Hear that thud? It’s the sound of the USEF dropping the hammer on drug violations.
The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Hearing Committee issued its first decision imposing penalties under the Equine Drugs & Medications Penalty Guidelines that went into effect January 1, 2016. The Guidelines provide penalty recommendations for doping violations and take into account previous offences by the respondent.
Wellington, Florida’s Larry Glefke and hunter superstar Kelley Farmer are the first to feel the impact of the new stiffer guidelines.
Farmer’s horse, Unexpected, tested positive for GABA, a Category IV substance, at the Kentucky Summer Horse Show in a Pre-Green Hunter 3’3″ class on July 28, 2016.
As the trainer identified on Unexpected’s entry form, Glefke received a 24-month suspension and a $24,000 fine. His prior violation for reserpine, another Category IV substance, a recent violation for the sedative acepromazine, and a violation for filing false Medication Report Forms factored into the penalty.
The Hearing Committee also imposed a 12-month suspension and a $12,000 fine against Farmer as a “Person Responsible” (PR). Under General Rule 404 of the Drugs & Medications, the PR is accountable for the condition of the horse. Farmer’s has a prior resperpine violation, which factored into her penalty.
Glefke and Farmer did not attend the hearing nor did they submit witnesses or evidence to rebut the charges against them.
Said Bill Moroney, USEF Chief Executive Officer:
“We applaud the Hearing Committee’s decision in this matter. We are focused on ensuring safety and fairness in equestrian sport. The use of GABA in horses competing in USEF competitions compromises these priorities. Our Equine Drugs & Medications program is designed to protect our horses, as well as the participants who compete clean horses. It’s clear from the penalties issued in this decision that the Hearing Committee takes the purposes of the program very seriously.”
Both suspensions will take effect on July 1.
Farmer is the winningest Derby rider in the United States with nearly 80 Hunter Derby victories to her name. She currently leads the overall lifetime standings of USHJA Hunter Rider Recognition Program with over $ 2.5 million won.