Rider-trainer Rafea Alamri used a cocktail of drugs associated with abuse in endurance by masking unsoundness and lowering the heart rate.
By: Pippa Cuckson | July 5, 2021
A Saudi Arabian endurance trainer-rider has been handed a record 7½-year ban and 35,000 Swiss Franc ($ CAN 47,000) fine by the FEI Tribunal for three separate doping offences over a 12-month period.
Two of Rafea Alamri’s offences occurred at Saudi Arabia’s new showcase endurance venue Al Ula in February 2019 and February 2020. They involved drugs described by the FEI as misused in endurance to mask unsoundness and lower heart-rates to get horses through the veterinary inspections.
The Tribunal heard that, each time, Alamri was aware of the previous positives before he tried to enter further FEI rides...