The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) is the governing body for all international events in 7 recognised equine disciplines:
The FEI considers the welfare of the horse to be paramount in all equestrian sports. In 2010, they launched the ‘FEI Clean Sport’ Programme to improve the welfare of the horse in competition and maintain the integrity of equestrian sport. This programme ensures that the entire equine community - from grooms to athletes to officials – help combat the inappropriate use of medication and doping.
The FEI has produced two lists to help prevent horses testing positive at the time of competition: the “FEI Equine Prohibited Substances List” and the “FEI list of Detection Times”. The first list consists of 2 groups of substances: banned and controlled medication. Banned substances are not permitted for use in horses competing. Controlled medications are acknowledged as substances with therapeutic veterinary benefits but are not permitted during FEI events because of the potential for their misuse. The second list states the known detection times of the most commonly used controlled medications.
Before giving any substance to a horse competing at FEI events, athletes and their support personnel should always check if it is prohibited under the FEI Rules. Ultimately, it is you as the Athlete, who will be found responsible if a horse tests positive for a prohibited substance and you will be disqualified.
As experienced equine vets and registered FEI treating vets, we have a wealth of knowledge when it comes to FEI rules and regulations and can offer sound advice regarding appropriate treatments for your equine athletes. We recognize that the last thing you want as an Owner or Athlete is a positive test at the time of competition and we will endeavor to help you avoid this.
How eVetDrug can help you avoid a positive test: