Wie die FEQHA heute mitteilt, wurden bei zwei Pferden im Rahmen
der Dopingtests unerlaubte Substanzen gefunden.
Daher werden den Quarter Horses "Madame Machine" und "Wisely
Victorious" die auf der Europameisterschaft erzielten Titel
Gold Junior Western Pleasure Open, vorgestellt von Mark Shaffer,
im Besitz von Gerald & Susa Göschl
Gold Western Pleasure Youth 14-18
Das Pferd gewann in dieser Saison u.a. die Pleasure Celebration
Amateur und die DQHA Western Pleasure Futurity.
Mark Shaffer erhielt in der aktuellen Ausgabe der cavallo die "Mistgabel
des Monats" für seine in einem Video demonstrierten Trainingsmethoden
(mehr dazu hier).
Das Pferd gewann in der Saison bereits die Classic Fences Pleasure
Celebration Amateur Pleasure in Kreuth.
U.a. Platz 4 Jr. W. Pleasure, geritten von Matteo Sala, im Besitz
von Sibyl von der Schulenburg
Über weitere Maßnahmen,
wie z.B. eine Sperre o.ä., gibt die FEQHA keine weitere Auskunft.
Auch auf der DQHA Q12 gibt es einen positiven Dopingtest, Madame
Machine wurden alle DQHA-Titel aberkannt (mehr
16. Januar 2013: Sibyl von der Schulenburg (Wisely Victorious) nimmt zum FEQHA-Statement Stellung
Referring to FEQHA statement:
“(...)and AQHA has been asked to cancel the potential AQHA points earned at this particular show.”
I would like to outline the fact that AQHA rulebook is considering (art. 103 e) ) the possibility “to give reciprocal effect to the disciplinary action of the Executive Committee
or other governing committee of a recognized international association” but the question is concerning the violation of AQHA rules, not those of the Int’l association.
This means that, to have the show points recognized by AQHA, the exhibitor has to comply with the AQHA rules which include the “governmental regulations” where specifically referred to. AQHA rules regulate the maximum permitted plasma concentration of certain medications and drugs. Unless there is a German governmental law that regulate this issue in a different manner, the AQHA rulebook is applicable at AQHA approved shows. The European Championship is regulated by a different Association with different rules, they determine the European Champion using the results of the AQHA approved classes. They certainly can decide to use their own rules with reference to the requirements of the potential champions (eg. Zero medication in the plasma) but they cannot change the rules applied to the AQHA classes, the only ones we have that are clear and fair, those that regulate, and assure, the award of the show points.
Sibyl von der Schulenburg
11. Januar 2013: FEQHA
verhängt keine Sperren oder weiteren Konsequenzen
Poul Haukrog Møller, Vertreter
der FEQHA, teilt nun mit, daß die FEQHA keine weiteren Sanktionen
oder Sperren verhängen wird. Mehr
9. Januar 2013: Ist Wisely Victorious von Fremden gedopt worden?
Im Dopingfall "Wisely Victorious", die positiv auf den Wirkstoff
"Flunixin" getestet wurde, ein Schmerzmittel und Entzündungshemmer,
erheben jetzt Besitzer Sibyl von der Schulenburg und Reiter Matteo
Sala schwere Vorwürfe gegen das Showmanagement der Europameisterschaft
und den Verband FEQHA.
In einem neuen Statement berichten sie von Hinweisen eines Zeugen,
der gesehen haben will, wie sich Fremde an der Futterkrippe des
Pferdes zu schaffen gemacht haben sollen. Das Showmanagement,
das umgehend darüber informiert worden sein soll, habe aber nicht
Zudem beanstanden sie die fehlenden formalen Grundlagen der Dopingtests
seitens der FEQHA, die in der Ausschreibung nur als "Anlehnung
an die Regeln der FEI" beschrieben werden. Und, ähnlich wie bereits
im Fall "Madame Machine", kritisieren sie die ungewöhnlich lange
Wartezeit zwischen dem Vorliegen der Testergebnisse (25. September
2012) und der Information an die Besitzer (03. November 2012).
Hier die beiden Statements im Original:
1. Sibyl von der Schulenburg
Dear Wittelsbuerger reader,
These days people is calling me to know more about the doping
case in which my mare Wisely Victorious has been involved. I also
noticed that someone is worried Matteo could avoid punishment.
I am impressed by such a sense of justice.
For the above-mentioned reasons, I am here to explain what happened.
When I am saying we have been victims of a boycott, I do not mean
we have been persecuted by the FEQHA doping commission (which,
to my knowledge, actually does not exist) but I refer to what
seems to be more and more common in the English-riding competitions:
people do administer prohibited substances to the horses of competitors.
Sometimes a little chocolate is enough to get a positive test
This is what I told FEQHA:
The morning of August 16,2012, in Kreuth, during the EC, Matteo
Sala has been contacted by a person who told him, he/she witnessed
a person who put something in the manger of my mare, late in the
Matteo Sala promptly informed the show management who said they
could not do anything. We discussed internally the possibility
the horse had been given some illegal substance and concluded
there was noting we could do to protect ourselves. I was thinking
of going to the police for a submission of complaints but then
I dropped the idea because I knew that could have led to a lot
of trouble to the whole organization since the laws against animal
abuse are very strict in Germany. Thus we talked to a veterinary
on the show ground and asked her to take a blood sample.
The day after, my mare went the Junior Western Pleasure class.
She seemed to be sound when she came out of her stall and in the
warm-up area too, while during the class we noticed she was sore,
thus I decided I would not go the following class, which should
have been the Amateur Select Western Pleasure. The mare ended
up to be placed way behind her potential because of her soreness
(a judge told me so) and became fourth in the Championship placement.
Since we never gave any Flunixin to Wisely Victorious, the substance
was either in the stall when she arrived or someone gave it to
her on purpose.
I am glad these doping cases will at least serve as ego pampers,
making someone feel so good and stainless. But please consider
that you can be the next to get caught in the net.
Sibyl von der Schulenburg
2. Statement from Matteo Sala regarding doping test of Wisely
Following the investigation, I can confirm that our vet administered
the triamcinolone on the 31/07, but nobody of the team gave the
horse Flunixin. The horse was in fact sore during the class, while
it looked to be sound in the worm up arena, this is the reason
she has been placed 4th only.
Do you really believe we would have given her enough Flunixin
to be tested positive but not enough to stop going lame?
The quantity of flunixin to make a horse stop being lame would
be a lot higher than the one found in the blood of the horse.
Different studies show that the quantity of Flumixin that has
been found in Wisely Victorious , can be a drug ambient contamination
. The substance can be present in the shaving or in the manger
of the stall if those were not disinfected prior the arrival of
the horses.( note: Required by the FEI Rules that supposedly are
regulating the European championship of quarter horses)
The option at this point are two:
1) Someone gave the Flunixin to the horse. ( as we have reported
from Sybil von der Schulemburg statement)
2) The Flunixin was already in the shavings or in the manger prior
the arrival of the horse
You just have to pick one…
I would like to clarify that I’m not trying to justify myself.
The horse has been tested positive and, as a rider and trainer,
I will accept the consequences of this situation.
If I see the whole story from another point of view, I have to
conclude that this doping system is neither clear nor safe.
The intention of this statement is to make you consider the possibility,
next year, same thing might happen to you.
Here are a few questions to which all of you may try to give answers
as of today i have not been lucky enough to get, not even one,
from FEQHA directly.
- Where are the rules and regulation of FEQHA ?
- Which system has been used for the withdrawal of doping?
- Why there is not a CLEAR and published rule book that rules
the European championship of quarter horse and the doping test
instead of just referring to FEI rules and change them when it’s
- Based on which rules is FEQHA allowed to publish the name of
horses tested positive?
- Why have we been informed about the positive doping test only
on November 3rd , while the test result had been given from laboratory
to FEQHA on the 25th of September?
- Do you think you know the doping rules and regulations governing
European championship of quarter horse?
- Are you so sure you are not going to be tested positive even
so you don’t give any prohibited substance?
- How can an Owner-Exhibitor-Trainer be sure of the suspension
time of any medicament your horse might need ? or the combination
of more than one substance in order to be on the safe side and
not risking to be tested positive?
The last question I have is actually the most important up to
- Is your horse safe on the show ground?
There are still a lot of questions that need to get answers, hopefully
before the next show season start, because as a Horseman that
invested the last 20 years of his life with this amazing friends
, I don’t really feel like to suggest any of my customers to keep
on showing under those conditions. For the health of their horses.
26. Dezember 2012: Statement von Matteo Sala und Sibyl von der
Wisely Victorious has been found positive for:
- Triamcinolon Acetonid: about 120pg/mL
While we did not administer
any Flunixin for at least one year , we administered Triamcinolon
Acetonid 18 days before. FEI indicates in 7 days the maximum time
this substance is detected in the horse’s blood. FEQHA said
the Triamcinolon Acetonid positive test result had been “added”
just because the test was positive on Flunixin too. We do not
understand this policy but we have to accept it.
We would like to point out that the AQHA rulebook allows plasma
concentration of Flunixin 1.0 microgram per milliliter. The quantity
found in Wisely Victorious is in the nanogram range while the
Triamcinolon Acetonid is in the picogram range, a quantity you
might find even after 60 days or longer.
Referring to the Flunixin, we have enough facts to say that we
have been victims of a boycott but, about this, we will say more
at a later date since investigations are still in progress.
Sibyl von der Schulenburg
Update 23. Dezember 2012: Statement von Mark Shaffer
Public Relations Statement from Mark Shaffer Show Horses Regarding
positive test for "Surpass" at the AQHA European Championships
On Oct 31st
I was notified by email that Madame Machine had a positive test
from the 14 - 18 Youth Western Pleasure for the Topical Linament
"Surpass". This ointment was applied 10 days prior to
the finals which means it would have had no affect on Madame Machine's
performance. The reason the surpass was applied was to help Madame
Machine recover from the long hauling trip from Austria. The standard
allowance for Surpass in America is 12 hours out of testing. Madame
Machine has been disqualified from her Gold Medal Championships
in Youth Western Pleasure and Jr Western Pleasure, however, it
should be noted that she did NOT test positive for the Jr Western
If there are any questions
or concerns about this matter, please feel free to contact me
via email @ firstname.lastname@example.org
"Surpass" enthält Diclofenac, ein Analgetika, der
bei leichten bis mittleren Schmerzen und Entzündungen eingesetzt
wird, beispielsweise bei Rheuma, Prellungen, Zerrungen und Arthrose.
Beim Pferd ist Diclofenac bei einer 4-fachen Überdosierung
maximal 72 Stunden nachweisbar im Plasma. Die Nachweiszeiten im
Urin beträgt je nach Nachweismethode 3 - 7 Tage.
Diclofenac/ Surpass wurde erst 2005 von der AQHA als erlaubte
Medikation anerkannt - mehr
In FN Anti-Doping- und Medikamentenkontrollregeln für den
Pferdesport – ADMR – zählt dieser Wirkstoff zu
den verbotenen Substanzen – unerlaubte Medikation (im Wettkampf