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  • Submitted: Fri, May 10, 2013
  • Updated: Fri, May 10, 2013

  • Reported By: doglover — BEDMINSTER New Jersey
Walt Bogdanich (The New York Times)
620 Eighth Avenue New York, New York USA

Walt Bogdanich ,The New York Times,Walt Bogdanich, The United States Equestrian Federation and the United States Olympic Committee Turning a Blind Eye on Drugging at USEF Sanctioned Shows New York New York

*General Comment: Source isn't very reliable...

*Author of original report: Anarchy within the USEF

*Author of original report: In RE to: HERMIT

*Author of original report: Another Horse Tests Positive ALMOST A YEAR AGO and is Listed as DECEASED on the USEF Website? Just published in the APRIL 2013 USEF Rule Violations

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Walt Bogdanich, the Pulitzer Prize Award Winning Investigative Reporter who wrote an article containing false information regarding the tragic death of my pony, along with high ranking members of the United States Equestrian and the United States Olympic Committee are turning a blind eye to recent events transpiring at USEF Sanctioned Competitions. Even though the United States Equestrian Federation is claiming to enact new drug and medication rules and investigative procedures, they are sweeping alleged accounts of abuse and drugging under the rug.  

I have reached out to the Sonja Keating, USEF's In House General Counsel, John Long, the USEF's CEO, Chrystine Tauber, the USEF President and each and every board member of the USEF, in addition to select committee members of the USHJA and received only one response out of over 100 people emailed. I have also copied the USOC's general counsel (John Ruger and Gary Johansen) on my emails.
 
I am saddened as I have been instrumental in opening the USEF's eyes to many problems with in the system and having been pushing HARD for reform. At the very least, something good should come out of my ponies tragic death. I have been and am still being used by the USEF as a scapegoat when they knew New Bolton cleared me of any wrongdoing. That is okay as it has brought a subject to the surface that needs reform in this industry. If I have to be the catapult for change then so be it. My shoulder's are broad and my passion endless for these beautiful creatures.
 
Recently their was a lawsuit filed against a trainer for alleged abuse of a pony and misrepresentation. In addition to the lawsuit filed, this trainer recently admittedly had her head groom signed the entry blanks at USEF sanctioned competitions and her response was that her lawyer advised her to do so. This was after one of the horses under her care and custody "dropped" ringside and allegedly defecated and urinated all over itself at a USEF sanctioned competition. This horse miraculously recovered and showed that DAY and NIGHT and they had a minor child state it was a "bee sting". Great publicity move in my opinion. I have never seen a bee sting cause such a reaction nor would I show my animal twice if it had such a severe reaction to a bee sting. I was not present and only heard and read of accounts but I am disheartened that the USEF has not instituted action or an investiagtion against this trainer, who also happens to be a USEF judge, on the USEF Drugs and Medication Committee and the USEF Pony Committee. The "not signing as trainer" when you stand by the ingate of animals you train for large sums of money raises RED FLAGS. How many trainers need to consult their attorneys before signing a USEF entry blank? 
 
In the lawsuit which was filed in the New York Supreme Court, the plaintiff alleges that a PONIES FEET WERE BLOCKED (numbed with some sort of substance so the pony could not feel its sore feet) and her child rode the pony for USEF Pony Finals 2012 (the largest pony competition of the year). It states the pony is now 8 years old and must live its life muzzled in a field due to rotation of its coffin bone. I only hope this pony is not suffering beyond having to be muzzled for turnout for the rest of its life. 
 
I have witnessed and will sign a sworn affidavit under the pains of perjury in relation to an incident in 2008 where I saw a pony under the custody and control of this same trainer come off a trailer too lame to compete. I witnessed it misbehave in the schooling area, still very lame and being jumped non-stop by a junior jockey. As I was waiting for the pony division to begin, I watched this entire set of events occur and was floored. The pony was then taken back to the trailer and logically I thought it was to be scratched. To my surprise the pony resurfaced 100% sound, competed and ribboned. My only conclusion was that the ponies feet were blocked so that it could compete. In my experience, a stone bruise, twisted shoe, abscess or sore feet could not be resolved this quickly. At that time, I had no idea that a ponies feet could be blocked without using USEF banned substances but unfortunately I have come to learn this is common practice in this industry. I also doubt they had a vet on board their trailer at a local show and query who performed the alleged blocking of the ponies feet. To think a child would be put on a pony that could not feel it's front feet is frightening and endangers the child's life. I gave this trainer the benefit of the doubt until this lawsuit surfaced. 
 
