UAE endurance rider suspended, horse out for year

August 4, 2009

Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem of the UAE has been suspended for six months following a positive test to the horse Bebabeloula at a 120km CEI3* ride at Al Wathba on December 13.

The decision was made by the FEI Tribunal on July 22. Testing by the Hong Kong Racing Laboratory on Bebabeloula revealed the presence of Butorphanol and Hydroxyxylazine. Butorphanol is an opoid analgesic with painkiller and sedative effects when combined with other substances. Hydroxyxylazine, a metabolite of Xylazine, is a sedative with analgesic properties and a muscle relaxant.

Bebabeloula was disqualified from competition for 12 months.

Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem told the FEI that the horse was taken care of by the trainer and the veterinarian at Dubai World Stables, and he believed that he was entitled to rely on the employees of the Dubai World Stables to present him with a horse that was "fit" to ride.