Irish show jumper Jessica Kurten has been banned from competing for two months for committing a “doping offence”.
The immediate suspension by the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), follows the discovery of a prohibited substance, etoricoxib, in her horse’s system during a competition in France last May.
Last May, Jessica Kurten and Castle Forbes Maike won €22,000 (£15,400) at the CSIO 5* in La Baule, France.
Afterwards, Castle Forbes Maike was selected for a random dope test, and the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug etoricoxib, was found in the horse’s system.
Today, the FEI announced that the rider has infringed anti-doping rules, and will be suspended from competition immediately. Her suspension will last two months — a critical time for selection in the run up to this summer’s Olympic Games in Hong Kong.
Jessica will also forfeit the prize-money and placing at the show, and fined 3,750 Swiss Francs (about £1,800).