This is not the first time I have heard of this occurring, as a friend of mine witnessed this being done to her horse by a different trainer at Saratoga and told me of what she witnessed as she hid behind a barn unseen. She called me to ask what I thought they injected/blocked her horse with and I had no idea but asked around and heard of a few non USEF banned substances that were being used. To think this procedure was done by a trainer, at a USEF sanctioned competition, not under sterile conditions or by a trained veterinarian is frightening. To think her child was put on this horse to compete when it could not feel its feet is even more frightening. Her horse suffered bruising afterward to the point he needed rest and was never the same again. 
 
I also was up late one night at a USEF sanctioned show, as one of my ponies was not feeling well, went to check on him and scooted over to the bathroom and witnessed a USEF judge and trainer "bloodletting" a small pony hunter in the middle of the night. I was horrified and froze, sickened by what I saw. I had never heard of this before and saw a bucket of blood next to the pony. I was told later that this was referred to as "bloodletting" and it was used to drain animals of energy. I thought of reporting this incident but had no proof it occurred but have since learned other trainers were also aware of what this R Judge and trainer was doing to this very same pony. I can not stay silent any longer and will also and will sign a sworn affidavit under the pains of perjury regarding this event. I watched the pony go the next day and since that time lost all respect for this individual. 
 
I have also seen personally and heard of stories of another trainers ponies flipping in the ring on more than one occassion. One pony even did so with this trainers child. In my experience, ponies take care of themselves and will do their best to keep themselves out of danger. I have never had a pony flip nor have I ever had a child injured while under my supervision. My daughter has been riding since she was 6 years old and has only suffered minor injuries and she has ridden and we have TRAINED some of the toughest ponies in the country that were considered throw aways. One such pony was sold to me without disclosing it had been crashed numerous times in the days before its purchase through the pony finals auction. The trainer and agent who sold it to me laughed years later when she disclosed this to me. I hardly found this funny. I returned a pony to this same trainer before the above happened when she sent me a pony for my daughter to ride and wanted me to inject it with large amounts of depo. I refused to do so and the pony is now just making a comeback in the small pony ring. Here's hoping that it grew up over the last couple of years. 
 
I also leased an equitation horse from a trainer for my daughter who insisted it be kept in another trainers barn. That should have been my first hint. On winter break, we showed up one day unexpectedly and the horse spun and spooked and reared. The next day, I made sure to show up unexpected again and the same thing happened. I demanded the horse be placed in my care so I could see if the horse would work in my program. I quickly figured out the horse was being drugged every time my daughter rode him and was not as represented. I returned the horse and NO REFUND was given. I drove up to a horse show 2 hours away after it was returned to watch the horse compete with an experienced junior and he squatted and hardly made it around a 3'6" course. I walked up to the trainer and point blank asked him what was being given to the horse and he admitted it was being given magnesium. Still no refund was given and this was considered standard operating procedurte even though my daughter was being placed on its back? I walked away disgusted. I heard the horse, which was obviously unrideable without drugs was donated to Texas A&M. Months later I received a call from the same "friend" (someone who loves to stir the pot) who told me it had been donated and was told the horse landed a Texas A&M student in the hospital with a concussion. I have no idea the validity of the statements made by this person but did not think it was impossible that this would happen to someone riding this horse. I have never seen the horse again and its USEF recording number has disappeared from the USEF search engine. Coincidentally, this was a trainer who was one of the agents in the lawsuit filed above. 
 
It is also my understanding through the grapevine (rumormill) that trainers are using masking drugs to ensure they do not drug test positively. I have no idea the validity of the statements made to me and can not even fathom what the masking agents would be used or even are but hope this is not being done to these beautiful and submisssive creatures. 
 
It is mind boggling that the USEF, USHJA and USOC are turning a blind eye to these abuses and what is going on in our industry and has not immediately enacted a temporary suspension in accordance with GR609. The events that have occurred over the course of the last few months give rise to the welfare of animals and children under this trainers care. We already know of one animal who has allegedly suffered and to think how many more are or have been subject to the same alleged torture is unthinkable. I also purchased an expensive pony who went through dexamethasone withdrawal and lost much of its hair and mane. Vet records to prove it as the pony was having such a severe reaction, it needed to be weaned off the dex. I was floored. It was weaned off the dex by the same vet who prepurchased it and drug tested it. No dex showed up but there was enough in that ponies system to throw it into withdrawal. 
 
