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Showjumper put down after ‘freak accident’ at Liverpool International

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A horse has been put down after a “freak accident” in this evening’s (30 December) CSI4* class at the Liverpool International Horse Show.

Sara Galotiere, a selle francais mare ridden by the Netherland’s Sanne Thijssen, suffered an injury in the Horseware Ireland Longines ranking class.

The 11-year-old made an awkward jump over the penultimate fence, an oxer, and on landing was unable to bear weight on her off-hind leg. Sanne dismounted immediately and screens, a horse ambulance and vets were quickly on the scene.

Sara Galotiere was given “immediate expert on-site veterinary assessment and care”, show organisers said in a statement.

“Organisers of the Liverpool International Horse Show announce with a sense of deep regret and profound sadness that Sara Galotiere has been put to sleep,” the statement read.

Show president Nina Barbour added: “We offer our heartfelt and sincere condolences to Sanne, her support team, the Thijssen family and all connections of the horse.”

Sanne had been competing Sara Galotiere since March, before which she was ridden by Spain’s Carlos Lopez-Fanjul Tariere. The combination’s most recent competition was at Samorin CSI4* at the end of November.

It is the second time a horse has been put down at the show; Ireland’s Cameron Hanley’s top ride Antello Z had to be put down two years ago (1 January 2016) after he suffered a serious injury in the ring during a 1.45m class.

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‘Perci was near death’: how one ex-racehorse defied the odds to make a remarkable recovery

Taylor Murphy at Lone Star Ranch and Rescue in Texas witnessed a dramatic turnaround of fortunes for one resident this year. Read on for this amazing tale of triumph over adversity…

“When we rescued Persephone (Perci), she was near death. The five-year old former racehorse’s hip bones were literally pushing through the skin. She had severe rain rot that rendered her nearly hairless, pressure sores all over her body, spear grass ulcers in her mouth, an old, untreated eye injury, and a heart murmur among other small injuries and puncture wounds.

“All of this presented a daunting challenge. She had been neglected for a long time and had got to such a poor state that our vet did not know how she was still able to walk. Her prognosis was not great.

“But Perci took it all in her stride: the vet check, treatment of her wounds, transport to our facility at Lone Star Ranch and Rescue in Texas, and was exceedingly happy to get her first meal with us.

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“Throughout the next few months, Perci gained weight steadily and at 14 weeks into 
her rehabilitation, she was at 
a healthy weight and a far cry from the emaciated creature 
we had first brought home.

“We were able to begin a light exercise regime and retraining programme to slowly get her back into shape at the 20-week mark. She impressed us, and our vet, every step of the way with her progress and attitude. Perci had made a remarkable recovery, 
and at 24 weeks she was ready 
to be adopted.

“We had several interested parties, but the right family 
was found in April 2017 and 
Perci moved to their beautiful 600-acre property to live out her life freely and among other horses. We get regular updates and she is thriving.”

Don’t miss more of your incredible stories of triumph over adversity, your personal firsts in 2017 plus your amazing photos and the new arrivals that you’ve celebrated this year in our special Reader Issue of Horse & Hound magazine, out now (28 December 2017)

 

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H&H question of the week: I want to feed a calmer — which one will work?

Spillers’ equine nutritionist Clare Barfoot provides one H&H forum user with some helpful advice on how and when to feed calming supplements and how feed can affect behaviour

Q: Feeding calmers: “I’m looking for advice on calmers — specifically supplement ones as opposed to syringes. My horse is quite a worrier. It only takes one thing to startle him and I’ll completely lose his attention. Thereafter he will be very spooky and seem to use anything as an excuse to exacerbate the issue. Then will come the loose droppings and I get cross because we can’t achieve anything productive. I’ll continue riding until he settles out of principle, but it seems like a pretty pointless exercise. Take tonight for example. I was leading him in from the field, the wind was blowing a hooley and someone was banging around in the feed room as we walked past. He didn’t jump, but it worried him. After that he spooked at an out of place bag of shavings, a leaf that blew past his foot and he then wouldn’t settle when tied up — it’s a real pain. I’m not worried that it’s his feed as he goes through spates of worrying rather than it being all the time. I’m considering introducing a calmer in his feed to take the edge off the worried spells. What would you recommend? Is it best to feed calmers every day or is it better to feed during his worried periods (although is that a little like shutting the door once the horse has bolted)? Any advice is much appreciated.”

A: Although all horses are individuals with their individual temperaments and characters, there is no doubt that feed can affect behaviour and performance. But before you reach for the supplement shelf at your local tack shop, it might pay to take a closer look at you horse’s diet.

