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MORE in­for­ma­tion on de­tec­tion times for drugs used to treat horses, but which are not al­lowed in com­pe­ti­tion, will be pub­lished.

This comes as part of a full re­view of the FEI’s equine pro­hib­ited sub­stances list.

Dr McEwen said while there have been “very few prob­lems” with the list it­self, it was “time to have a full re­view”, by an in­de­pen­dent panel of ex­perts.

“I have been one of those crit­i­cis­ing the FEI for not enough [in­for­ma­tion on] de­tec­tion times, and vets have asked for this time and time again,” he said.

“We had nine new de­tec­tion times this year and [FEI ve­teri­nary di­rec­tor] Göran Ak­er­ström has promised me he is go­ing to pro­vide more and more — I’ll hold him to that.”

Riders can also ex­pect more blood-test­ing from 2019.

Com­peti­tors were told at the FEI sports fo­rum in April that the FEI would step up hu­man dope test­ing and this year it has car­ried out 214 tests. Of these, 42 were out­side and 172 in com­pe­ti­tion, and there was one pos­i­tive test.

“Test­ing is go­ing to in­crease, and in line with WADA [World Anti-Dop­ing Agency] reg­u­la­tions, we also have to do blood test­ing this year,” Dr White­head said, adding this is be­cause some sub­stances are dif­fi­cult or im­pos­si­ble to test for in urine.

“Our main role is ed­u­ca­tion,” he added. “In the first quar­ter of 2018, we re­ceived as many ther­a­peu­tic use ex­emp­tion ap­pli­ca­tions as the whole of 2017. I think this is a re­sult of ed­u­ca­tion; peo­ple are re­al­is­ing anti-dop­ing does ap­ply to them.”

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