EQUESTRIAN: World No.3 Jock Paget faces doping ban
BADMINTON Horse Trials winner Jock Paget faces a lengthy ban from the sport after his 15-year-old mount Clifton Promise failed a dope test taken after winning the Burghley Horse Trials last month.
Paget, a Surrey-based New Zealander who is ranked No.3 in the eventing world after those two major victories on the same horse in 2013, is said to be ‘upset and shocked’ by the revelation.
Clifton Promise tested positive for the banned substance Reserpine and both Paget and the horse have been provisionally suspended pending hearings with the International Equestrian Federation.
Reserpine is a sedative often used to help horses recover from long term injury or illness.
As in horse racing, a B sample from the test is expected to be checked this week and if also positive Paget will have three weeks to prepare his case before appearing in front of an FEI tribunal.
Clifton Pinot, a horse in the same ownership as Clifton Promise, who finished 14th at Burghley ridden by Aussie rider Kevin McNab, also tested positive for Reserpine.
Fellow Kiwi Andrew Nicholson finished runner-up at Burghley on Avebury.