The British Equestrian Federation which regulates British Showjumping, British Dressage, British Eventing & British Reining introduced new medicine regulations from 1st January 2012.
The new regulations will match the international (FEI) regulations and essentially divide medicines into two categories:
- Banned substances which have no therapeutic use in the horse and should not be used in horses. This is termed Doping, i.e. the use of artificial enhancements to gain an advantage over others in competition.
- Controlled substances which can legitimately be used to treat medical conditions in horses but are not permitted in competition.
Full details of the new rules can be found at www.bef.co.uk
Essentially, if your horse requires medication out of competition which may still be in the horse’s system at the time of competition then the owner/rider and vet need to complete a medication form stating the reason for use of the product. This form must be taken with you to the competition to be produced in the event of a test. Your vet should be able to advise you of the detection time of any medication prescribed and it is usual to add in a safety factor as some horses may exceed the average detection time.
The detection times of many drugs in the controlled substances category can be found on the FEI website http://www.feicleansport.org as can lists of medications in the controlled and banned lists. Please bear in mind that the drugs listed are the active ingredients not the trade names so please check the labels of any medication that you use carefully.
If your horse is tested at a competition then you must apply for a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) within 10 days of the test. The medication and TUE forms can be found on the BEF website.