in classes and/or divisions in 2011 that would make it ineligible for the Green Pony Hunter Division beginning in 2012. For this violation, it was determined that AMBER HILL FARM be censured pursuant to Chapter 7, GR703.1a and that they must return for redistribution all trophies, prizes, ribbons, and monies, if any, won by LOYALTY in the Green Pony Hunter Division and must pay a $300 fee to the competition in connection with this penalty pursuant to Chapter 7, GR703.1g.

    ARABIAN HORSE ASSN. OF ARIZONA of Scottsdale, AZ violated Chapter 12, GR1211.1 and GR1211.2a and Chapter 10, GR1011.3 of this Federation, in connection with The American Cup Championship Arabian Horse Show held on November 11-13, 2011, in that the ARABIAN HORSE ASSN. OF ARIZONA, as Competition Management, failed to apply for a Guest Card for the Judge of the Reining division. For this violation, it was determined that ARABIAN HORSE ASSN. OF ARIZONA be censured pursuant to Chapter 7, GR703.1a and fined $300 pursuant to Chapter 7, GR703.1j.

    CHRISTAN TRAINOR of Helensburgh NSW, Australia violated Chapter 8, GR828.1 and GR828.3 of this Federation, in connection with the CCI1* Sydney AUS held on September 10, 2011; CIC2* Goulburn AUS held on October 15, 2011; CIC2* Canberra AUS held on October 29, 2011 and the CCI2* Adelaide AUS held on November 18, 2011 in that she failed to timely pay the per competition applications fees. For this violation, it was determined that CHRISTAN TRAINOR be censured pursuant to Chapter 7, GR703.1a and fined $250 pursuant to Chapter 7, GR703.1j.

    CHUCK and DANA WATERS of Sparr, FL violated Rule JP116.5 of this Federation, in connection with the Ocala Winter Classic held on February 7-10, 2012 and the Ocala Tournament Horse Show held on February 8 – March 4, 2012, in that they, as owners, exhibited the horse, ZARINA VDL, in the YJC Seven and Eight Year Old Class although it had previously shown in a class in 2012 that would make it ineligible for the this Class. For this violation it was determined that CHUCK and DANA WATERS be censured pursuant to Chapter 7, GR703.1a and that they must return for redistribution all trophies, prizes, ribbons, and monies, if any, won by ZARINA VDL in the YJC Seven and Eight Year Old Class and must pay a $300 fee to each competition in connection with this penalty pursuant to Chapter 7, GR703.1g.

    DOUG’S CREW and AARON VALE of Morriston, FL violated Rule JP116.5 of this Federation, in connection with the Ocala Tournament Horse Show held on February 8 – March 4, 2012, in that they, as owners, exhibited the horse, HONEYLANDS DOUGLASON, in the YJC Seven and Eight Year Old Class although it had previously shown in classes in 2012 that would make it ineligible for this Class. For this violation it was determined that DOUG’S CREW and AARON VALE be censured pursuant to Chapter 7, GR703.1a and that they must return for redistribution all trophies, prizes, ribbons, and monies, if any, won by HONEYLANDS DOUGLASON in the YJC Seven and Eight Year Old Class and must pay a $300 fee to the competition in connection with this penalty pursuant to Chapter 7, GR703.1g.

    KRISTEN D. GUADAGNINO of Manchester, CT, violated Chapter 4, GR410-411 of this Federation, in connection with the Folly Farm March Horse Show held on March 24, 2012, in that, she, as trainer, exhibited the horse SIERRA after it had been administered and/or contained in its body 2-(1-hydroxyethyl) promazine sulfoxide. For this violation it was determined that pursuant to Chapter 7, GR703.1b and GR703.1f, KRISTEN D. GUADAGNINO be found not in good standing, suspended from membership and forbidden from the privilege of taking any part whatsoever in any Licensed Competition for two months and is excluded from all competition grounds during Licensed Competitions for that period: (1) as an exhibitor, participant or spectator; (2) from participating in all Federation affairs and activities, (3) from holding or exercising office in the Federation or in any Licensed Competition; and (4) from
    attending, observing or participating in any event, forum, meeting, program, clinic, task force, or committee of the Federation, sponsored by or conducted by the Federation, or held in connection with the Federation and any of its activities. The two month suspension shall commence on March 1, 2013 and terminate at midnight on April 30, 2013. Any horse or horses owned, leased, or of
    any partnership, corporation or stable of hers, or shown in her name or for her reputation, (whether such interest was held at the time of the alleged violation or acquired thereafter), shall also be suspended, pursuant to Chapter 7, GR703.1c for the same period. KRISTEN D. GUADAGNINO was also fined $2,000 pursuant to Chapter 7, GR703.1j. It was further directed that for this violation
    of the rules, KRISTEN D. GUADAGNINO, as owner, must return for redistribution all trophies, prizes, ribbons, and monies, if any, won by SIERRA at said competition and must pay a $300 fee to the competition in connection with this penalty pursuant to Chapter 4, GR406.15.

