Final decision at later date

The Court of Arbitration for Sport issued a stay Monday of the Fédération Equestre Internationale’s (FEI) two-month suspension of two dressage horses recently involved in a contamination mishap – Horizon and Don Principe.

The FEI suspended Olympic dressage rider Adrienne Lyle and Horizon last month along with Kaitlin Blythe and Don Principe. The horses tested positive for ractopamine, a beta-agonist shown to improve growth performance in pigs.

Cargill announced its Progressive Nutrition Soothing Pink, a horse supplement to help prevent gastric upset, as the contamination issue. Cargill withdrew Soothing Pink from the market due to the findings.

The international federation lifted the riders’ suspensions after receiving proof the positive drug test was due to the horse supplement.

Despite the findings, the FEI refused to lift the horses’ two-month suspensions. The horses’ owners, Betsy Juliano and Maryanna Haymon, and riders challenged the decision before the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Both horses are qualified to compete at the U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions in Gladstone, NJ, later this month. In order to enter by the looming deadline, the horses’ suspensions had to be lifted.

Due to the stay, both horse and rider combinations will compete.

A joint statement released by the horses’ teams thanked Cargill for the company’s support.

“To their credit, they have worked very closely with us to find out how our horses tested positive for a banned substance – even though they knew that this might result in a finding that one of their Progressive Nutrition products was the source. They devoted their resources to helping us find answers swiftly, and we are grateful to them.”

The Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland will issue a final decision at a later date.