COTH: "In a nutshell, the two new changes to GR 410 Equine Drugs and Medications will work in concert to allow an interim time to collect data and educate the membership. But effective Dec. 1, 2011, only one NSAID will be permitted.
Other details include:
"Jamie Link, the CEO of the World Games 2010 Foundation Staff, provided an Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games update. As of today, 251 days until the WEG begins on Sept. 25, the figures include:
"The Action Plan includes:
- Statistical database, to include medical and veterinary data on falls
- A standardised template to achieve consistency in the collection of international data (this will be produced twice a year)
- Compulsory appointment of a National Safety Officer (NSO) by all countries organising international Eventing fixtures to collate statistics and gather information for the FEI in the event of a serious accident
- FEI guidelines on cross-country course design aimed at minimizing risk
- Continuing work on frangible pins and deformable structures for cross-country fences
- Education of everyone involved in the sport of eventing - riders, officials and course designers; risk management will become an integral part of all national seminars
- Increased focus and education about the definition of dangerous riding."
"The primary controversy here in Louisville, Ky., is the proposed rule to limit therapeutic non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug use from the current allowable two NSAIDs to one; the USEF Equine Drugs and Medications Committee proposed the rule change, which drew heated debate at the U.S. Hunter Jumper Association Annual Meeting in December but hardly a blip at the earlier U.S. Dressage Federation and U.S. Eventing Association meetings...
Here at the USEF Meeting it appears a compromise is in the works, which as of today, has been approved by the Drugs And Medications Committee, Veterinary Committee and the Executive Committee, among others, and has strong support from the breeds and disciplines. The rule change proposal will ultimately face a vote during the USEF Board of Directors meeting on Sunday.
Details include: Beginning Dec. 1, 2011, only one NSAID will be permitted. From April 1, 2010 to Nov. 30, 2011, two NSAIDs will be permitted. If a horse receives two NSAIDs, a USEF NSAID disclosure form must be filled out and filed for data collection. Failure to fill out the form will result in a warning through 2010 (estimated time frame). Failure to fill out the form will result in an administrative penalty in 2011 (estimated time frame)."
So what does this all mean? Â I wanted to make sure that the implementation of the '20 October List' indeed meant that the progressive list was indeed delayed, and that zero-tolerance stood, so I sent the FEI an email. Â Here is an excerpt of my email, and the FEI's response.
A very nice Cooper tribute by Stephanie Diaz on EventingUSA . Question: how am I linking on Wednesday night to a story that was published on Thursday? Answer: magic
"Although a firm decision has not yet been announced, every equestrian nation H&H has contacted -- including those in favour of allowing NSAIDs in sport -- agreed to the delay... Â Spain, Ireland, Sweden, Isreal, the Netherlands and Germany also said they agreed fully with the proposal. And although Belgium, Russia and the US are in favour of NSAIDs in horse sport, these federations have agreed to the delay." Read more
TheHorse.com explains why making fair and uniform drug rules is challenging.
"[Equestrian Sport of New Zealand] chief executive and secretary general Jim Ellis laid out New Zealand's position in an open letter to FEI head Alex McLin...
We the International Jumping Riders Club are the athletes who form the sport that your International Federation is the governing body of. We represent the athletes of the well know discipline in your family, and we are a group that has a membership across the globe, which has been in existence since the year 1977...
We do not feel that the General Assembly should be permitted to reverse a decision after it is taken, or to delay it beyond reasonable timeframe. We agree to the fact that the FEI Bureau has requested delay of implementation until April, and we will do everything to work alongside you in order to help you achieve the necessary examination of the substance levels that are included in the list. We the International Riders feel that we are willing to accept and aid the List Group of the FEI to amend the list to include lower levels in the case of some substances specified, in order to protect horses who compete in countries with less of a depth of veterinary knowledge and care, and in order for your delegates to feel comfortable that they have made a conservative judgment. According to the Statutes that the FEI passed in regards to Clean Sport, we recognize that an annual amendment to the list is possible, and therefore we agree to this policy direction and understand that annually it can be refined.
Madam President, we request respectfully, that you maintain this progressive list, and that you protect us, your riders from the damage that is being done to us publicly in the International Media from a situation that we did not contribute to create...
Postpone any decision for a further year would not be useful to our sport and would still leave riders, owner, organizers in a situation of uncertainty, and giving a negative image of our sport to athletes, fans and media.
