AERA Announcement


The Australian Endurance Riders Association (AERA) is disappointed to announce an adverse analytical finding involving prohibited substances at the Wingello Ride on 27/05/2017.

A horse tested positive to the prohibited substances, Theobromine, Paraxanthine, Caffeine and Theophylline. All substances are listed as “specified substances” under the FEI’s Equine Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Rules (EADCMR) as adopted by AERA.  It is noted that Paraxanthine was listed as a banned substance at the time of this incident, but the substance had been recategorized as a controlled medication by FEI to be implemented as of 1 January 2018. This was considered in the management of this incident.

“Specified substances should not in any way be considered less important or less dangerous than other prohibited substances. Rather, they are simply substances which are more likely to be ingested by horses for a purpose other than the enhancement of sport performance, for example, through a contaminated food substance”.

The AERA rules required the disciplinary process to be managed by the State Division of each member involved and in this instance 2 persons have been identified in association with the horse and are members of the NSWERA.

The horse, Taeaura Shayarnah, and rider, April Newman, have been disqualified from the ride, as per EADCM  Rule 26. April Newman and John Dawson, as  responsible person, received penalties in accordance with the AERA/EADCM Rules, by the imposition of fines.

Both Ms Newman and Mr Dawson were found by the hearing panel to be at no significant fault or negligence under as per EADCM Rule 27.

The process in accordance with clause 25.3 of the EACDM rules has been finalized.

AERA would again remind all persons involved in the sport of endurance to be aware of the inherent risks in using unregistered products for horses in competition.