Court Upholds Brigid Colvin's GABA Suspension Inclusive is ridden by Tori Colvin, the daughter of Brigid Colvin. 

Court Upholds Brigid Colvin’s GABA Suspension

Tori Colvin’s mom

A New York judge upheld the GABA suspension of Brigid Colvin imposed by the United States Equestrian Federation.

Justice Debra James issued an eight-page ruling Friday morning that states the petitioner met the definition of a trainer or “an adult who has the responsibility for the care, training, custody or performance of a horse”. Among the evidence was the petitioner’s testimony that she told the drug tester to put her name down as a trainer on Inclusive’s paperwork.

Steve Rivetts was listed as the trainer on the entry form and Colvin’s name was listed on the drug tester’s paperwork (along with Rivett’s name on the drug test paperwork). The court states that there is some evidence that both she and Rivetts were trainers. Adding further weight to the finding of petitioner’s intention to act was her testimony that she told the drug tester to “put me down” even after he asked, “Are you sure you want me to do that?”

The decision shows there can be “multiple” trainers and a disciplinary action is not limited to the person who signed the entry blank as the trainer.

Inclusive, ridden by Tori Colvin, tested positive for gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in excess of normal physiological levels at the 2014 USHJA International Hunter Derby Championships. Both Rivetts and the senior Colvin were suspended for seven months and fined. Betsee Parker, Inclusive’s owner, was fined $300 and had to return the horse’s winnings. 

The court dismissed Colvin’s petition, with costs.

Colvin, through her counsel, filed a notice of appeal within hours of the decision. The parties will next report to the appellate division for further determination, which could afford Colvin a longer stay of her suspension.

Colvin has been issued a temporary stay of her suspension by the appellate court.

A correction has been made regarding the costs. 


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