    KRISTIN LLOYD of Hopewell Junction, NY, violated Chapter 4, GR410-411 of this Federation, in connection with the Old Salem Farm April Horse Show held on April 6-8, 2012, in that she, as trainer, exhibited the horse RIGHT UP MY ALY after it had been administered and/or contained in its body butorphanol. For this violation it was determined that KRISTIN LLOYD be censured pursuant to Chapter 7, GR703.1a and fined $1,250 pursuant to Chapter 7, GR703.1j. It was further directed that for this violation of the rules, KAYLA STEWART of Poughkeepsie, NY, as owner, must return for redistribution all trophies, prizes, ribbons, and
    monies, if any, won by RIGHT UP MY ALY at said competition and must pay a $300 fee to the competition in connection with this penalty pursuant to Chapter 4, GR406.15.

    LINDSAY CROFTON of Malvern, PA violated Chapter 13, GR1307.1 and HU108.1a of this Federation, in connection with the Ocala Premiere Horse Show held January 31 – February 5, 2012, in that she competed in classes restricted to amateurs although she maintains professional status with the Federation. For this violation, it was determined that LINDSAY CROFTON be censured
    pursuant to Chapter 7, GR703.1a and fined $500 pursuant to Chapter 7, GR703.1j. Furthermore, LINDSAY CROFTON’s status shall remain professional for the period of one year from June 26, 2012, at which time she may apply for amateur status if she becomes qualified for such under Chapter 13, GR1306.

    MICHAEL CONNAGHAN of Apex, NC, violated Chapter 4, GR410 of this Federation, in connection with the Jacksonville National Horse Show held on January 18-22, 2012, in that he, as trainer, exhibited the horse LOUIE after it had been administered and/or contained in its body flunixin a plasma concentration exceeding the maximum permitted level. For this violation it was determined that MICHAEL CONNAGHAN be censured pursuant to Chapter 7, GR703.1a and fined $1,500 pursuant to Chapter 7, GR703.1j. It was further directed that for this violation of the rules, MICHAEL CONNAGHAN as owner, must return for redistribution all trophies, prizes, ribbons, and monies, if any, won by LOUIE at said competition and must pay a $300 fee to the competition in connection with this penalty pursuant to Chapter 4, GR406.15.

    MIRANDA SCARPONE of Branchburg, NJ violated Rule HU103.1of this Federation, in connection with the Northeast Regional Horse Show held on December 2-4, 2011; Tewksbury Farms Stable December Horse Show held on December 16-18, 2011; Yuletide Horse Show held on December 26-28, 2011; Snowbird Winter Horse Show held on January 6-8, 2012; All Seasons January II Horse Show held on January 27-29, 2012; All Seasons February I Horse Show held on February 10-12, 2012; Our Farm March I Horse Show held on March 9-11, 2011; and the Four Seasons April I Horse Show held on April 12-15, 2012, in that she, as owner, exhibited the horse, ROSSO ROSSINI, in the First Year Green Working Hunter Division although it had previously shown in classes and/or
    divisions in 2009 that would make it ineligible for the First Year Green Working Hunter Division. For this violation it was determined that MIRANDA SCARPONE be censured pursuant to Chapter 7, GR703.1a and that she must return for redistribution all trophies, prizes, ribbons, and monies, if any, won by ROSSO ROSSINI in the First Year Green Working Hunter Division and must pay a $300
    fee to each competition in connection with this penalty pursuant to Chapter 7, GR703.1g.



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    Quote Originally Posted by USEF Penalties from June
    ADMINISTRATIVE PENALTIES

    This is official notice of the imposition of Administrative Penalties pursuant to Chapter 4, GR412 and/or Chapter 6, GR616 offered by the Federation and accepted by the following parties, and approved by the Hearing Committee in lieu of hearings:

    RENEE CARON of Madison, NC, violated Chapter 13, GR1306.1i, GR1307.1, GR1307.4, GR1308.1, and GR1308.3 of this Federation, in connection with the March Magic Dressage I Horse Show held March 23, 2012 and the March Magic Dressage II Horse Show held on March 24-25, 2012, in that she maintained and competed with amateur status although she advertised for riding lessons. For this violation it was determined that pursuant to Chapter 7, GR703.1b and GR703.1f, RENEE CARON be found not in good standing, suspended from membership and forbidden from the privilege of taking any part whatsoever in any Licensed Competition for one month, and is excluded from all competition grounds during Licensed Competitions for that period: (1) as an exhibitor, participant or spectator; (2) from participating in all Federation affairs and activities, (3) from holding or exercising office in the Federation or in any Licensed Competition; and (4) from attending, observing or participating in any event, forum, meeting, program, clinic, task force, or committee of the Federation, sponsored by or conducted by the Federation, or held in connection with the Federation and any of its activities. The one month suspension shall commence on March 1, 2013 and terminate at midnight on March 31, 2013. Any horse or horses, completely or in part owned, leased, or of any partnership, corporation or stable of hers, or shown in her name or for her reputation, (whether such interest was held at the time of the alleged violation or acquired thereafter), shall also be suspended pursuant to Chapter 7, GR703.1c for the same time period. It was further directed that RENEE CARON be fined $500 pursuant to Chapter 7, GR703.1j and that RENEE CARON must return for redistribution all trophies, prizes, ribbons, and monies, if any, won by her in amateur classes at said competitions and must pay a $300 fee to each competition in connection with this penalty pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 7, GR703.1g. Furthermore, RENEE CARON shall forfeit her amateur status for the period of one year from May 23, 2012, at which time she may reapply for amateur status if she becomes qualified for such under Chapter 13, GR1306.

    VALLEY OF THE SUN AHA & EAST VALLEY AHA of Gilbert, AZ violated Chapter 10, GR1038.4 and Chapter 12, GR1211.2a of this Federation, in connection with the Saguaro Classic Horse Show held December 1-4, 2011, in that as competition management, they allowed a Judge to officiate the Sport Horse “A” rated division although the judge had officiated that same division within 125 radial miles within a 20-day period. For this violation, it was determined that VALLEY OF THE SUN AHA & EAST VALLEY AHA be censured pursuant to Chapter 7, GR703.1a and fined $300 pursuant to Chapter 7, GR703.1j.

    RICHARD KELLER of Carmel Valley, CA, violated Chapter 4, GR410-411 of this Federation, in connection with the Desert Circuit V Horse Show held on February 28-March 4, 2012; in that he, as trainer, exhibited the horse TWIN PEAKS after it had been administered and/or contained in its body 2-(1-hydroxyethyl) promazine sulfoxide. For this violation it was determined that RICHARD KELLER be censured pursuant to Chapter 7, GR703.1a and fined $1,000 pursuant to Chapter 7, GR703.1j.

    ALLISON McEACHERN of Carmel Valley, CA, violated Chapter 4, GR410-411 of this Federation, in connection with the Desert Circuit V Horse Show held on February 28-March 4, 2012, in that she exhibited the horse TWIN PEAKS after it had been administered and/or contained in its body 2-(1-hydroxyethyl) promazine sulfoxide. For this violation it was determined that pursuant to Chapter 7, GR703.1b and GR703.1f, ALLISON McEACHERN be found not in good standing, suspended from membership and forbidden from the privilege of taking any part whatsoever in any Licensed Competition for two months and is excluded from all competition grounds during Licensed Competitions for that period: (1) as an exhibitor, participant or spectator; (2) from participating in all Federation affairs and activities, (3) from holding or exercising office in the Federation or in any Licensed Competition; and (4) from attending, observing or participating in any event, forum, meeting, program, clinic, task force, or committee of the Federation, sponsored by or conducted by the Federation, or held in connection with the Federation and any of its activities. The two month suspension shall commence on February 1, 2013 and terminate at midnight on March 31, 2013. Any horse or horses owned, leased, or of any partnership, corporation or stable of hers, or shown in her name or for her reputation, (whether such interest was held at the time of the alleged violation or acquired thereafter), shall also be suspended, pursuant to Chapter 7, GR703.1c for the same period. ALLISON McEACHERN was also fined $2,000 pursuant to Chapter 7, GR703.1j. It was further directed that for this violation of the rules, ROBIN HAYWARD of San Luis Obispo, CA, as owner, must return for redistribution all trophies, prizes, ribbons, and monies, if any, won by TWIN PEAKS at said competition and must pay a $300 fee to the competition in connection with this penalty pursuant to Chapter 4, GR406.15.
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    Quote Originally Posted by USEF Administrative Penalties List from April [url
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    ADMINISTRATIVE PENALTIES
    This is official notice of the imposition of Administrative Penalties pursuant to Chapter 4, GR412 and/or Chapter 6, GR616 offered by the Federation and accepted by the following parties, and approved by the Hearing Committee in lieu of hearings:

    WINN ALDEN of Bristow, VA and ANNA ROSSI of Washington D.C. violated Chapter 9, GR908 and GR909.1; and Chapter 13 GR1302.1 and GR1302.2 of this Federation, in connection with the Pennsylvania National Horse Show held October 13-22, 2011, in that WINN ALDEN and ANNA ROSSI, allowed the horse, POLYTAIR, to compete in Class #48 (The Donna Richardson Equitation Schooling) although a proper entry blank was never submitted for the horse. For this violation, it was determined that WINN ALDEN and ANNA ROSSI be censured pursuant to Chapter 7, GR703.1a and each fined $250 pursuant to Chapter 7, GR703.1j.