Firstly, you might have to accept that this type of nervous behaviour is part of your horse’s character; like people, some horses are just more highly strung! Then I’m sure you are, but it can also be of benefit to get some help from a trainer who can assess you and your horse and give you some tips on how to tackle some of these behaviours.

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Then it’s time to turn to the diet. If you have an excitable horse or a horse that gets spooky and up-tight like yours, make sure you base his diet on fibre and oil and avoid cereal-based feeds, such as coarse mixes. Fibre and oil are described as slow release energy sources and are therefore less likely to cause excitable behaviour than the ‘instant’ energy that is provided from starch contained within cereals.

Your horse’s condition will dictate the calories he will require from his feed. If he is a good doer he may benefit from a feed balancer such as Spillers Original Multi Balancer alongside hay. If he needs a little more in the way of calories try Spillers High Fibre Cubes, or for even more energy try Spillers Slow Release Energy Cubes.

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Once you have adjusted the diet, you could also try a calming supplement, although it is important to note there is little in the way of scientific evidence to support their use. This is not to say they won’t work, but their effect is highly individual so it might be down to some trial and error to see which one has the desired effect. However, whichever one you choose make sure if you are competing under affiliated rules you feed a supplement that is BETA NOPS approved.

For more information on feeding to support weight gain call the SPILLERS Care-Line on 01908 226626.

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Liverpool International Horse Show: the ultimate New Year’s Eve party?

For the first time this year the Liverpool International Horse Show finishes on New Year’s Eve and the organisers are determined to see out 2017 and welcome 2018 in style. Read on to find out what they have in store for spectators at the Echo Arena on the biggest party night of the year.

What happens at Liverpool Horse Show on New Year’s Eve?

The equestrian entertainment

Entertainment for the evening session starts at 7.30pm with the biggest class of the week, the Hope Valley Saddlery Liverpool International Grand Prix, which will see top riders such as John Whitaker, Robert Whitaker and Billy Twomey tackling the 1.60m course.

There is just one other showjumping class on the schedule, the Knockout, where pairs of riders race against each other round a mirror image set of show jumps. This year this class has undertaken a twist as it will see boys versus girls in a ‘battle of the sexes’ competition.

Another nail-biting competition which is bound to have the crowds on the edge of their seats is the final of the Shetland Pony Grand National, which will also take place during the evening.

Other entertainment

As if the equestrian competitions aren’t enough, the evening will also feature displays from the Arenacross Freestyle MX Crew, a group of freestyle motocross riders who perform stunts while flying 40ft through the air, Luminoso, six horses and riders from Russia who will wow the crowds with their pyrotechnics and acrobatic skills, and Laserman, who will be showcasing his 3D laser light show.

The music and dancing

Music comes from 14-year-old musical theatre singer and equestrian enthusiast Beau Dermott, who rose to fame on Britain’s Got Talent, and Rick Parfitt Jnr, the son of Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt. Rick Parfitt Jr and the RPJ band claim to be the best party rock event band in the world and will be playing a special set as they count the crowds down to midnight.

The food

Book a table at No.10 South Dock restaurant, which is upstairs in the arena, if you are after a sit-down meal otherwise you can purchase sandwiches, snacks and light bites from the many outlets inside the venue. There are also a selection of bistros, bars, cafes and restaurants in the Albert Dock which is just outside the arena.

The booze

Champagne will be flowing in the bar next to the warm-up arena, and throughout the venue.

On the stroke of midnight

Rick Parfitt Jnr and the RPJ band will be responsible for entertaining the crowds as we say goodbye to 2017. As the new year rolls in a spectacular indoor firework display is set to dazzle the audience.

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The after party

Festivities for spectators are set to end at 12.15am. An after party will take place at the Pullman, which is the riders’ hotel, but access to this is exclusively for wristband holders only.

Don’t miss the full report from Liverpool International Horse Show in the 11 January issue of Horse & Hound magazine

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Might Bite claims King George VI glory

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Might Bite, Nicky Henderson’s quirky but ultra talented star, dominated his rivals in the 32Red King George VI Chase at Kempton Park today (26 December).

Twelve months ago, the eight-year-old dramatically crashed out at the last fence in the Kauto Star Novices’ Chase with victory in his sights.

Today, under Nico de Boinville, the RSA Chase victor — who went off the 6-4 favourite — put in an assured round of jumping over the three-mile trip and the pair ran four lengths clear before the third-last fence. The eventual runner-up, 50-1 shot Double Shuffle, put in a gallant challenge and closed the gap on the winner to finish a length behind.

The Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained Bristol De Mai was vying to claim the second leg of the £1million Chase Triple Crown bonus, after winning the Betfair Chase at Haydock by a huge margin. Under Daryl Jacob, he made most the running in today’s feature race, however had weakened by three out when blundering to finish eventual sixth.

Last year’s King George winner, Thistlecrack, held on to finish fourth, while Tea For Two took eventual third under Lizzie Kelly.

“He was jumping me into the lead, so instead of taking a pull I thought I’d let him go and enjoy it,” said the winning jockey. “He’s given me a terrific spin and I’m delighted.”

Nicky Henderson compared the good-looking son of Scorpion’s presence to that of Sprinter Sacre.

“He has a lot of charisma — you can’t help but love him. He’s so gorgeous and he likes to show off.

“He jumped beautifully all the way and he enjoys doing that — he’s so exuberant.”

Breakthrough for Frost

Bryony Frost made her first ride in a Grade One a winning one when claiming the 32Red Kauto Star Novices’ Chase aboard Black Corton — a sixth triumph for the pair since July.

The 22-year-old conditional jockey, who is attached to the Paul Nicholls yard, became only the second female in Britain or Ireland to ride a Grade One winner over fences — Lizzie Kelly was the first to do so, in the same race two years

ago.

Don’t miss the full report from Kempton Park and Chepstow in the 4 January issue of Horse & Hound.

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Don’t waste a moment of the Christmas break with these great horsey days out

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Merry Christmas everyone! We hope you are enjoying your day, but there is no time to waste — make the most of your time off between now and the New Year with these shows and training opportunities.

Christmas show

Date: 27 December
Venue: Leamside Equestrian, Houghton Le Spring
Details: “There are a huge range of classes available to enter including in-hand and ridden sections, with a variety of qualifiers.”
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Indoor arena cross-country clinic

Date: 27 December
Venue: Downe Farm Event Centre, Tiverton
Details: “An opportunity to train with Tim Cheffings who is a highly thought of professional four-star event rider. This clinic offers a variety of heights to train over from 70cm to 90cm.”
Enter now

Grid work clinic

Date: 28 December
Venue: Buryhill Competition Centre, near Cirencester
Details: “Take part in this grid work clinic with Alicia Hawker, a four-star eventer who trains and competes her own horses. She can coach at all levels and is very enthusiastic about her training. This event will be grid work only and heights on offer range from 60cm to 1m.”
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Unaffiliated dressage

Date: 28 December
Venue: Felbridge Showground, East Grinstead
Details: “There are a range of classes available from walk and trot tests and prelim to elementary with rosettes from first to fifth.”
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Pony British Showjumping

Date: 28 December
Venue: Keysoe, Bedfordshire
Details: “Classes from clear round and 128cm/138cm springboard handicap to 148cm restricted open.”
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Christmas holiday showjumping

Date: 28 December
Venue: Beaver Hall, Leek
Details: “A great variety of classes on offer from cross poles and 45cm to 90/95cm.”
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Festive arena event

Date: 29 December
Venue: Greenfields of Avondale, Strathaven
Details: “The courses at this event are a mixture of showjumps, working hunter fences and portable cross-country fences. Classes range from 50cm to 1m with rosettes to sixth place. There is also a prize for the best fancy dress rider and best fancy dress horse. This competition will be run between indoor and outdoor arenas which are both on an all-weather surface.”
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Christmas New Year show

Date: 30 December
Venue: Jenky Farm, Shadoxhurst
Details: “A huge range of classes available from cross pole showjumping to lead-rein and ridden showing classes. Plus, enter three classes and get a discount price.”
Enter now

Visit equo.co.uk for full competition and training listings

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What do people really think of the Liverpool International Horse Show? We find out…

Felix Hassmann riding SL Brazonado winner of Class 18 (1.45m Speed) at the Equestrian.com Liverpool International Horse Show at Echo Arena, Liverpool, UK; on 2nd January 2017

With the third running of the Liverpool International Horse Show starting next week, we spoke to some riders and spectators to find out what they think of the event…

Louise Saywell, international showjumper

“I was really pleased when I got the call to say I was in as it’s a show I want to be competing at,” says Louise. “Over the past two years, the reputation has really built up, the variety of classes and entertainment is excellent, and you don’t get many better facilities than they have. Nina [Barbour] and her team really have thought of everything.”

