The U.S. Equestrian Federation Hearing Committee has issued its first decision imposing penalties pursuant to the Equine Drugs & Medications Penalty Guidelines that went into effect Jan. 1, 2016.
At the end of December, the U.S. Equestrian Federation released its Hearing Committee rulings from September through December regarding riders and owners who were suspended or received fines or censures.
Two separate parties have filed suit against the U.S. Equestrian Federation over the organization’s drugs and medications rules and policies. Both are alleging that the rules, including the thresholds established for various drugs, are unfair towards competitors.
Brigid Colvin—who was suspended, effective Sept. 1, by the U.S. Equestrian Federation for seven months after Betsee Parker’s Inclusive tested positive for GABA at the 2014 USHJA International Hunter Derby Championships (Ky.)—has had her suspension temporarily lifted after filing a civil suit in New York County against the USEF.
After years of legal proceedings, Pan American Games team gold medalist Cesar Parra has been acquitted by a Hunterdon County Superior Court jury of charges of cruelty to a horse. The New Jersey court voted unanimously (8-0) to drop the charges brought by Trudy Miranda claiming negligence by the trainer led to injuries sustained by her stallion William PFF in June 2009.
British show jumper Ben Maher and his longtime owners Mike and Emma Phillips have reached an agreement settling legal disputes between them.
London Olympic show jumping team gold medalist Ben Maher has hit back at claims from long-term backers Mike and Emma Phillips that he made £700,000 in “secret profits” from sales of their horses during their eight-year professional relationship.
The BBC has released a story indicating that show jumper Ben Maher, who helped the British team earn gold at the 2012 London Olympic Games, is being sued by long-time owners Mike and Emma Phillips for misrepresenting the prices of horses he sold for them.
Prominent trainer Patricia Griffith, Heritage Farm and veterinarian Christopher “Kit” Miller are being sued in New York Supreme Court for allegedly misrepresenting the health and suitability of a pony purchased by Barbara Tichner in March of 2012.
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