The unresponsiveness of the USEF is egregious. I was told by USHJA Vice President, Mary Babick, that change is slow and that the USEF wants to hear both sides of the story. It took six months to adjudicate my tragedy even though I gave the USEF full access to my animals at Devon and all supporting documentation. A steward never even showed up to hear my side of the story and should have been immediately present and was being called for. They knew I was innocent and if you read the transcript of my hearing Ms. Keating actually tried to assist the proponent when the USEF knew she sent me threatening emails, in an attempt to bring me down. Even the credit card company to which she filed a dispute did not believe her claim. Mr. Danford Esq, the USEF Hearing Panel's attorney, tried to have this testimony stricken from the record but it stands and we have emails to support Ms. Keating's efforts and the proponents threatening emails. Unfortunately, I did nothing wrong so Ms. Keating's attempts were fruitless. She can backfill the Hearing's decision and slant it any way she wants but I was adjudicated. It seems to me, as In House General Counsel, she should put her time to better use. As an aside, two USEF Board members have openly defamed my name, one even going so far as to make fun of me on his Facebook page. 
 
I attempted to have GR609 in regard to temporary suspensions modified and Ms. Keating drew a line in the sand and would not budge. THE RULE STANDS! It seems this General Rule only applies to the masses and not to the USEF's inner circle. I was told by a board member that this was only to be used in the case of a "smoking gun"? If this gun isn't smoking than I do not understand that concept. What about all of the other smolking guns? 
 
Since the tragic death of my pony, I have been forging a campaign for immediate reform in this industry. In fact, I emailed the New York Times, before they even were aware of my ponies death and the false claims made against me which were adjudicated. I alerted them to the rampant drug abuse in this industry and they ignored my email. The email sent was forwarded to Mr. Bogdanich but it was ignored in his article along with other relevant facts as they did not serve his purpose. Quoted in the article was a USEF member who had been sanctioned for a drug violation, hardly a credible source. This source along with every other source who made a statement against me either owed me money, had been a former employee who took advantage of my generosity, or worse was an unstable mother/client who was asked to leave my barn. Ms. Keating, when confronted by my attorney, admitted Mr. Long misinformed the New York Times and instructed my attorney to correct it. Mr. Bogdanich had an agenda and it was hardly an investigative report about the rampant "drugging" in our industry. Frankly, it did not even touch the surface. 
 
The USEF while they talk a good game at these highly publicized Town Hall Meetings has yet to put their money where their mouth is. I am told the rule changes will take effect in 2014. I believe the Carolina Gold Hearings "buzz" was a farce to scare trainers into not using the product. I immediately asked New Bolton to test my pony for Carolina's Gold, as well as other substances, to prove my innocence. One of the top clinics in the United States did not have access to this test and could not get their hands on it. I scoured for information on the whereabouts of the test, the validity of the test and the accuracy of the test and came to realize the torrid truth. Trainers are still using Carolina's Gold and BRAGGING about not drug testing positive. 
 
I have been researching the drug abuse from within and have found out some abhorrent practices by some top trainers to which the USEF has turned a blind eye. Out of all of the animals that died at USEF competitions last year, of which I am told is over 20 that WERE reported, mine was the only one investigated. Top trainers whose animals either "dropped" or died were not investigated and stewards and show management turned a blind eye. 
 
The constant pressure I have been putting on the USEF has instituted some rule changes but they are by far not enough. Animals continue to suffer at the hands of unscrupulous trainers and the USEF continues to use scare tactics and turn a blind eye only using people outside their inner circle as scapegoats. 
 
I will work tirelessly at this worthy cause, as I have my first set of foals on the ground and refuse to allow them to fall victim to these egregious practices. They were bred to be performance ponies and are out of some of the most respected pony bloodlines which I have taken years to assemble. I look at them everyday and wonder what life holds for them. If I did not act and ensure their future wellbeing, I would be remiss. I refuse to be silenced. I am not willing to risk their wellbeing. Not one of them.
 
Does the USEF, USHJA or USOC really want to take the risk of more incidents or another animal being left to a field for the rest of its life muzzled in misery or god forbid a child or rider being hurt? The USEF's liability is endless with the string of events to date. The USEF, USHJA and USOC must take immediate action and at the very least institute an investigation into these alleged events. 
 
I have already filed complaints with the ASPCA, PETA and animal welfare as well as my email campaign stated above. Slow change, as stated by Mary Babick, is NOT the answer. TOTAL AND IMMEDIATE REFORM is NEEDED. The USEF, USHJA and the USOC must not turn a blind eye and protect its inner circle at the expense of animals and riders, especially children.
 
Ms. Keating can send all the emails she wants to the USEF Board Members, USHJA Committe Members and the USOC. They can make their way to every judge out there. We all know whats going on and its time for the people I emailed to STAND UP TO THIS ABUSE OF THE SYSTEM and ANIMALS. I am tired of hearing USEF Board Members, USHJA Committee Members and Judges tell me they are afraid to speak up because they will be cast out of favor. It is time to stand up for these beautiful animals and take a stance.
 