Yazmin Pinchen, international showjumper

“It’s one of my favourite shows. There’s something for everyone – even non-horsey people – and there’s always something going on so you don’t sit around waiting or get bored,” says Yazmin. “The atmosphere was mega and if you win there’s a podium and fireworks which is pretty special.”

Nicole Pavitt, international showjumper

“Nina has done a fantastic job, she’s ticked every box. It’s a big stadium to fill but the crowds are amazing and there’s a great atmosphere,” says Nicole. “There’s so much to see as you can watch amateurs, ponies, professionals and all the acts too. The arena is set up perfectly and the whole event is run very efficiently.”

Fiona Morear, spectator from Cheshire

“I went to the whole show last year and thought it was absolutely fabulous,” says Fiona. “It was all-round family entertainment, there were plenty of shops and eating places and there was even a quieter area upstairs where you could go and chill out.”

“My husband and I had a VIP box for the New Year’s Eve performance and it was amazing. The views were great, the acts and competition were brilliant, and we were really well looked after. The indoor fireworks were incredible, we didn’t want the night to end.”

Tamsin Jessup, spectator from Bangor

“The first year I went with family, last year I arranged a coach trip for 30 people from my riding club and this time I am going with some girlfriends – it really does suit everyone,” says Tamsin. “The quality of the riders is fantastic and it’s great to be able to watch them warming up and see what goes on behind the scenes.”

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Natasha Shudall-Hughes, spectator from The Wirral

“It’s unbelievable to have such a fabulous show in the north west of England,” says Natasha, whose daughter Grace was competing in the mini majors last year. “I’m quite a critical person but I couldn’t fault it, the whole event has been carefully planned and everything has been thought of, it even offers ‘meet and greets’ so the children can have a photo taken with their heroes.”

“It has all types of food whether you want a coffee and cake, a snack or a meal and although it’s busy you don’t have to queue for very long to be served. We easily parked very close by and were able to walk in. The whole thing is good value for money, Nina Barbour has really pulled it out of the bag.”

To read the full report from the Liverpool International Horse Show, don’t miss the 11 January issue of Horse & Hound

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10 heart-warming stories from 2017 that are sure to make you smile

Jonty Evans (IRL) riding Cooley Rorkes Drift, during the dressage phase of the Badminton Horse Trials at Badminton House in the Village of Badminton in South Gloucestershire in the UK on the 3rd May 2017

1. Double-decker stables and a hidden horse walker: is this Britain’s most compact yard?

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Trooper of the Blues and Royals washing his horse in preparation for the Blues and Royals Inspection the following day at Household Cavalry Regiments Barracks of the Household Cavalry Regiments in Knightsbridge in London in the UK on the 24th April 2017

Take a look behind-the-scenes at the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment’s Hyde Park Barracks, smack-bang in the centre of London

2. Valegro turns his hoof to jumping… And this time it’s for real

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Carl Hester posted a picture of the star jumping with his gold medal-winning partner Charlotte Dujardin.

3. ‘A true rags to riches tale’: neglected pony crowned Windsor champion

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A once-neglected pony found in a “miserable” state was transformed into a showing champion.

4. I just cant believe it: Jonty Evans secures Olympic horse through crowd-funding

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Jonty Evans secured the ride on his Rio Olympic horse, Cooley Rorkes Drift (“Art”), after raising £500,000 through an extraordinarily successful crowd-funding campaign.

5.‘He’s an absolute machine’: 13.3hh event pony steps up to one-star

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A 13.3hh companion pony-turned-eventer defied his size and successfully stepped up to one-star. Australian rider Jackie Wright bought Lakevale Toyman (Tommy) as a green six-year-old. She intended to keep him as a companion for her other horse, but soon discovered his aptitude for jumping.

6. Shock result on final day of Badminton: record-breaker takes emotional victory

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Andrew Nicholson (NZL) riding Nereo, winner of the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials at Badminton House in the Village of Badminton in South Gloucestershire in the UK on the 7th May 2017

Andrew Nicholson first competed at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials in 1984. He has since completed the event a record-breaking 37 times. But on 7 May he won the competition for the very first time aboard Nereo.

7. 10 famous horses we’ve spotted hunting this season

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From four-star eventers to top racehorses, here are a few of the equine celebs we’ve spotted on our hunting travels this season.

8. ‘Two and a half years ago nobody wanted this horse’ — rescue horse Collin wins big money showjumping class

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Almost four years ago now, “Collin” was destined for slaughter — a tearaway seven-year-old who had been assigned to the scrapheap. But a chance phone call changed the gelding’s fate and in February Collin beat some of the best in the world to win a big-money showjumping class in Wellington, Florida, with Brazilian rider Luiz Francisco de Azevedo.

