Monday, Jul. 22, 2024

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Chad Keenum, of The Plains, Va., has received a six-month suspension from the U.S. Equestrian Federation after two of his horses tested positive for gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a banned substance, in excess of normal physiological levels.

True Colors tested positive at the Brandywine Valley Summer Series Horse Show (Pa.), June 23-28, 2015, and Vanderloo tested positive at the Loudoun Benefit Horse Show (Va.), June 10-14, 2015. Both horses were owned by Keenum at the time of the positive tests.

Irish show jumping rider Kevin Thornton is being accused of abuse after a horse, Flogas Sunset Cruise, died during the GPA Jump Festival CSI** in Cagnes-sur-Mer, France.

The organizers of the competition released a paper statement to other riders at the event on Oct. 10. The competition has banned Thornton from further participation.

As drug tests have evolved over the years, the USEF Drugs and Medications Department has continually upgraded their program to protect the horse and maintain a level playing field.

The U.S. Equestrian Federation Equine Drugs and Medications Program has worked to protect the welfare of equine athletes and ensure the balance of competition for more than 40 years. The safety and welfare of the horse is always our first and foremost concern; concerns about performance enhancement are secondary.

Allegations that Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum rode a “ringer” on the winning United Arab Emirates team at the 2012 Longines World Endurance Championships at Euston Park, Great Britain, are being re-investigated.

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