The doping controversy that stripped Jock Paget of his Burghley title will start down the final path to resolution tomorrow as Jock and Kevin McNab present their case before the FEI Tribunal in London.
The hearing, which could take up to two days, will decide Jock and Kevin’s fate after Clifton Promise and Clifton Pinot tested positive for the banned sedative Reserpine after Burghley last year.
Throughout the process, Jock and Kevin have maintained their innocence, hiring the Bristol-based law firm Burges Salmon to represent them at the hearing. Burges Salmon submitted a defense to the FEI on Jan. 17.
The FEI has only ever exonerated one person following a banned substance violation: British endurance rider Christine Yeoman in 2009. Burges Salmon also represented Christine in her FEI Tribunal hearing.
If the FEI finds Jock and Kevin displayed no significant fault or negligence, a one-year ban is possible, though a two-year ban could also come down. The FEI Tribunal expects to take four to six weeks to make a decision.
Timeline of the Reserpine Controversy:
Nov. 19: Jock Paget: ‘I’m Not a Doper’