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AUTHOR: Retta - ()

 I have to say that while I agree many associations need to step up and take action, I have also seen the person who wrote this as part of the problem. If you are going to point your finger then you should at least take responsibility for your own wrongdoing. Even murderers can get off for lack of evidence. All the investigation into you proved is that it does need to fix the regulations. Illegal drugs aside, IV drugs should not be administered by you without the aid of a Vet. Yes, you were wrong and I have never seen anybody who is innocent not at least take some responsibility for the death of a horse/dog/etc. In their care. You are playing the part of victim, blaming everybody for conspiring against you and that is not an indication of innocence. Not to mention the innocent doesn't go around engaging in legal battles and badmouthing people. I do find it odd that you would call the pony in question a freak of nature. Freaks of nature don't need 15 separate injections before a show. Nobody wrote anything false about you, you need to take responsibility for yourself before pointing fingers at other people. Ultimately, you don't say of any "proof" that you sent into the usef. In this country some indication of truth is needed, but your word isn't good enough. It's no surprise you weren't taken seriously because it's clear you're expecting them to knock down doors to get proof that is otherwise non-existent. This isn't Nazi Germany where the government is free to do that. When we get down to it, I don't deny bloodletting, drugging, and the like happen. Im betting you've drugged horses with at least legal drugs before because let's face it a pony doesn't need 15 separate injections and if they do then they shouldn't be showing, they need rest or retirement. That being said I highly doubt the specific incidents you mentioned occured(except for the horse collapsing because of a non-existent bee) because if the bloodletting happened then you were just as guilty as anybody else turning a blind eye. Even without evidence you didn't say anything, when you could have. Not to mention that phones, that everybody carries on their person, have a wonderful invention called a camera. They allow you to take pictures even at night. Furthermore, this report holds no weight whatsoever. The USEF, along with many other equine associations need change but not by someone who fabricates everything to vindicate herself. We need truths to come out not false information, or unfounded accusations. This entire country was built on the burden of proof. It's clear that you did not provide any proof that would allow an investigation into such individuals and barns. You are expecting people to take responsibility for their actions when you refuse to take responsibility for yours. Change starts with YOU, so you might want to look at yourself before kicking up the dust on an unfounded accusation.

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Anarchy within the USEF

AUTHOR: doglover - ()

I have written endless emails to the USEF. Their latest suspensions show they are just appeasing the masses and are not serious about their claims of harsh suspensions. It amazes me that I am the only one willing to step forward. Forget the rampant drugging. The braiders are there in the middle of the night and so is night watch. I have heard stories of water withdrawal, horses heads tied to their tails, horses heads tied up and yes that is who confirmed to me what the bucket of blood was. No one will step forward. Its disgusting. 

I have seen the ASPCA at indoors only. They sponsor one of the major classes at USEF sanctioned shows and should be embarassed to put their name on that or any other class. The equitation horses are the most abused of all. Spun endlessly on lunge lines until they are rendered useless. I have contacted the ASPCA and not received a response. Disappointing to say the least.

Maybe the answer is to have the ASPCA, animal control or an independent organization at the shows day and night walking through the barns becuase obviously the USEF is not capable of handling this serious problem and wants slow change. I can guarantee if the USEF bans drugs or injections, other inhumane practices will replace the drugging. A double edged sword. 

I will not answer anonymous users questions on horse forums. If you really want change, come out from behind your pseudonymns and stand up for change. Otherwise, you really have no credibility. Everyone knows how to reach me. 

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In RE to: HERMIT

AUTHOR: doglover - ()

Default again Ms Manderino

 
Quote Originally Posted by amberhill View Post
Walt Bogdanich ,The New York Times,Walt Bogdanich, The United States Equestrian Federation, The United States Hunter Jumper Association and the United States Olympic Committee Turning a Blind Eye on Drugging at USEF Sanctioned Shows

