FEI lifts suspension of two US Dressage riders after supplement contamination

FEI Lifts US Dressage Suspensions Due to Supplement Contamination

Adrienne Lyle, Kaitlin Blythe

A company’s investigation confirming a horse supplement’s contamination leads to the FEI lifting the suspension of U.S. dressage riders Adrienne Lyle and Kaitlin Blythe. It comes after their horses tested positive for ractopamine.

Test results verify the horses Horizon and Don Principe no longer have ractopamine in their systems, however, the FEI refuses to lift the horses’ two-month suspensions. Sam Silver counsel for the riders and horses’ owners says they are challenging the decision before the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Lyle said she didn’t want to comment until there was a ruling.

The international governing body announced the riders were suspended last month due to the prohibited substance, which is a beta-agonist similar to adrenaline. It is not an ionophore like monensin.

Cargill initiated an investigation since both equestrians use the company’s products. It identified Progressive Nutrition Soothing Pink, a horse supplement advertised to prevent gastric upset, as the contamination issue.

Cargill withdrew Soothing Pink from the market due to the findings.