Thursday, September 17, 2009

Great Britain: Chris Yeoman announces FEI ban

Endurancegb.co.uk

17th September 2009

Christine Yeoman was informed at approximately 11.00am this morning that a drug test performed on her horse Forrest at the Euston Park Ride on the 9th August was positive. As a result she has been suspended by the FEI and is now not allowed to ride in the European Championships in Assisi. Statement from Chris ....

"I was informed at approximately 11.00am this morning that a drug test performed on my horse Forrest at the Euston Park Ride on the 9th August was positive. As a result I have been suspended by the FEI and am now not allowed to ride in the European Championships in Assisi.

The substance involved is something that I have never heard of before and apparently is usually fed to pigs in order to promote growth. I can only at this stage say I am trying to find out how on earth this substance was found to be present in my horse and to state categorically that I have never knowingly fed it to my horses.

I am obviously devastated by this news and I will do everything in my power to clear my name, I have spent most of the last ten years training myself and my horses to compete and succeed at this level and now to have all of that taken away is devastating.

I would like to end by wishing the rest of the team all the success in the world in the European Championships."

Christine Yeoman