Ensuring integrity in Competition: Polocrosse Australia’s updated horse drug testing policy

Polocrosse Australia (PA) is committed to maintaining a fair and level playing field. In line with this commitment, we are pleased to announce the updated Horse Drug Testing Policy, version 2.2, effective from June 2024.

This policy aligns with the ‘Clean sport for horses’ guidelines endorsed by Equestrian Australia and follows the FEI Equine Prohibited Substances List.

Logbook maintenance

Owners and/or responsible persons must maintain a logbook for any horse administered controlled substances within 14 days prior to and during the competition. This logbook must be produced if an issue arises or during sample collection. The logbook template is found at the back of the horse drug testing policy.

Comprehensive testing process

PA reserves the right to test any competing horse for controlled or prohibited substances. The policy mandates:

  • random selection of games and horses for testing
  • confidential identification of testing games
  • visual monitoring and proper sample collection by appointed officials
  • blood or urine samples will be taken for testing.

Policy exemptions for the 2024 National Championships: For the upcoming National Championships in Chinchilla, specific medications for Equine Asthma or similar respiratory diseases are exempt from the policy. These medications include:

  • Aservo ‘Equihaler’ (Ciclesonide) – 5 days
  • Flixotide (Fluticasone) – Not stated
  • Ventolin (Salbutamol) – 4 days
  • Pulmicort (Budesonide) – Not stated
  • Ventipulmin (Clenbuterol) – 7 days
  • Atrovent (Ipratropium bromide) – 5 days
  • Regumate (Altrenogest) for Mares only – Not stated

To utilise these exemptions, horses must:

  1. be inspected by the National Tournament Vet on June 23, 2024
  2. provide a veterinary certificate detailing the treatment
  3. obtain final approval from the tournament veterinarian.

Ensuring fair play

This policy underscores our dedication to clean sport and the welfare of our equine athletes. By adhering to these guidelines, we uphold the integrity and fairness of polocrosse competitions.

For detailed guidelines, refer to the Polocrosse Australia horse drug testing policy document on our website.

Together, let’s promote a fair and competitive environment for all participants.

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