USEF: ‘Any Speculation As to Positives for Cocaine is Unfounded’

Following recent allegations that riders tested positive for cocaine at the Ocala Jockey Club International Three-Day Event last month, the USEF stated to EN that this speculation is unfounded.

“Clean Sport is a critical part of ensuring the integrity of our sport. We provide Clean Sport information to all FEI athletes annually when they renew their registration and provide a refresher at the USEA annual meeting. We hope people consider this as seriously as they consider Clean Sport when it comes to their horses,” the USEF stated to EN.

“The USEF has not received human drug testing results for any eventing competitions this fall. Any speculation as to positives for cocaine is unfounded.”

USEF Managing Director of Eventing Joanie Morris addressed the topic of drug testing with the High Performance riders at the USEA Annual Meeting & Convention in Long Beach, California last week. “The FEI has hired a new company to do their testing, and the amount of testing will increase,” she said.

Joanie recommended that all athletes who compete in FEI competitions download the Global DRO app on their phones. Similar to the Clean Sport app for horses, the Global DRO app allows athletes to enter the name of a prescription drug or supplement they are taking and instantly know whether it is allowed in competition.

The Global Drug Reference Online database can also be accessed at this link. More information on the FEI’s Clean Sport initiative for both athletes and horses can be accessed on the FEI website.