Equestrian Sports New Zealand has just issued the following statement, reproduced in full below.
New Zealand eventer Jock Paget is temporarily clear to return to the competitive arena after the FEI Tribunal this morning lifted his provisional suspension pending the release of their full ruling.
Earlier this week, Paget faced the Tribunal in London to explain how his horse Clifton Promise failed an equine anti-doping test in 2013.
In its ruling, which solely relates to the provisional suspension Paget has served since notification of the positive A sample on October 14, 2013, the tribunal states that it is "satisfied on a balance of probabilities, that the PR [Person Responsible, Paget] has demonstrated that he bore No Fault or Negligence for the EAD Rule violation".
Equestrian Sports New Zealand chief executive Jim Ellis welcomed the ruling, but cautioned that it related solely to Paget's provisional suspension.
"This is an encouraging step but it is important to wait for the Tribunal's full ruling."
He also reaffirmed ESNZ's ongoing and active support of FEI Clean Sport and WADA anti-doping programmes.
Clifton Promise returned a positive test for the banned substance reserpine after winning the Land Rover Burghley International Horse Trials in September. A subsequent B sample confirmed the positive analysis.
The lifting of Paget's provisional suspension from FEI competition takes effect immediately, and as a result, his suspension from all ESNZ activities, which had run concurrently, has also been lifted, pending the release of the tribunal's full ruling.
For over 15 years Clifton Eventers has worked to build the reputation of the Clifton name, in the process supporting over a dozen young up-and-coming riders with quality horses and selling over 120 eventers with the Clifton prefix to riders around the world, including Olympic gold medallist David O'Connor.
Clifton horses have represented New Zealand on the world stage since 2001 – including Clifton Promise at the 2010 World Equestrian Games at Kentucky where he finished seventh out of 80 starters and again at the 2012 Olympic Games in London where he was part of New Zealand's Bronze medal winning team.
Indeed, Clifton Promise was the third-ranked eventing horse in the world in 2012, amassing 296 FEI points from just three FEI competitions.
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27 November, 2013
Equestrian Sports New Zealand has just issued the following statement, reproduced in full below. As stated previously, Clifton Eventers will not be making any separate statement other than to emphasise once again that all the relevant parties state categorically that none of them have taken any actions with the intent of administering any prohibited substance. We would also reiterate that Clifton Eventers are firm supporters of all policies that prevent the use of any substances that enhance the performance of any horse. We all want a clean sport and a level playing field for competition. It is the only fair way for the best combination to become the winners on the day.
27 October, 2013
Last week we started the first of what we thought would be a series of weekly updates on the matter of the positive 'A' sample findings for Clifton Promise and Clifton Pinot from the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, and the indefinite suspension of their respective riders, Jock Paget and Kevin McNab.
Given the likelihood that these findings will lead to an FEI Tribunal hearing where they intend to prove their innocence, both riders have now engaged lawyers experienced in FEI cases.
The lawyers have advised, given the preparation for such cases is a long complex process, we should cease making such informative updates to the public. This is contrary to our own normal policy of open and frank communication on all topics, but we do fully accept we have no prior experience at all of such FEI cases. Therefore, we will no longer be posting weekly updates from Clifton Eventers. We apologise for any disappointment, but I am sure everyone can understand that this is a very trying time when we all want to follow the advice of those who have been in this situation before.
20 October, 2013
Subsequent to the indefinite suspension of Jock Paget and Kevin McNab following the positive 'A' sample results of their two Clifton horses tested at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, we plan to bring you weekly updates on how we are all working to clear their names. This is the first of those updates.
Just to recap, less than a week ago we received notification from the FEI of a positive 'A' sample result for the banned substance Reserpine, a sedative, for both Clifton Promise and Clifton Pinot, who were competing at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials.
Monday 6 May 2013 — 2013 Title Winner: Mitsubishi Motors Badminton International Horse Trials CCI4*: Jonathan 'Jock' Paget on Frances Stead's 16.3hh Bay NZTB Gelding Clifton Promise 2013. Credit: Libby Law - Copyright: Libby Law Photography - NZL