Test B results are in for the four show jumpers who tested positive for the illegal substance Capsacain, and they are confirmed positive. An article on Equisearch says:
Now that the B samples have confirmed all the initial findings, the process will follow the Accelerated Medication Control Procedure during and after the 2008 Olympic Games which is part of the FEI Regulations for Equestrian events at the 2008 Olympic Games (Annex G), available on the FEI Olympic website.
Evidence and written submissions have been requested from each rider, and a three-member panel of the FEI Tribunal has been appointed. Hearings will be held September 5-7 in Lausanne, Switzerland, however, it is up to the people responsible whether or not they wish to exercise or waive their right to be heard. The panel will then, in light of all the evidence received, take a decision as to the applicable sanction, if any.
An update will be provided by the FEI following the hearings (September 8) and final decisions will be announced prior to the end of the first week in October, provided the hearings can be held as scheduled. However, these deadlines are indicative timelines, and may be affected by specific circumstances as with any legal proceeding. The competition results will be amended as indicated in the Tribunal’s final decision.
The horse and rider teams involved are:
Bernardo Alves (BRA)/Chupa Chup
Christian Ahlmann (GER)/Cöster
Denis Lynch (IRL)/Latinus
Tony Andre Hansen (NOR)/Camiro
Courtney King-Dye’s Harmony Mythilus Tests Positive For Banned Substance
It was quite a shocker to hear that Courtney King-Dye’s Olympic mount tested positive for Felbinac, which is usually applied topically for the relief of local pain and inflammation. The FEI held off on making a public announcement until after the results of the test B sample were in.
After reading the article on Equisearch, I’m pretty convinced that it was an accident.
Mythilus was treated in the equine clinic at Sha Tin when he arrived for artrial fibrillation as a result of stress from his trip. He was attended by their doctors as well as the USEF Veterinarian Dr. Rick Mitchell. Neither Dr. Mitchell or Courtney had ever even heard of the drug in question, and it is not manufactured or sold in the United States.
King-Dye and Dr. Mitchell believe that during treatment at the clinic, he may have come in contact with Felbinac. In discussion with King-Dye, USEF vets, grooms and physical therapists, no other explanation or conclusion was able to be drawn.
“Neither I nor my vets had ever heard of the drug Felbinac until we got the call about Myth’s positive test,” said King-Dye. “We were stunned and baffled. We spent the entire day doing Internet research on the uses for this drug and how it could possibly have gotten into my horse’s system. As far as we could find it is not even manufactured, approved or available in the U.S. My horse has had no soundness problems whatsoever, and I would have no need for an anti-inflammatory. Anyone who knows me knows wholeheartedly that I would never dope my horse intentionally. It is cheating; it is not putting your best against the other’s best. I have never been in a more torturous and frustrating situation; trying to prove innocence is very hard. It saddens me beyond description that my whole reputation could be blackened because of this situation.”
The FEI Tribunal stated in their preliminary decision that “there are circumstances in this case that makes it difficult to clear out how the prohibited substance entered into the horse’s system.”
“The USEF stands behind the FEI’s initiatives to rid the sport of doping and to protect the welfare of our horses. We are equally supportive of Courtney in this situation as this substance was unknown to any of us until a few days ago,” said USEF CEO John Long. “It seems clear that Mythilus came into contact with it without Courtney’s or Dr. Mitchell’s knowledge.”
I sure hope Courtney’s name can be cleared of this incident. From everything I’ve read about her, and her reaction to the situation, it seems pretty clear that she’s not at fault. She’s the kind of rider who is in it because she loves the horses, not the money or fame, so she’s going to take good care of them. Unfortunately, we will probably never know exactly how the drug got into Mythilus’s system.