Timmy Clark on Flying Sunbeam, one of the alleged doping victims. The pony, which was said to be hanging its head and unsteady on its feet, was given a blood test (Jersey Evening Post)
You have to wonder what goes through some people’s minds–think how dangerous this could have been for the children and their ponies.
ONE of the most prestigious events in the Jersey showjumping calendar has been cancelled after the mother of a young competitor was accused of feeding sedatives to ponies belonging to her son’s rivals.
Police were called in after the woman was spotted giving what appeared to be white mints to five ponies waiting in the paddock on Saturday shortly before the Junior Showjumper of the Year contest.
The witness told officials that she went to investigate after seeing the woman try to kick a “sweet” into the dirt when one fell from a pony’s mouth.
She claims that what she found was not a mint but a powerful animal sedative called ACP or acetylpromazine.
Officials from the British Show Jumping Association were alerted and immediately cancelled the junior event in St Lawrence, Jersey, which was open to boys and girls under 16.
Blood samples were taken from the ponies and sent for analysis to the official vet for the States of Jersey.
Tess Phillips, a riding instructor whose grandson Tim Clark’s pony, Flying Sunbeam, was one of the alleged victims, said: “Timmy’s pony was hanging his head and was suddenly very unsteady on his feet. He almost fell over as we tried to guide him into the trailer.
“If it hadn’t been for the halter rope holding him up in there, Flying Sunbeam would have fallen down. We were very worried about him and I called the vet right away, who took a blood sample. We are still awaiting the results.”
The woman accused of administering the sedatives denies the allegations. She is a well-known figure in eventing, both in Jersey and the rest of Britain.
The prize money for the event was about £20. The prestige of winning is seen as the real prize.
Another local rider said: “A groggy horse could easily have fallen and caused itself injury — not to mention harmed the children.”
Jersey police confirmed that a woman was due to be questioned over allegations of horse doping. A spokeswoman said: “Blood samples have gone to our state laboratories and they are still being analysed.
“We have got someone coming into the station to be interviewed soon, but that person is coming purely voluntarily at this stage. No arrest or charges have been made.”
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