"The report makes clear sickening reports of all the inhumane practices being done by every BNT at the shows. But for Christ Sake please stop saying you are not responsible for killing that pony! Magnesium doesn't test and kills almost all of the reported deaths at usef events. If you want to reform the sport, start with yourself and file protests concerning all the people you mention in the rip off report. I agree reform needs to happen. I also believe it starts with telling the truth! The whole truth in this case would at least help... If you kill an animal at a USEF event it should be investigated and person responsible for said death should be held responsible for it. You can kill a horse and not get fined, set down or investigated, but a positive test for a sedative gets you 2 months and $$$$ for the USEF. People say shame on the penalty not being longer. I mean really? .12cc of a sedative I guarantee is a lot better for the horse than 30+cc of Magnesium! The federation never takes the horses welfare into account when they make the rules or assign their penalties. They don't consider the animal or the USEF members. If you send a medication or supplement to the USEF and ask them to test it before administering it to an animal. They throw it away and will not respond or acknowledge the request. They are only focused on catching people and depositing the penalty $$$. If an administrative penalty is offered for an action it is accompanied with a nice little letter telling you if you don't except the offer bc the charge is unjust be prepared for a lot of expense and a greater penalty. Really they are equally responsible for the drugging problems in the sport. 
Regardless, just stop lying about HUMBLE"
A full investigation was done by the USEF and animal welfare and one of the most respected clinics in the nation, New Bolton and my name was fully cleared. Humble was not administered magnesium and his magnesium levels were well within the normal limits. I am a member in good standing and you can spew your lies just like Walt Bognavich but the investigative findings stand. 
As for the current suspension, I only know the Raposa's in passing but Karen has been nothign but lovely and her daughter is one of the sweetest and most lovely girls on the circuit. She did not get that way by having unscrupulous parents and and I am willing to give them a pass and so should others. 
This still does not know explain how this horse died. Where it died? And whether the USEF did a full investigation? 
I can tell you that I am not willing to give the owner, Redfield Farms a pass. I have firsthand knowledge of Emil Spadone's drugging of horses. I leased a horse named Carrera (USEF #5045087) from him when Emma was younger to do the 3ft and then Big Eq and Emil insisted it be kept at a trainers facility (Autumn View). That is when the first lightbulb should have gone off. When Emma was on a school break we showed up early one day as she had finished riding hers at home and the horse spun, spooked and reared, a behavior I had never witnesed before. The next day, I made sure we showed up unexpectedly and the horse exhibited the same behavior. I then knew something was amiss. 
I snuck into the office at Autumn View and found a medicine chest with drugs. The barn was set up so that the clients were in the viewing room and Kelly Wilson, who coincidentally also exercised horses for Emil, could scurry around the back barn unbeknownst and I surmised she was medicating animals before customers arrived. I have no proof of this and decided I needed to see for myself the true horse I leased for my daughter. 
I demanded the horse be placed into my program to see what was really going on and with much hesitation, Emil, agreed. I took the horse to Virginia to a horse show and it was unrideable and unsafe. I immediately returned the horse to Emil as I was not willing to put my daughter on a dangerous animal and the horse had been misrepresented to me. I asked for a refund or a replacement and was basically told to "go pounce sand". 
-----Original Message-----
From: (((email redacted)))
To: mscott@usef.orgespadone@aol.comjoe@magnajm.com
Sent: Tue, Jun 1, 2010 12:24 pm
Subject: Carrera USEF Membership # 5045087

Melissa,
 
Please note the lease on the above horse has been terminated and is to be removed from Amber Hill Farm's (#5035137) roster. The horse is to be shown at HITs Saugerties this coming weekend under a different trainer and rider and Amber Hill no longer has responsibility for any liability that may arise.
 
Thank you so much for your immediate attention to this matter.
 
Regards,
Elizabeth M****
Amber Hill Farm
(((phone number redacted)))
Emil insisted the horse could jump 3'6" and I traveled 2 hours to watch the horse perform as he insisted it could. I sat on the stands. The horse squatted over the course and struggled barely making it around with an experienced junior jockey on his back. I walked straight up to Emil at the ingate and asked him what drugs he had the horse on and he OPENLY admitted that the horse was given magnesium. Emil also told me there was nothign wrong with magnesium as it was totally legal. I told him how disgusted I was that he would lease me a horse that needed to be drugged and put my daughter in danger. That was the last USEF santioned show the horse ever attended. It was obviously not marketable unless he could tuck it away in a sitaution that would "mag" it. 
The owner and Emil kept my money and I was told by a "friend" it was donated to Texas A&M. The owner kept my money knowing he leased me a dangerous horse and got a nice donation for his taxes. This "friend" called me a month later and told me it had landed a student at Texas A&M in the hospital with a concussion. I can not confirm or deny this and but do not doubt the validity of these statements based on what I witnessed and that the horse had disappeared. 
So, if anyone thinks I am willing to put my daughters or any other childs life at risk, think again. I could care less about the money. I let it go. My daughters safety is first and foremost. I have no idea where Carrera is now. Maybe still at Texas A&M but my daughter is not on it's back. 
As an aside, my horses and ponies do not need to be drugged to be body clipped. Experienced grooms know how to work with horses and ponies until they become desensitized to body clipping. There are drugs with short withdrawal times if an animal is being desensitized and you can time body clipping so you do not risk a drug infraction. NOTHING gets injected into my animals without my knowledge and approval and I always ask about the legality of drugs given and withdrawal timeframes. Thats my job as a trainer and I want to know what is going into my animals. 
I take my responsibility to my animals very very personally, including Humble's death. While I did nothing wrong he was my responsibility, relied on me and I wish I could have saved him. Hindsight is 20/20. He looked like the picture of health but his interior showed a different story. He was one of my favorites, a freak of nature, with an amazing personality and I miss him terribly and so do his friends on the Hill. 
As for the other drug infraction listed in April on the USEF website, it disgusts me and the suspension is ludicrous. Meprobamate is used to treat anxiety disorders or for short-term relief of the symptoms of anxiety. Meprobamate is in a class of medications called tranquilizers. THE USEF is a sham. They should ahve thrown the book at this trainer.