    LINDSAY ALVARADO of Geneva, FL, violated Chapter 4, GR410-411 of this Federation, in connection with the RMI Mid-Florida December Horse Show held on December 16-18, 2011, in that, she, as trainer, exhibited the horse THE HANDSOME DEVIL after it had been administered and/or contained in its body 2-(1-hydroxyethyl) promazine sulfoxide. For this violation it was determined that pursuant to Chapter 7, GR703.1b and GR703.1f, LINDSAY ALVARADO be found not in good standing, suspended from membership and forbidden from the privilege of taking any part whatsoever in any Licensed Competition for two months and is excluded from all competition grounds during Licensed Competitions for that period: (1) as an exhibitor, participant or spectator; (2) from participating in all Federation affairs and activities, (3) from holding or exercising office in the Federation or in any Licensed Competition; and (4) from attending, observing or participating in any event, forum, meeting, program, clinic, task force, or committee of the Federation, sponsored by or conducted by the Federation, or held in connection with the Federation and any of its activities. The two month suspension shall commence on December 1, 2012 and terminate at midnight on January 31, 2013. Any horse or horses owned, leased, or of any partnership, corporation or stable of hers, or shown in her name or for her reputation, (whether such interest was held at the time of the alleged violation or acquired thereafter), shall also be suspended, pursuant to Chapter 7, GR703.1c for the same period. LINDSAY ALVARADO was also fined $2,000 pursuant to Chapter 7, GR703.1j. It was further directed that for this violation of the rules, DANIELLE MELVIN of Oviedo, FL, as owner, must return for redistribution all trophies, prizes, ribbons, and monies, if any, won by THE HANDSOME DEVIL at said competition and must pay a $300 fee to the competition in connection with this penalty pursuant to Chapter 4, GR406.15.

    KYLE KING of Ocala, FL violated Chapter 8, GR828.1 and GR828.3 of this Federation, in connection with the CSI 2* Anderson Ranch (CAN) Horse Show held on August 17, 2011 and the CSI 2* Anderson Ranch (CAN) Horse Show held on August 24, 2011, in that he failed to apply to the Federation for permission to compete at these foreign international competitions and he failed to timely pay the per competition applications fees. For this violation, it was determined that KYLE KING be censured pursuant to Chapter 7, GR703.1a and fined $250 pursuant to Chapter 7, GR703.1j.

    DEBRA WIEDMAIER of Millbrook, NY and LUCREZIA BUCCELLATI of Millbrook, NY violated Chapter 9, GR908 and GR909.1; and Chapter 13, GR1302.1 and GR1302.2 of this Federation, in connection with the NEDA Fall Dressage Festival Horse Show held on September 13-18, 2011, in that they allowed Ms. Buccellati to compete, although she had not completed or signed an entry blank reflecting herself as the rider. For this violation, it was determined that DEBRA WIEDMAIER, as trainer, and LUCREZIA BUCCELLATI as exhibitor, be censured pursuant to Chapter 7, GR703.1a and fined $250 pursuant to Chapter 7, GR703.1j.
    Lists available here: http://www.usef.org/_IFrames/ruleboo...Committee.aspx

    Click on the month and then click "Administrative Hearings."



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    Quote Originally Posted by Winston the Corgi View Post
    Lists available here: http://www.usef.org/_IFrames/ruleboo...Committee.aspx

    Click on the month and then click "Administrative Hearings."
    Disgusting. WHY does the USEF have such pathetic penalties? They are less onerous (if they even get caught) than a slap in the hand.

    What if the USEF was to raise the penalty 10X penalty and charge 2,000 - 3,000 for each show?

    Does anyone have a good explanation? I would love to hear from someone on the administrative committee.
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    Geeeeez...I thought it was common knowledge that the USEF is a JOKE!!!

    Silly me...



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    I was surprised someone would be showing with their horse on a narcotic like butorphanol. It's great if you need to sleep during a long, slow labor, not so good for a horse cantering around a course of jumps.



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    I think that many people are just unaware of the miniscule penalties handed down by USEF. You do have to know where to look to find the info, both on the USEF and FEI websites.

    After the Mandarino affair and all of our discussion of it,, USEF should be aware that people are paying attention..



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    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Helpus View Post
    Disgusting. WHY does the USEF have such pathetic penalties? They are less onerous (if they even get caught) than a slap in the hand.

