Clifton Eventers has taken a stance of total transparency since the shocking news that Clifton Promise and Clifton Pinot tested positive for Reserpine, an FEI Prohibited Substance, following Burghley. While the eventing world awaits the “B” sample results, Jock Paget and Kevin McNab have hired lawyers experienced in FEI cases who have subsequently advised them to cease making informative updates to the public. Test results from the “B” sample should be released any day now, and we will continue to bring you the most up-to-date information on this doping scandal.
Last week we started the first of what we thought would be a series of weekly updates on the matter of the positive ‘A’ sample findings for Clifton Promise and Clifton Pinot from the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, and the indefinite suspension of their respective riders, Jock Paget and Kevin McNab.
Given the likelihood that these findings will lead to an FEI Tribunal hearing where they intend to prove their innocence, both riders have now engaged lawyers experienced in FEI cases.
The lawyers have advised, given the preparation for such cases is a long complex process, we should cease making such informative updates to the public. This is contrary to our own normal policy of open and frank communication on all topics, but we do fully accept we have no prior experience at all of such FEI cases. Therefore, we will no longer be posting weekly updates from Clifton Eventers. We apologise for any disappointment, but I am sure everyone can understand that this is a very trying time when we all want to follow the advice of those who have been in this situation before.
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