New Equine Drug Testing Lab To Open In Kentucky

A new regulatory testing lab is slated to be opened in Lexington, KY, in a partnership between the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF)and the University of Kentucky. President of the USEF Murray Kessler noted that the new lab will offer independence between the lab and the USEF regulatory process.

The lab will be led by Scott Stanley, of UK’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. It will expand upon UK’s expertise in equine toxicology and pharmacology and will allow for additional, dedicated services for equine health and welfare.

The lab could be used to test the blood of more than just competition horses governed by USEF rules; the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) is urging the cohesion of all racing authorities and the adoption of a zero-tolerance policy for horses running with any prohibited substances in their bodies.

IFHA Chairman Louis Romanet said that doping racehorses in training or in competition undermines the welfare of horses and jockeys, and that racing authorities must commit to strong doping control policies.

To that end, a steering committee has been created to study IFHA governance. It will be led by IFHA Vice-Chairman Brian Kavanagh, and will include participants from the Asian Racing Federation, European and Mediterranean Horseracing Federation, North America, and OSAF (South America).

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