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Updated: Richard Neal Temporarily Suspended By U.S. Center For SafeSport

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Sept. 23 Update: The USEF SafeSport database and the U.S. Center for SafeSport site no longer list Richard Neal as temporarily suspended. A representative from the U.S. Center for SafeSport, however, would not confirm that there are no measures in place in relation to this investigation.

The U.S. Center for SafeSport temporarily suspended amateur show jumper Richard Neal of Wellington, Florida, on July 18 for “allegations of misconduct.”

SafeSport issued a no-contact directive with the suspension, while the U.S. Equestrian Federation has made him ineligible to compete due to the SafeSport action.

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Neal, 29, most recently competed in the medium amateur jumpers and at the Fédération Équestre Internationale three-star level. As a junior, he was one of two winners of the inaugural USHJA Emerging Athletes Program National Training Session in 2010. He earned individual bronze at the 2009 FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championship at the junior level and won team gold the following year for Zone 10 in the young rider competition. In 2011, he was named onto the USEF Young Rider Show Jumping Tour where he won in Megeve, France, and Hagen, Germany.

Neal referred questions to his attorney, who did not return a request for comment.

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