BEFAR - National Anti-doping
The British Equestrian Federation have a set of
National Equine Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication rules (BEFAR). The rules, which closely mirror the FEI Regulations, affect all BEF Member
Bodies in FEI disciplines and are incorporated into their rules.
The system provides for an increasing number of anti-doping tests across
the disciplines and all affiliated members should expect their horse to be tested, whether they are competing at
grassroots level or at a National Championship.
Failure to comply will incur significant penalties !
The Equine Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Rules for international
competitors remain unchanged. Now that the FEI disciplines have introduced these rules, the prohibited substances,
procedures and sanctions will be the same, whatever the discipline someone is competing in. It is important to note that
this system, in line with the FEI, adopts their prohibited substances list in its entirety, including a ban on
Non-Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs). Under the National system, these are classed as Controlled Medications,
which, if found in a horse's sample during competition, will result in a violation. BEFAR is supported and funded by all
BEF Member Bodies and UK Anti-Doping (UKAD).
National Equine Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication
The National system, is a requirement of our affiliation to the FEI, will
apply to all affiliated members of British Carriagedriving at every level. The system closely mirrors the FEI system and
should be relatively familiar to internationally registered members. However, those who do not compete internationally
need to take on board the concepts.
What you need to know
Under the BEF Equine Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Rules (“BEFAR”),
Doping (which falls under the World Anti-Doping Code in the same way as doping in humans) is separated out from
medication control (which is there for welfare reasons). All substances on the Prohibited List are known as “Prohibited
Substances” but this is sub-divided into two substance groups:
Commonly used Controlled Medications substances
Non-Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs); Phenylbutazone (Bute)
and Flunixin (Finadyne)
Sedatives; Acepromazine (ACP) and Detomidine.
Corticosteroids; Dexamethasone, Triamcinolone Acetonide
Colic Treatments; Buscopan
Local anaesthetics; Lidocaine and Mepivacaine
Respiratory therapies; Clenbuterol (Ventipulmin) and Dembrexine (Sputolysin)