On behalf of the IJRC
Respectfully Yours, Rodrigo Pessoa, IJRC President Ludger Beerbaum, Vice President Dr. Eleonora Ottaviani Moroni, Secretary General Francois Mathy jr, Advisor" Full Letter. Thanks to the FEI for originally sending us this letter.
Oh yeah, and the FEI reads Eventing Nation.
Oh yeah, and the FEI reads Eventing Nation.
Excerpts from the FEI's letter sent out to all member federations last week about postponing the 'progressive list' until a revote in November 2010, a move that we originally reported on Friday after hearing about it at the USEA convention.
"Dear Member National Federations of the FEI,
In the context of the dispute that has erupted within our family over the best way to achieve our shared goals of eradicating doping and protecting the welfare of horses, I write to ask for your support.
Specifically, I am asking you to give your written consent to allow the implementation of the "20 October List" with the new rules in April 2010 and place the issue of NSAID policy on the agenda for the 2010 General Assembly. I give you my word that this issue will be tabled in the form of a policy choice for the GA in 2010 and that, in the meantime, HQ will make it a priority to provide you with the necessary scientific thought and research for you to make an informed decision. I ask that you please indicate your support, or lack thereof, by replying to this email.
...The General Assembly considered two options: the "20 October List" and the "Progressive List." The Progressive List classified specified NSAIDs up to certain levels as permitted medications and removed them from the Prohibited Substances category of the 20 October List.
[Note: the 20 October list is known colloquially as the 'zero-tolerance list.' The FEI has been accused of selecting confusing names for the lists and changing those names, and this letter is still seems a little unclear about the exact nature of each list, whether intentionally or unintentionally.]
...We all agree on the important things. Everyone involved in this debate wants to eradicate doping. Everyone involved in this debate wants to protect the welfare of horses. We all favour "zero tolerance." The General Assembly approved an outright and unequivocal ban on substances that are intended solely to enhance performance. There will be no retreat from that. But the term "zero tolerance" is easy to use - and easy to abuse. In human sport, "zero tolerance" is actually the same policy as the Progressive List. Acceptance of the Progressive List for equestrian sport does not mean acceptance of doping.
This is not a debate driven by geography or cultural differences. It is not a split between developed and under-developed; and rich from poor; or East and West. Many of the most developed nations among our NF body have voted for the Progressive List, and feel passionately that this is the way that the sport must go. I would equally highlight that many of the smallest and most under-developed nations in our sport have vocalized clearly to me their overwhelming concern that this policy change will not allow them as National Federations to fulfill their duty to protect their equine communities. Some have also expressed fear that passage of the Progressive List presented them with the problem that they would be unable to institute the necessary educational tools fast enough to protect their equine communities from those with a lack of knowledge who would unwittingly abuse the rules...
There are good arguments on both sides of the issue, and we should listen to each other with consideration and respect. Our equine partners in sport will be the losers should we not agree to debate this in a calm and rational fashion...
Let us put this "time out" to good use so that we can engage in a calm, rational debate over the best way forward and then vote on this policy issue at the 2010 GA. In the meantime (as of 1 January 2010), the FEI will apply the clean sport recommendations not related to the new regulations, which have you have already approved and which will allow for considerable progress on the FEI's clean sport initiative.
We will probably never have unanimity, but working together, we can agree on an approach that serves the interests of equestrian sport and the athletes -- both human and equine -- who practice it. That, after all, is what we all desire.
Once again, I ask for your support in approving the implementation of the "20 October List" with the new rules in April 2010 and place the issue of NSAID policy on the agenda for the 2010 General Assembly. I ask that you please indicate your support, or lack thereof, by replying to this email.
Haya Al Hussein"
Read the full letter at Eurodressage. Thanks to the Chronicle for the original link.
My ridiculous take: We have questioned Princess Haya over the past few weeks, but this letter is the perfect step to resolve the issues within the FEI. Delaying the implementation of the progressive list until next November resolves concerns about the WEGs, and allowing the revote will lend legitimacy to the final decision. All of this is assuming that the member nations actually vote to approve the delay, but I cannot possibly imagine that the FEI would offer this as an option without being sure of the final vote. If the member federations voted against Princess Haya on this matter, the legitimacy of the FEI leadership would be crippled. Everyone at the USEA convention seemed absolutely convinced that the delay and revote would go through, including Mark Phillips, and the Chronicle reported "rumors confirmed."