This is official notice of actions taken by the United States Equestrian Federation, Inc. Hearing Committee on February 4, 2013.

TANYA LEVORCHICK of San Diego, CA, violated Chapter 4, GR410-411 of this Federation, in connection with the Showpark June Jamboree Festival Horse Show held on May 31-June 3, 2012, in that she, as trainer, exhibited the horse MAIJOR after it had been administered and/or contained in its body carisoprodol and meprobamate. For this violation of the rules, the Hearing Committee members present directed that pursuant to Chapter 7, GR703.1b and GR703.1f, TANYA LEVORCHICK, be found not in good standing, suspended from membership, and forbidden from the privilege of taking any part whatsoever in any Licensed Competition for one month, and is excluded from all competition grounds during Licensed Competitions for that period: (1) as an exhibitor, participant or spectator; (2) from participating in all Federation affairs and activities, (3) from holding or exercising office in the Federation or in any Licensed Competition; and (4) from attending, observing or participating in any event, forum, meeting, program, clinic, task force, or committee of the Federation, sponsored by or conducted by the Federation, or held in connection with the Federation and any of its activities. The one month suspension shall commence on May 1, 2013 and terminate at midnight on May 31, 2013. Any horse or horses owned, leased, or of any partnership, corporation or stable of her, or shown in her name or for her reputation, (whether such interest was held at the time of the alleged violation or acquired thereafter), shall also be suspended,pursuant to Chapter 7, GR703.1c. Furthermore, the Hearing Committee directed that TANYA LEVORCHICK be fined $2,000 pursuant to Chapter 7, GR703.1j. It was further directed that for this violation of the rules, SABRINA PATTISON of Carlsbad, CA, as owner, must return for redistribution all trophies, prizes, ribbons, and monies, if any, won by MAIJOR at said competition, and must pay a $300 fee to the competition in connection with this penalty pursuant to Chapter 4, GR406.15. 

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Another Horse Tests Positive ALMOST A YEAR AGO and is Listed as DECEASED on the USEF Website? Just published in the APRIL 2013 USEF Rule Violations

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WHAT REALLY HAPPENED TO THIS HORSE?

 DAVID RAPOSA of Clinton, NY, violated Chapter 4, GR410-411 of this Federation, in connection with the Old Salem Farm May I Horse Show held on May 8-13, 2012, in that he, as trainer, exhibited the horse BALTIK after it had been administered and/or contained in its body romifidine. For this violation of the rules, the Hearing Committee members present directed that pursuant to Chapter 7, GR703.1b and GR703.1f, DAVID RAPOSA, be found not in good standing, suspended from membership, and forbidden from the privilege of taking any part whatsoever in any Licensed Competition for two months, and is excluded from all competition grounds during Licensed Competitions for that period: (1) as an exhibitor, participant or spectator; (2) from participating in all Federation affairs and activities, (3) from holding or exercising office in the Federation or in any Licensed Competition; and (4) from attending, observing or participating in any event, forum, meeting, program, clinic, task force, or committee of the Federation, sponsored by or conducted by the Federation, or held in connection with the Federation and any of its activities. The two month suspension shall commence on May 1, 2013 and terminate at midnight on June 30, 2013. Any horse or horses owned, leased, or of any partnership, corporation or stable of his, or shown in his name or for his reputation, (whether such interest was held at the time of the alleged violation or acquired thereafter), shall also be suspended, pursuant to Chapter 7, GR703.1c. Furthermore, the Hearing Committee directed that DAVID RAPOSA, be fined $2,000 pursuant to Chapter 7, GR703.1j. It was further directed that for this violation of the rules, REDFIELD FARM, of Califon, NJ, as owner, must return for redistribution all trophies, prizes, ribbons, and monies, if any, won by BALTIK at said competition, and must pay a $300 fee to the competition in connection with this penalty pursuant to Chapter 4, GR406.15.

