As a member of FITE, the IHAA upholds the FEI rules on fair play and clean sport for both human and equine athletes.
We stand with other international sports bodies, including the IOC, FEI and FITE, in our commitment to fight all forms of cheating that threaten both the integrity and essence of sport, as well endangering health.
Anti-doping programs seek to preserve what is intrinsically valuable about sport; often referred to as "the spirit of sport".
This “spirit of sport” is the pursuit of human excellence through the dedicated perfection of each person’s natural talents; celebration of the human spirit, body and mind, and in equestrianism the talents of the equine athlete too, plus the relationship between horse and rider. It is reflected in values we find in and through sport, including:
• Ethics, fair play and honesty
• Excellence in performance
• Character and education
• Fun and joy
• Dedication and commitment
• Respect for rules and laws
• Respect for self and other Participants
• Community and solidarity
Doping is fundamentally contrary to the spirit of sport.
The IHAA’s rules on fair play and clean sport are detailed here and in the rulebook.
Anti-doping and fair play rules
While these rules apply to competitors in IHAA international competitions; the spirit of the rules detailed below applies to all.
19.4 The FEI publishes an 'Equine Prohibited Substances List' (EPSL) which is available from the FEI website as a pdf, an online database and a mobile app. This enables Persons Responsible (PRs) to ensure that they are not treating or feeding horses with substances that are prohibited for use during competition and substances that are not permitted for use in the horse at any time.
19.4.1 Prohibited Substances are categorised as follows:
Banned Substances are substances that are deemed by the FEI to have no legitimate use in the competition horse and/or have a high potential for abuse. They are not permitted for use in the competition horse at any time.
Controlled Medication are substances that are deemed by the FEI to have therapeutic value and/or be commonly used in equine medicine. Controlled Medications have the potential to affect performance and/or be a welfare risk to the horse.
Withdrawal times are available for controlled medications that may be required for therapeutic purposes in competition horses. These can be found under “detection times” on the FEI website.
19.4.2 Athletes and their support teams are strongly encouraged to work closely with their veterinarians when administering substances to horses. The FEI has published a warning regarding the use of supplements (including herbal supplements) and products of which the ingredients are unknown. Any substances which affect the performance of a horse in a calming (tranquillising) or an energising (stimulant) manner and which contain a Prohibited Substance are forbidden. Athletes should also be aware that the use of a calming product during competition may also have important safety consequences.
19.5 As a Signatory of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code, the FEI has developed Anti-Doping Rules for Human Athletes in compliance with the Code as well as with WADA’s International Standards
19.5.1 Athletes have a duty to: - Be familiar with the WADA Prohibited List and to always be updated on the latest version. - Ask their doctor or pharmacist (in the case of over the counter medication) to verify whether that medication, supplement or treatment involves Prohibited Substances or Methods. - Be extremely cautious with and generally avoid dietary and nutritional supplements. Never assume that a product is safe to use simply because it is a supplement. Many supplements contain undeclared ingredients including illegal stimulants, steroids, and prescription medications.
19.5.2 WADA’s list of Prohibited Substances and Methods is available online and as a PDF. It includes: - Substances and methods prohibited at all times (including beta blockers for archery) - Substances prohibited during competition
19.6 Protecting the credibility and the integrity of equestrian sport through prevention of competition manipulation by athletes and the officials, plus athletes' support personnel such as trainers, owners, grooms, veterinarians.
19.6.1 Match fixing, deliberately losing a match to meet an easier opponent in the next phase of competition and the sharing of inside information are all prohibited.
19.6.2 In the absence of betting on hba events the following points are only marginally relevant but still worthy of stating.
Athletes, Officials and Athletes' Support Personnel:
• Must not bet on their own discipline or on any other disciplines or competitions of the Event.
• Must not manipulate a competition.
• Must not share inside information.
• Must always report an approach to manipulate or anything suspicious.
19.6.3 Anyone who encounters or suspects manipulation at any time has the obligation to speak out. Talk to someone you trust like your trainer, national federation or email the IHAA directly.
The IHAA was established in late 2013.
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