    What if the USEF was to raise the penalty 10X penalty and charge 2,000 - 3,000 for each show?

    Does anyone have a good explanation? I would love to hear from someone on the administrative committee.
    On the other hand they recently suspended someone for two years for a violation that is often 1 month and $1000.



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    Quote Originally Posted by S A McKee View Post
    On the other hand they recently suspended someone for two years for a violation that is often 1 month and $1000.
    Even USEF can hardly go easy on a prominent horse testing positive for cocaine.



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    Quote Originally Posted by USEF March Penalties
    ADMINISTRATIVE PENALTIES
    This is official notice of the imposition of Administrative Penalties pursuant to Chapter 4, GR412 and/or Chapter 6, GR616 offered by the Federation and accepted by the following parties, and approved by the Hearing Committee in lieu of hearings:

    THOMAS LONG of Tucson, AZ, violated Chapter 13, GR1306.1f, GR1307.1, GR1308.1, and GR1308.3 of this Federation, in connection with the Scottsdale Spring Classic Horse Show held March 23-27, 2011; the Showpark Ranch & Coast Classic Horse Show held May 10-15, 2011; and The Oregon Trail Horse Show held June 15-19, 2011, in that THOMAS LONG maintained and competed with amateur status although he competed on horse(s) owned by his wife’s clients. For this violation it was determined that pursuant to Chapter 7, GR703.1b and GR703.1f THOMAS LONG be found not in good standing, suspended from membership and forbidden from the privilege of taking any part whatsoever in any Licensed Competition for one month, and is excluded from all competition grounds during Licensed Competitions for that period: (1) as an exhibitor, participant or spectator; (2) from participating in all Federation affairs and activities, (3) from holding or exercising office in the Federation or in any Licensed Competition; and (4) from attending, observing or participating in any event, forum, meeting, program, clinic, task force, or committee of the Federation, sponsored by or conducted by the Federation, or held in connection with the Federation and any of its activities. The one month suspension shall commence on March 1, 2012 and terminate at midnight on March 31, 2012. Any horse or horses, completely or in part owned, leased, or of any partnership, corporation or stable of hers, or shown in her name or for her reputation, (whether such interest was held at the time of the alleged violation or acquired thereafter), shall also be suspended pursuant to Chapter 7, GR703.1c for the same time period. It was further directed that THOMAS LONG be fined $500 pursuant to Chapter 7, GR703.1j and that THOMAS LONG must return for redistribution all trophies, prizes, ribbons, and monies, if any, won at the above-mentioned competitions by him with the horses LEO and FORESIGHT, and ALL trophies, prizes, ribbons, and monies, if any, won by him in amateur classes at the competitions and any subsequent competitions and must pay a $300 fee to each competition in connection with this penalty pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 7, GR703.1g. Furthermore, THOMAS LONG shall forfeit his amateur status for the period of one year from October 28, 2011, at which time he may reapply for amateur status if he becomes qualified for such under Chapter 13, GR1306.

    DEBORAH LONG of Tucson, AZ, violated Chapter 13, GR1307.7 of this Federation, in connection with the Scottsdale Spring Classic Horse Show held March 23-27, 2011; the Showpark Ranch & Coast Classic Horse Show held May 10-15, 2011; and The Oregon Trail Horse Show held June 15-19, 2011, in that DEBORAH LONG as trainer, allowed her husband to maintain and compete with amateur status although he competed on horse(s) owned by her clients. For this violation it was determined that pursuant to Chapter 7, GR703.1b and GR703.1f DEBORAH LONG be found not in good standing, suspended from membership and forbidden from the privilege of taking any part whatsoever in any Licensed Competition for one month, and is excluded from all competition grounds during Licensed Competitions for that period: (1) as an exhibitor, participant or spectator; (2) from participating in all Federation affairs and activities, (3) from holding or exercising office in the Federation or in any Licensed Competition; and (4) from attending, observing or participating in any event, forum, meeting, program, clinic, task force, or committee of the Federation, sponsored by or conducted by the Federation, or held in connection with the Federation and any of its activities.The one month suspension shall commence on March 1, 2012 and terminate at midnight on March 31, 2012. Any horse or horses, completely or in part owned, leased, or of any partnership, corporation or stable of hers, or shown in her name or for her reputation, (whether such interest was held at the time of the alleged violation or acquired thereafter), shall also be suspended pursuant to Chapter 7, GR703.1c for the same time period. It was further directed that DEBORAH LONG be fined $500 pursuant to Chapter 7, GR703.1j.