9. ‘You horse riders are tough’: motorcyclist’s video goes viral

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A video of a thoughtful motorbike-rider considerately passing spooked horses went viral on social media. James Higgs was exploring off-road routes in north Devon on his trail bike on 11 March when he saw two horses walking towards him. James realised the horses were unsure of his bike so turned its engine off and asked the riders how best to help them pass safely. He even offered the horses a mint to try to reassure them.

10. #ThisCobCan: 27 cobs that break the mould

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When people mention cobs, it might conjure up images of a “steady Eddie”-type, but this is not always the case as these 27 cobs ably demonstrate…

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DOJ Nixes All Pending ADA Rulemakings, Including Website Access Rules

By: Minh N. Vu

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Justice Department withdraws pending rulemakings for accessible websites, furniture and non-fixed equipment.
The current Department of Justice’s (DOJ) regulatory approach to Title III of the ADA is yet another example of what a difference an election can make.

In 2010, the DOJ started the rulemaking process to issue new regulations about the websites of public accommodations and state and local governments, as well as non-fixed equipment and furniture used in public accommodations. In July of this year, the DOJ placed these rulemakings on the “inactive list”. On December 26, 2017, these rulemakings will officially be withdrawn.

On the web access rules, the DOJ stated that it is “evaluating whether promulgating regulations about the accessibility of Web information and services is necessary and appropriate. Such an evaluation will be informed by additional review of data and further analysis. The Department will continue to assess whether specific technical standards are necessary and appropriate to assist covered entities with complying with the ADA.” This is an unfortunate development for the disability community and covered businesses alike. Instead of having clear rules to follow, businesses will have to look to the constantly evolving patchwork of decisions coming out of the courts for guidance. Meanwhile, the number of website accessibility lawsuits continues to surge as businesses scramble to make their websites accessible.

With regard to the withdrawal of the rulemaking about non-fixed equipment and furniture, DOJ said that it is “reevaluating whether regulation of the accessibility of non-fixed equipment and furniture is necessary and appropriate.” We see far less litigation on this topic although advocacy groups may feel the need to press the litigation agenda more aggressively now that no rules are forthcoming. Businesses are, for the most part, better off without these rules but they need to remember that the absence of technical standards does not necessarily mean there are no obligations under the ADA with regard to these items. Title III of the ADA contains a general non-discrimination mandate and more general rules that still require a public accommodation to ensure access to all its goods, services and benefits, subject to certain defenses.

This latest development just confirms what we predicted would happen during this administration, albeit with more finality than we had anticipated.

Edited by Kristina M. Launey

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Leading event riders suspended after testing positive for banned stimulants

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Hannah Sue and Harbour Pilot at the trot-up at Badminton this year. Picture by Peter Nixon

Three top US event riders have been provisionally suspended from international competition after testing positive for a banned stimulant.

The three riders — Hannah Sue Burnett, Jennie Brannigan and Alyssa Phillips — were all tested at the Ocala Jockey Club International in Florida (16-20 November), where Hannah Sue won the CIC3*. All three recorded a positive result for the prohibited substance amfetamine, with Alyssa also testing positive for canrenone and Jennie for methylphenidate and ritalinic acid.

Amfetamine and methylphenidate are listed in the stimulants category of the WADA 2017 prohibited list, as is phenethylamine and its derivatives, which include ritalinic acid. Canrenone is included in the diuretics and masking agents category. 

“The FEI has announced three adverse analytical findings under the FEI Anti-Doping Rules for Human Athletes (ADRHA), which are compliant with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code,” said an FEI statement.

“In accordance with the WADA Code, the FEI has notified WADA and the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) of the positives.

“The athletes have been provisionally suspended from the date of notification (21 December) until the FEI Tribunal renders a decision, but can request the lifting of the provisional suspension and ask for testing of the B sample within the next 21 days.”

The FEI Tribunal will also decide whether the riders’ placings at the event stand and what happens to their prize-money. As well as Hannah Sue’s win in the top class, Alyssa finished seventh in the CCI* on Cooley Caviar and sixth in the CCI2* on Oskar.

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A statement from the US Equestrian Federation (USEF) confirmed the riders are also provisionally suspended from USEF-sanctioned activities.

“Contrary to speculation, cocaine was not detected in any samples taken at the event,” added the USEF statement — presumably referring to a recent piece on a Canadian website which suggested unnamed event riders had tested positive for cocaine.

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