USEF RECORDING INFORMATION

BALTIK (5226068)
Foal Date: 4/3/2005
Breed: N/A
Color: Chestnut Sex: G
Sire: PALISCO
Dam: BALETKA
Membership Type: DECEASED
REDFIELD FARM
CALIFON, NJ
Owner ID:4006635
RECORDED FARM

Breeder: CERNY MAREK
REDFIELD FARM 
Owners:
SPADONE, EMIL(USEF Active) (USHJA Active)

 

Horse report (below) pulled off of USEF website reveaks the horse never showed after the competition in which it tested positive and the 7 year old horse only went to 4 competitions (if you include Old Salem) in its lifetime. 

 
 
USEF Horse Report


Horse Name: BALTIK (5226068)

Breed: CZECHOSLOVAKIAN WARMBLOOD
Sire Name: PALISCO
Dam Name: BALETKA

REDFIELD FARM
 


Owner Point States: 

State Start Date End Date
NJ 12/01/06 11/30/50



Date Range:  12/1/2008 12:00:00 AM - 11/30/2013 12:00:00 AM 


329253 2012 OCALA PREMIERE
(Owner at the Competition: REDFIELD FARM)
Start Date of Comp: 1/31/2012 State: FL, Zone: 4
  •  MISC. HUNTER (No points earned)
  •  N
CLASS #CLASS DESCRIPTIONHEIGHT# ENTRIESPLACINGNAT PNT
GOOD / BAD
ZRD PNT
GOOD / BAD
HUNTER
MONEY
 RIDER NAME
1 Hi-Low Hunter 3'3" 122 DNP 0.00 / 0.00 0.00 / 0.00 0.00   CONOVER, KATE
        TOTALS: 0.00 / 0.00 0.00 / 0.00 0.00

2358 2012 OCALA MASTERS
(Owner at the Competition: REDFIELD FARM)
Start Date of Comp: 2/21/2012 State: FL, Zone: 4
  •  ADULT AMATEUR HUNTER 18-35 YEARS
  •  C
CLASS #CLASS DESCRIPTIONHEIGHT# ENTRIESPLACINGNAT PNT
GOOD / BAD
ZRD PNT
GOOD / BAD
HUNTER
MONEY
 RIDER NAME
102 Adult Hunter 18-35 FP 3'0" 37 8 0.00 / 0.00 0.00 / 37.50 0.00   AULETTO, JAIME
HORSE NOT RECORDED BY 1ST DAY OF COMPETITION (GR1110.2)
HORSE NOT SHOWN IN HOME ZONE, REGION, DISTRICT (GR1111.6)
103 Adult Hunter 18-35 * 3'0" 36 DNP 0.00 / 0.00 0.00 / 0.00 0.00   AULETTO, JAIME
104 Adult Hunter 18-35 3'0" 25 DNP 0.00 / 0.00 0.00 / 0.00 0.00   AULETTO, JAIME
105 Practical Horseman Adult Hunter 18-35 3'0" 25 1 0.00 / 0.00 0.00 / 47.00 0.00   AULETTO, JAIME
HORSE NOT RECORDED BY 1ST DAY OF COMPETITION (GR1110.2)
HORSE NOT SHOWN IN HOME ZONE, REGION, DISTRICT (GR1111.6)
106 Adult Hunter 18-35 Under Saddle 3'0" 8 DNP 0.00 / 0.00 0.00 / 0.00 0.00   AULETTO, JAIME
        TOTALS: 0.00 / 0.00 0.00 / 84.50 0.00
  •  MISC. HUNTER (No points earned)
  •  N
CLASS #CLASS DESCRIPTIONHEIGHT# ENTRIESPLACINGNAT PNT
GOOD / BAD
ZRD PNT
GOOD / BAD
HUNTER
MONEY
 RIDER NAME
407 $5,000 Devoucoux 3'3 Hunter Prix 3'3" 46 6 0.00 / 350.00 0.00 / 350.00 350.00   AULETTO, JAIME
HORSE NOT RECORDED BY 1ST DAY OF COMPETITION (GR1110.2)
HORSE NOT SHOWN IN HOME ZONE, REGION, DISTRICT (GR1111.6)
        TOTALS: 0.00 / 350.00 0.00 / 350.00 350.00