    BARBARA and SEAN KELLY of Nicholasville, KY, violated Chapter 4, GR410 of this Federation, in connection with the Brownland Farm Autumn County Horse Show held on October 19-23, 2011, in that they, as trainers, exhibited the horse USHUAIA VAN DE WOLFSAKKI after it had been administered and/or contained in its body methocarbamol in a plasma concentration exceeding the maximum permitted level. For this violation it was determined that BARBARA and SEAN KELLY be censured pursuant to Chapter 7, GR703.1a and collectively fined $750 pursuant to Chapter 7, GR703.1j. It was further directed that for this violation of the rules, DIAMOND EDGE FARM of Nicholasville, KY, as owner, must return for redistribution all trophies, prizes, ribbons, and monies, if any, won by USHUAIA VAN DE WOLFSAKKI at said competition and must pay a $300 fee to the competition in connection with this penalty pursuant to Chapter 4, GR406.15.

    LORI RHODES and JENNY VAN DER FLIER of Chilliwack, BC Canada, violated Chapter 4, GR410-411 of this Federation, in connection with the Caber Farm Horse Trial held on August 19-21, 2011, in that they, as trainers, exhibited the horse BELLA PACIFICA after it had been administered and/or contained in its body caffeine and theophylline. For this violation it was determined that LORI RHODES and JENNY VAN DER FLIER be censured pursuant to Chapter 7, GR703.1a and that they both be fined $250 pursuant to Chapter 7, GR703.1j. It was further directed that for this violation of the rules, JENNY VAN DER FLIER, as owner, must return for redistribution all trophies, prizes, ribbons, and monies, if any, won by BELLA PACIFICA at said competition and must pay a $300 fee to the competition in connection with this penalty pursuant to Chapter 4, GR406.15.

    CHRIS WILSON of Fair Grove, MO, violated Chapter 4, GR410 of this Federation, in connection with the Iowa Fall Classic Arabian Horse Show held on September 1-5, 2011, in that he, as trainer, exhibited the horse BERRY EXPRESSIVE after it had been administered and/or contained in its body phenylbutazone in a plasma concentration exceeding the maximum permitted level. For this violation it was determined that CHRIS WILSON be censured pursuant to Chapter 7, GR703.1a and fined $750 pursuant to Chapter 7, GR703.1j. It was further directed that for this violation of the rules, ANN SIMIC of Burbank, CA, as owner, must return for redistribution all trophies, prizes, ribbons, and monies, if any, won by BERRY EXPRESSIVE at said competition and must pay a $300 fee to the competition in connection with this penalty pursuant to Chapter 4, GR406.15.

    SCOTT STEWART of Wellington, FL, violated Chapter 4, GR410 of this Federation, in connection with the Hampton Classic Horse Show held on August 31-September 4, 2011, in that he, as trainer, exhibited the horse INCLUSIVE after it had been administered and/or contained in its body phenylbutazone in a plasma concentration exceeding the maximum permitted level. For this violation it was determined that SCOTT STEWART be censured pursuant to Chapter 7, GR703.1a and fined $1,750 pursuant to Chapter 7, GR703.1j. It was further directed that for this violation of the rules, SCOTT STEWART, as owner, must return for redistribution all trophies, prizes, ribbons, and monies, if any, won by INCLUSIVE at said competition and must pay a $300 fee to the competition in connection with this penalty pursuant to Chapter 4, GR406.15.

    WHITNEY LINDERS of Wellington, FL violated Federation Rule JP117.1 of this Federation, in connection with the WEF 12 Equestrian Sport Productions, LLC. Horse Show held on March 30-April 3, 2011, the Equestrian Sport Productions, LLC. Spring 4 Horse Show held on April 6-10, 2011, the Blue Grass Festival Horse Show held on August 17-21, 2011, and the Kentucky Hunter- Jumper Assn. Horse Show held on August 24-28, 2011, in that WHITNEY LINDERS competed in Amateur/Owner classes with horses that were co-owned by an individual and herself through a stable name; although she and the individual were not family members as defined in Chapter 1, GR123. For this violation, it was determined that WHITNEY LINDERS be censured pursuant to Chapter 7, GR703.1a and must return for redistribution all trophies, prizes, ribbons, and monies, if any, won by her at said competitions in amateur owner classes with horses owned by the stable and must pay a $300 fee to the competitions in connection with this penalty pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 7, GR703.1g.

    GLOBAL REINING SPORT GROUP of Tioga, TX violated Chapter 3, GR309.20; Chapter 7, GR706.1b, GR706.1c, and GR706.1o; and Chapter 12, GR1210.5, GR1210.6, and GR1210.10 of this Federation, in connection with the Ariat Tulsa Reining Classic held on September 1-2, 2011, in that GLOBAL REINING SPORT GROUP, as Licensee, failed to submit the Post Competition Report and/or proper payment for the fees owed to the Federation. For this violation, it was determined that GLOBAL REINING SPORT GROUP be censured pursuant to Chapter 7, GR703.1a and fined $250 pursuant to Chapter 7, GR703.1j.
    Link here: http://www.usef.org/documents/rules/...ePenalties.pdf



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    Does anyone know what happened with this one? From the June USEF Hearings (http://www.usef.org/_IFrames/ruleboo...spx?month=june).

