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09 October, 2014

We are delighted to announce that the FEI EADCMP Doping Controlled Medication negative results list from Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials 2014 has just been released.

Clifton Promise was tested and is included in this negative results list. There are six horses on the list out of the 65 starters and Clifton Promise is the only one included who finished in the top five places.

07 August, 2014

FEI Tribunal vindicates both riders with "No Fault or Negligence" decisions

With regard to the positive tests for a banned substance found in our two horses Clifton Promise and Clifton Pinot at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials in September 2013, we are delighted to announce that the FEI Tribunal has ruled that there was "No Fault or Negligence" by anyone associated with either horse (see FEI Equine Anti-Doping Decisions). As a result, the provisional suspension that had been imposed by the FEI on both riders, Jock Paget and Kevin McNab, has now been permanently lifted.

06 June, 2014

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.

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.

15 October, 2013

Late yesterday afternoon Clifton Eventers was advised that two of its horses that had recently competed at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials in September had both been tested positive for the substance Reserpine, which is on the FEI banned substance list.

This followed notification from the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) to Equestrian Sports New Zealand (ESNZ) and Equestrian Australia. One horse was Clifton Promise, the horse ridden by New Zealander Jonathan (Jock) Paget to victory, the other was Clifton Pinot, who finished 14th with Australian Kevin McNab.

04 August, 2013

Jonathan 'Jock' Paget has won the British Open Championship CIC*** at Gatcombe Park on Clifton Lush. Co-owned by Frances Stead, she said they looked fantastic all the way around the final cross country phase, with reports saying the pair looked a bit awkward over only one fence. They picked up just 4.0 time faults on a tough track that saw only three combinations go clear under time. But being the last to go, Jock knew he had time in hand and so could back off a little and pace Lush to the finish.

10 June, 2013

Jock rode Clifton Cognac to 10th place at Tattersalls CCI**, but would have finished third without an unlucky rail show jumping. Out of 67 starters, and with the disadvantage of going in the first few horses, they sat in seventh place after dressage with a score of 44.8 penalties.

12 May, 2013

Jonathan 'Jock' Paget on Frances Stead's Clifton Promise has triumphed in an extraordinary climax to the 2013 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, the fourth leg of the HSBC FEI Classics. Billed as 'The Clash of the Titans' by the media, the final four competitors going into the deciding show jumping phase were also the same four riders at the top of the FEI HSBC Rankings leader board at the end of 2012. This was truly a stellar Badminton finalé!

29 October, 2012

Clifton Promise pulled up really well from the Olympics, and in fact so much so that we were kicking ourselves for not having entered him at Burghley a few weeks later! However, there was still Pau 4-star to come end-October and the decision was made to take him there as he loves to compete and was looking and feeling so well. There would be the added benefit of Jock and Promise having their first taste of a top French designed course, ahead of the World Games being held in that country in 2014.

01 August, 2012

The London Olympic organisers made the excellent decision to hold the equestrian disciplines at Greenwich in the centre of London, thus making them a real part of the Olympics for the first time for many years. Andrew Nicholson, a veteran of seven Olympic games, said it was the first time since Los Angeles in 1984 that the riders had staying in the Olympic village with most modern day Olympic organisers relegating them to a venue far from the main part of the games. This made London a very special Olympics for the riders, as well as giving a broad spectrum of Olympic spectators a chance to enjoy the equestrian disciplines.

30 April, 2012

As Clifton Promise is a horse who thrives on work, it was decided to compete him at Rolex Kentucky 4-star end-April 2012, despite his key target being the London Olympics in July.

15 October, 2010

Jock and Clifton Promise exceed all expectations at WEG, and leave the New Zealand selector rueing what could have been if they had been on the team.

21 November, 2011

When you watch Jonathan (Jock) Paget it's hard to believe he went from never riding a horse as an 18-year-old bricklayer to three-star eventer in less than two years and seventh place at the World Equestrian Games in just six years. Jock's pupil, Summer Phillips, enjoys a beer with him and learns what it really takes to be an international event rider and Olympic hope.


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News on this web site is written primarily by Russell Hall, with contributions from Frances Stead and Jonathan Paget.

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