USEF Upholds Farmer, Glefke Suspensions
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.”