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Important Announcement and Reminder – Dressage Equine Medication Rule Change For 2011 | Print |

Dressage Canada wishes to remind all members of the decision that was taken for 2011 regarding equine medication control for dressage competitions.  The DC Board decided in November 2011 to adopt the Equine Canada Equine Medication control rules without exceptions (i.e. allowing administration of one licensed NSAID).  This means that there will be uniformity of medication rules across Equine Canada.  If any member has questions regarding this change, they can contact the Equine Canada Equine Medication Program Coordinator Kari MacGregor This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or the Equine Canada Dressage Department This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Below find Chapter 18 from the Equine Canada Rules for Dressage outlined below, this change to the rules was effective January 1st, 2011.

 Chapter 18 - Equine Medications

See Section A - General Rules and Regulations, Chapter 10 – Equine Medication Control

 

Article E 18.1 Statement of Responsibility

 The Person Responsible for a horse is an adult who has, or shares responsibility for the care, training, custody, and performance of the horse and who has the official responsibility for that horse under EC rules and is liable under the penalty provisions of the Rules for any violation of the EC Rules.

The Person Responsible must hold an EC individual or group license (see General Rules and Regulations A1011).

For the purpose of these rules, the Person Responsible is normally the trainer, owner or the competitor who rides or drives the horse during an event. The Person Responsible is ultimately responsible for the condition, fitness and management of the horse and is responsible for any act performed in the stables by himself or herself or by any other person with authorized access to the horse, or while the horse is being ridden, driven, or exercised.

Article E 18.2 Equine Drug and Medication Penalties

See Section A - General Rules and Regulations Chapter 10 Any violation of the Equine Medication Rules proven to have occurred will result in the imposition of penalties and the return of all winnings of the horse in question.

Article E 18.3 Drugs and Medication: Equine

See Section A - General Rules and Regulations, Chapter 10.
Normal levels of the drugs ranitidine, cimetidine or omeprazole may be administered to competition equines for the therapeutic treatment of ulcers. See the rules of Equine Canada, Section A, General Regulations, Article A1005, Emergency Veterinary Treatment.

Article E 18.4 Drug Testing

See Section A - General Rules and Regulations, Chapter 10 - Equine Medications Control.

Article E 18.5 Horse Inspection

FEI sanctioned events only - See FEI Rules for Dressage & FEI Veterinary Regulations, both can be found on the FEI website www.fei.org.