Importance Notice regarding Anti-Doping
Dressage Ireland has signed up to the Horse Sport Ireland National Anti Doping policy which comes into force on 1st April 2012. There have been a number of information evenings throughout the country to educate everyone on what lies ahead. For those of you who were unable to attend the meetings I will try to give you an idea of what will happen.
The Horse Sport Ireland anti doping vets will attend at least two Dressage Ireland shows throughout the year; these can be national or regional shows. The vets will decide who will be tested and there will be at least three or four horses tested at each venue. The level the horse/pony is riding at is irrelevant; it could be preliminary or Grand Prix.
This national anti doping policy will use the FEI rules on what is allowed and what is not.
Drugs administered to a horse are split into three categories;
- Permitted – no restrictions.
- Controlled – allowed, but must use the withdrawal period, (vets advice to add a few days onto recommended withdrawal period).
- Banned – these drugs should never be administered to a horse under any circumstances.
For a full list of drugs, or to check any particular drug go to the FEI Clean sport website. On the website you can type in the name of any drug and it will tell you which of the three categories the drug you are researching falls into. The withdrawal periods for controlled drugs can also be found on this website.