Following years of controversy over horse abuse and high levels of drugging, the FEI is finally disconnected from the sport of reining.
Insiders at the FEI and connections say that they have been working to find a way to disconnect from the NRHA reiners without bringing a further spotlight on the abuse and drugging and creating further shame on FEI events.
In this latest move, the FEI has terminated their agreement with both the NRHA and AQHA. The FEI issued a statement Tuesday highlighting its position on three provisions of the agreement – classes for horses age 7 and older, stewarding requirements and medication regulations. Drug report from FEI Nov 18
The reining horse industry, although promoting they are growing, and its passion for horses has an ever-growing record of abuse and shows little evidence of a desire to improve it. The public is becoming more aware of the abuse applied to the training of these horses and is not accepting it.
Everyone remembers the vile video and images of Craig Schmerscal and Martin Muehlstaetter at FEI in Europe where people saw firsthand the degree of abuse these horses suffer. The domination and spurring make people’s skin crawl.
The daughter of a board member Roseanne Sternberg, riding Shiners Chic tested positive for the banned steroid stanozololfailing and was suspended. It is reported in some media that over the period of the agreement, the NRHA has the highest positive drug test results of all FEI sports.
Maybe this is the bell tolling on yet another chapter of reining slowly imploding as the general public step away and those with a conscious toward horse welfare cease membership and involvement.
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