Jock Paget back competing this weekend

Jock Paget and Clifton Promise.
Jock Paget and Clifton Promise. © Barbara Thomson/Clifton Eventers

New Zealand eventer Jonathan Paget is back in competition this weekend, with seven rides at the Salperton Park One Day Event near Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.

Paget’s provisional ban was lifted earlier this month, following a two-day hearing over the discovery of the long-acting sedative, reserpine, in Clifton Promise at the Burghley horse trials last September.

Paget won the event on Clifton Promise, but was stripped of the title in an interim decision by the tribunal before the start of northern hemisphere eventing season. The decision was encouraged by Paget, who wanted to tidy up any confusions around world rankings ahead of the main competitions.

Kevin McNab’s ban was also lifted.

At Salperton, rides Clifton Promise, Bullet Proof, and Shady Grey in open intermediate classes, Clifton Signature in an intermediate class, Chequers Play the Game in the open novice, and Clifton Dickara and Angus Blue in novice classes.

McNab rides the aptly named Better Thymze in an intermediate class, and is to ride Casperelli hors concours in the first intermediate class.

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