    Are the four related? Or are the first three related to another issue?

    BEVERLY BEDARD of Camp Hill, PA, violated Rule JP141.2 of this Federation, in connection with the Atlanta Fall Classic I horse show held on November 9-13, 2011, in that she, as Steward, failed to ensure the competition provided an exhibitor with an immediate review concerning a scoring irregularity. For this violation of the rules, the Hearing Committee members present directed that BEVERLY BEDARD be censured pursuant to Chapter 7, GR703.1a.

    BOB BELL of Seabrook Island, SC, violated Rule JP141.2 of this Federation, in connection with the Atlanta Fall Classic I horse show held on November 9-13, 2011, in that he, as Competition Manager, failed to provide an exhibitor with an immediate review concerning a scoring irregularity. For this violation of the rules, the Hearing Committee members present directed that BOB BELL be censured pursuant to Chapter 7, GR703.1a and fined $1,000 pursuant to Chapter 7, GR703.1j.

    ALLEN RHEINHEIMER of Zionsville, IN, violated Rule JP141.2 of this Federation, in connection with the Atlanta Fall Classic I horse show held on November 9-13, 2011, in that he failed to provide an exhibitor with an immediate review concerning a scoring irregularity. For this violation of the rules, the Hearing Committee members present directed that ALLEN RHEINHEIMER be censured pursuant to Chapter 7, GR703.1a and fined $750 pursuant to Chapter 7, GR703.1j.

    KARIM GHAIBI of Huntersville, NC, violated Chapter 8, GR801.2 of this Federation, in connection with the Atlanta Fall Classic I horse show held on November 9-13, 2011, in that he competed in the jump-off for class 555 (Welcome Jpr Classic 1.35M) with his helmet chin strap unattached. For this violation of the rules, the Hearing Committee members present directed that KARIM GHAIBI be censured pursuant to Chapter 7, GR703.1a.



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    Quote Originally Posted by skydy View Post
    Even USEF can hardly go easy on a prominent horse testing positive for cocaine.
    Sure they can and do.
    Past cases for coke fit the 1 month $1000 fine.
    This case was the longest suspension ever given (except for the insurance fraud cases and they were mostly lifetime).

    And why the heck should a 'prominent horse' ever be a factor in the vacation time given.
    One of the complaints about USEF fines and suspensions is that they do not use guidelines for time or fine. Instead they have been accused of going easy on BNT's and coming down hard on no name first offenders.



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    Do you suppose they might consider revising how those fines are assessed? Especially if the horse was shown multiple times in a division it was ineligible for?

    For example, if Terry Trainer shows Peachy at 4 shows in First Year Green and Peachy is proven to be ineligible? Could that fine equal the division entry fees for each show? Minimum? That would be around 600. That could be increased if Terry Trainer was also the trainer in the earlier classes that made it ineligible and therefore had full knowledge the horse was ineligible.

    Same thing for Sally Shamature.

    It is possible for somebody to buy a horse from a different area of the country they honestly don't know is not eligible Green or for young horse classes and that can be considered.

    But, as it is now, that fine is nowhere near their profit getting a sale horse out in public as a star-because it's better and beats the others because it's ineligible at that level. It'll still win and sell months before anything hits the fan. Everybody remembers the win and never hears the wrist slap.

    There is at least one name on that list thats been a repeat visitor for similar since...well...back when I was in breed shows.
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    Quote Originally Posted by S A McKee View Post
    Sure they can and do.
    Past cases for coke fit the 1 month $1000 fine.
    This case was the longest suspension ever given (except for the insurance fraud cases and they were mostly lifetime).

    And why the heck should a 'prominent horse' ever be a factor in the vacation time given.
    One of the complaints about USEF fines and suspensions is that they do not use guidelines for time or fine. Instead they have been accused of going easy on BNT's and coming down hard on no name first offenders.
    "Past Cases" being the operative phrase. This was an Olympic qualifier competition held by USEF under FEI rules. Thus the huge suspension.
    Refer back to "Bruce Burr suspended" thread. Cocaine is a banned substance now. In the past med violations were lumped together..

    I agree that USEF needs to step up and adopt the FEI penalties. That would put a stop to BNT's being given a pass.



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    All those "in the wrong divisions" and "missing paperwork" all of a sudden... I wonder if USEF did some kind of audit???
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    Quote Originally Posted by skydy View Post
    "Past Cases" being the operative phrase. This was an Olympic qualifier competition held by USEF under FEI rules. Thus the huge suspension.
    Refer back to "Bruce Burr suspended" thread. Cocaine is a banned substance now. In the past med violations were lumped together..

