December 1, 2023
  • Dressage rider Andreas Helgstrand has dropped the bronze medal he received at the 2023 Danish national championships owing to veterinary cure specified to the horse the night time right before.

    On 4 June Andreas and the nine-12 months-aged stallion Jovian ended up 3rd in the freestyle at the championships.


    But on 19 September the Danish equestrian federation (DRF’s) attraction committee dominated that there experienced been a violation of the federation’s principles relating to veterinary cure. In the final decision released by DRF on 20 September, it was said that Jovian was taken care of by a vet on the showground on 3 June for a mild (non lifetime-threatening situation) of colic, through which time two complex delegates passed the secure though the vet was analyzing him.

    Pursuing the treatment method, the vet despatched an electronic mail to the DRF’s veterinary consultant Mette Uldahl at 10.04pm that evening, but this was not go through until finally the evening of the day following the levels of competition. The document states that no phone calls were being designed to Ms Uldahl, or enquiries to the specialized delegate, for acceptance of the treatment on Saturday – or just before the start off of the occasion on Sunday.

    “The dealing with veterinarian supplemented Mette Uldahl with further information and facts about the cure on 5 June and stated that the horse experienced been supplied 500ml of [electrolyte] duphalyte and 20ml of [painkiller] traumeel orally by tube,” browse the final decision, including that in just an hour Jovian had commenced consuming yet again and for the rest of the evening “behaved normally”.

    “It is mentioned that the attending veterinarian was consulted by Andreas Helgstrand’s groom on 3 June in the night. The vet examined the horse and carried out the treatment outlined. Andreas was not informed of the treatment right until he was informed on 6 June 2023 about the grievance filed in the circumstance.”

    The grievance, brought by DRF, is based mostly on the simple fact there was a breach of its regulations on doping and medication.

    “A horse has been medicated on a showground without the need of the necessary assessment and permission from DRF’s veterinary advisor,” the document examine.

    The complaint choice included that horses may not participate in situations below the influence of discomfort-relieving, overall performance-enhancing, stimulating or sedative substances – and that medication really should not be administered via tube. If there is a want for medication at a showground in Denmark, authorization need to be acquired from DRF’s veterinary advisor prior to treatment, except it is a “series or lifetime-threatening condition for the horse”.

    The doc states that Andreas claimed the two medicines applied are not on the FEI’s equine prohibited substances record (EPSL), that the Danish federation follows the FEI policies, that he thinks the administration by using tube was not a violation, and that two technical delegates handed the stable while the vet was dealing with the horse.

    The appeal committee stated the truth the technological delegates handed the stable simply cannot be equated with an acceptance of a provided procedure. The committee claimed it is the vet’s and in the end rider’s obligation to assure polices are complied with.

    “It can be assumed that the remedy carried out would not be authorised by DRF’s veterinary specialist, as the two prescription drugs would not be authorized for the remedy of the illness in dilemma,” browse the conclusion.

    “The horse has been medicated on an function web-site without prior permission and it is irrelevant that the prescription drugs do not surface on the FEI’s doping checklist. 4 moments the typical proposed dose of traumeel has been utilized, which the enchantment committee finds to be striking. Duphalyte is liquid and administered by tube, which is not a voluntary consumption of liquid and hence a violation.”

    The attractiveness committee “assumes” that if the horse had only been taken care of with gut-calming medication right after prior acceptance from DRF’s veterinary consultant, the horse could perhaps be allowed to take part, experienced he been assessed as suit to compete prior to the celebration. But in this case, Andreas’ own vet carried out the evaluation with out the technical delegates and DRF’s veterinary advisor.

    The charm committee dominated there was a breach of the restrictions and Andreas is disqualified from the course, and must return the prizes. He was also fined 5,000 DKK (£582). He can attraction the final decision in four months.

    Andreas Helgstrand explained to H&H he experienced “nothing to do with the matter”, and questioned H&H to acquire a statement from the treating vet.

    The vet, Dyrlæge Jonas Rasmussen, advised H&H he was termed by the groom to look at Jovian who experienced “discomfort”, and he suspected colic.

    Mr Rasmusseen mentioned portion of the assessment such as tubing Jovian, and the rationale he employed duphalyte and traumeel was since he knew that they are not on the FEI ESPL. He extra that Jovian produced a rapid restoration, and inside of an hour and a fifty percent to two hrs, he was “normal” once again and consuming.

    “Straight after my exam and administration of traumeel and duphalyte, I emailed the veterinary guide, Mette Uldahl. I wrote the email to be guaranteed that nothing was concealed in what occurred to the horse. Mette Uldahl did not respond to my email until eventually the commencing of the following week,” said Mr Rasmussen.

    “During the night and following early morning Jovian was wholly typical, and Andreas Helgstrand competed the horse. We have no intention to ride a horse that is not fit to compete.

    “The Danish federation has now decided to just take absent Andreas’ title and wonderful him. The motive for this is that I should have made a cellular phone phone to Mette Uldahl just before commencing the ‘treatment’ of Jovian, and that Mette Uldahl disagreed with the cure carried out. This is my error. I am incredibly baffled about this ruling, and I come to feel sorry for Andreas in this problem. I am continue to self-assured that in this problem I did the best for the horse.”

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