USEF Upholds Farmer, Gle­fke Sus­pen­sions

Practical Horseman - - Winner's Circle -

Dur­ing a re­hear­ing in June, the U.S. Eques­trian Fed­er­a­tion Hear­ing Com­mit­tee up­held the de­ci­sions it made last Novem­ber to sus­pend and fine hunter rider Kel­ley Farmer and trainer Larry Gle­fke for vi­o­lat­ing USEF Equine Drugs and Med­i­ca­tion Guide­lines at the 2016 Ken­tucky Summer Horse Show. The horse Un­ex­pected, rid­den by Farmer and trained by Gle­fke, tested pos­i­tive for GABA, a Cat­e­gory IV sub­stance that is iden­ti­fied as an in­hibitory neu­ro­trans­mit­ter, or “calm­ing sup­ple­ment.”

The Hear­ing Com­mit­tee sus­pended Farmer for 18 months, be­gin­ning July 1, and fined her $18,000. Gle­fke was sus­pended for 24 months, also as of July 1, and fined $24,000. In reach­ing its de­ci­sions, the com­mit­tee con­sid­ered a prior re­ser­pine dop­ing of­fense by Farmer as well as a prior re­ser­pine dop­ing of­fense and Ace­pro­mazine vi­o­la­tion by Gle­fke, who also had filed false med­i­ca­tion re­port forms for sev­eral horses at an April 2015 com­pe­ti­tion. In de­ter­min­ing Gle­fke’s penalty, the Hear­ing Com­mit­tee in­di­cated that he has at­tempted to avoid the fi­nan­cial as­pects of his 2015 sus­pen­sion, which be­gan Feb. 1, by shift­ing cer­tain horses he trained to Farmer, who has then taken them to com­pe­ti­tions.

“Clean sport is one of the high­est pri­or­i­ties for this fed­er­a­tion and is the one that our mem­bers value the most,” said USEF President Mur­ray Kessler. “I com­mend the Hear­ing Com­mit­tee for their strong de­ci­sion in this case. It rep­re­sents their com­mit­ment to the en­force­ment of the rules and a de­sire to rid our sport of cheaters.”

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