    I agree that USEF needs to step up and adopt the FEI penalties. That would put a stop to BNT's being given a pass.
    Coke has never been a legal substance and again, USEF has never applied a penalty this large for any med or banned substance, hunter or jumper.

    While run under FEI rules this was not a normal FEI event.

    I think you seem to have missed a few recent developments.
    On or about 4/15 USEF did adopt FEI penalties for FEI disciplines. The event in question took place before that change went into effect. And if USEF intended to apply an FEI penalty then the suspended person should have been the person responsible. Namely, the rider, not the trainer.

    Depending on the how the rule is interpreted we may now have two sets of drug rules. One for FEI discplines and one for non FEI divisions ( Hunters, Eq).

    In case you also missed the thread about trainers not signing entry blanks any longer that is related to the new set of FEI penalties. No trainer wants to get a 2 year vacation. No problem, have someone else sign the form.

    To bring you up to speed here's the recent USEF media release regarding Carolina Gold and possible penalties. This should make it clear that USEF has indeed adopted FEI penalties. But note the vague wording. 'may' instead of 'will'.
    And there is nothing to clearly define at what point FEI penalties apply. At FEI events in the US? , At events run under FEI rules that are not FEI rated, at GP's over 25K, at any rated jumper division ( Adult Jumpers, for example) or even Opportunity Jumpers.

    "GABA was also added to the FEI Equine Prohibited Substances List as a Banned Substance and its presence in any equine sample would be a violation under the Equine Anti-Doping Rules. It is important to note that individuals considered "Persons Responsible" for using a Banned Substance may receive a two year suspension and up to a 15,000 CHF fine for a first offense. The penalty may be enhanced for a repeat offender.

    This penalty structure may be applicable for violations at USEF national competitions. A violation of this rule may subject an individual to a two year suspension and a significant fine. "



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    Quote Originally Posted by S A McKee View Post
    Coke has never been a legal substance and again, USEF has never applied a penalty this large for any med or banned substance, hunter or jumper.

    While run under FEI rules this was not a normal FEI event.

    I think you seem to have missed a few recent developments.
    On or about 4/15 USEF did adopt FEI penalties for FEI disciplines. The event in question took place before that change went into effect. And if USEF intended to apply an FEI penalty then the suspended person should have been the person responsible. Namely, the rider, not the trainer.

    Depending on the how the rule is interpreted we may now have two sets of drug rules. One for FEI discplines and one for non FEI divisions ( Hunters, Eq).

    In case you also missed the thread about trainers not signing entry blanks any longer that is related to the new set of FEI penalties. No trainer wants to get a 2 year vacation. No problem, have someone else sign the form.

    To bring you up to speed here's the recent USEF media release regarding Carolina Gold and possible penalties. This should make it clear that USEF has indeed adopted FEI penalties. But note the vague wording. 'may' instead of 'will'.
    And there is nothing to clearly define at what point FEI penalties apply. At FEI events in the US? , At events run under FEI rules that are not FEI rated, at GP's over 25K, at any rated jumper division ( Adult Jumpers, for example) or even Opportunity Jumpers.

    "GABA was also added to the FEI Equine Prohibited Substances List as a Banned Substance and its presence in any equine sample would be a violation under the Equine Anti-Doping Rules. It is important to note that individuals considered "Persons Responsible" for using a Banned Substance may receive a two year suspension and up to a 15,000 CHF fine for a first offense. The penalty may be enhanced for a repeat offender.

    This penalty structure may be applicable for violations at USEF national competitions. A violation of this rule may subject an individual to a two year suspension and a significant fine. "
    McKee you are babbling again.
    No one said that cocaine has ever been a "legal substance". The point is that the FEI has now differentiated between "banned substances" and "controlled medication" violations and the penalty is different depending on what drug is found in the horse.

    I remember your insistence that the USEF could do absolutely nothing and had no jurisdiction regarding the death of the Mandarino pony (Humble), and you were quite mistaken.

    No need for you to keep me "up to speed" on recent developments or "relevent threads".

    The FEI has taken a stronger stance than they have in the past and the USEF is lagging behind . Hopefully USEF will get with the no tolerance program.

    I have made my feelings on the subject of the FEI and the USEF drugging rules, and the dodging of responsibility by trainers, quite clear on several threads, that you seem to think I have "missed".

    The USEF rules (and especially their enforcement) are confusing at best.
    I think we are all hoping for some clear and consistent leadership in that regard. I hold out hope, but am not holding my breath.. Perhaps by keeping the (relevant! ) discussion going , we can make a difference.



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