6488 2012 WEF 11
(Owner at the Competition: REDFIELD FARM)
Start Date of Comp: 3/21/2012 State: FL, Zone: 4
  •  PERFORMANCE WORKING HUNTER - 3'3"
  •  AA
CLASS #CLASS DESCRIPTIONHEIGHT# ENTRIESPLACINGNAT PNT
GOOD / BAD
ZRD PNT
GOOD / BAD
HUNTER
MONEY
 RIDER NAME
2019 $600 Performance Working Hunter 33 3'3" 29 DNP 0.00 / 0.00 0.00 / 0.00 0.00   BALLARD, ERYNN
2020 $800 Performance Working Hunter 33 Stake 3'3" 29 3 0.00 / 49.00 0.00 / 29.00 104.00   BALLARD, ERYNN
HORSE NOT RECORDED BY 1ST DAY OF COMPETITION (GR1110.2)
HORSE NOT SHOWN IN HOME ZONE, REGION, DISTRICT (GR1111.6)
        TOTALS: 0.00 / 49.00 0.00 / 29.00 104.00
  •  CHILDRENS HUNTER-HORSE
  •  C
CLASS #CLASS DESCRIPTIONHEIGHT# ENTRIESPLACINGNAT PNT
GOOD / BAD
ZRD PNT
GOOD / BAD
HUNTER
MONEY
 RIDER NAME
2852 Coldwell Banker Childrens Hunter 14 & Under 3'0" 31 DNP 0.00 / 0.00 0.00 / 0.00 0.00   YZERMAN, MARIA
2853 Coldwell Banker Childrens Hunter 14 & Under 3'0" 31 DNP 0.00 / 0.00 0.00 / 0.00 0.00   YZERMAN, MARIA
2855 Coldwell Banker Childrens Hunter 14 & Under 3'0" 31 DNP 0.00 / 0.00 0.00 / 0.00 0.00   YZERMAN, MARIA
        TOTALS: 0.00 / 0.00 0.00 / 0.00 0.00
  •  CHILDRENS HUNTER-HORSE 14 & UNDER
  •  C
CLASS #CLASS DESCRIPTIONHEIGHT# ENTRIESPLACINGNAT PNT
GOOD / BAD
ZRD PNT
GOOD / BAD
HUNTER
MONEY
 RIDER NAME
2851 Coldwell Banker Childrens Hunter 14 & Under U/S 3'0" 31 2 0.00 / 0.00 0.00 / 37.00 0.00   YZERMAN, MARIA
HORSE NOT RECORDED BY 1ST DAY OF COMPETITION (GR1110.2)
HORSE NOT SHOWN IN HOME ZONE, REGION, DISTRICT (GR1111.6)
2854 Coldwell Banker Childrens Hunter 14 & Under 3'0" 31 5 0.00 / 0.00 0.00 / 33.00 0.00   YZERMAN, MARIA
HORSE NOT RECORDED BY 1ST DAY OF COMPETITION (GR1110.2)
HORSE NOT SHOWN IN HOME ZONE, REGION, DISTRICT (GR1111.6)
        TOTALS: 0.00 / 0.00 0.00 / 70.00 0.00
  •  MISC. HUNTER (No points earned)
  •  N
CLASS #CLASS DESCRIPTIONHEIGHT# ENTRIESPLACINGNAT PNT
GOOD / BAD
ZRD PNT
GOOD / BAD
HUNTER
MONEY
 RIDER NAME
3013 Perfect Products Equitation 12-14 29 2'9" 26 6 0.00 / 0.00 0.00 / 0.00 0.00   YZERMAN, MARIA
3014 Perfect Products Equitation 12-14 29 2'9" 26 DNP 0.00 / 0.00 0.00 / 0.00 0.00   YZERMAN, MARIA
3080 THIS Childrens Medal 14 & Under   39 DNP 0.00 / 0.00 0.00 / 0.00 0.00   YZERMAN, MARIA
        TOTALS: 0.00 / 0.00 0.00 / 0.00 0.00

REPORT TOTALS

 NAT PNT
GOOD / BAD
ZRD PNT
GOOD / BAD
HUNTER
MONEY
MISC. HUNTER (No points earned) 0.00 / 350.00 0.00 / 350.00 350.00
ADULT AMATEUR HUNTER 18-35 YEARS 0.00 / 0.00 0.00 / 84.50 0.00
PERFORMANCE WORKING HUNTER - 3'3" 0.00 / 49.00 0.00 / 29.00 104.00
CHILDRENS HUNTER-HORSE 0.00 / 0.00 0.00 / 0.00 0.00
CHILDRENS HUNTER-HORSE 14 & UNDER 0.00 / 0.00 0.00 / 70.00 0.00

Print out on 5/11/2013 7:24:54 AM
* - Hunter Classic, ZRD - Zone/Region/District
** - USHJA Stirrup Cup Award Bad Point Reason Only
† Hunter Money does not count toward standings
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