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September 3, 2018
Environmental contamination with an antidepressant was behind minute traces of the drug being found in an endurance horse at a Canadian ride.
The FEI Tribunal found that the United States-registered rider Nicki Meuten bore no fault or negligence for the drug being in her horse’s system during a CSI3* 160km ride at Coates Creek, Canada, on July 2 last year.
Meuten competed on FYF Dutch in the race.
Her mount was selected for drug testing and FYF Dutch was positive for O-Desmethyl Venlafaxine, an anti-depressant used for treating depression and anxiety. It is classified as a banned substance under the FEI’s anti-doping rules.
Meuten was told of the positive test on October 16 last year, with provisional suspensions imposed on the horse and rider.
On May 18 this year, a preliminary hearing panel decided to lift Meuten’s suspension after considering written submissions and documents from her which indicated inadvertent environmental contamination as the likely source...
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