Kiwi Jock Paget has equestrian suspension lifted

Last updated 09:18 07/06/2014
Jock Paget and Clifton Promise
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FREE TO RIDE: Jock Paget can again ride competitively in equestrian after the FEI lifted its suspension for alleged doping of horse Clifton Promise [pictured].

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New Zealand eventer Jock Paget is temporarily clear to return to the competitive arena after equestrian's world governing body, the FEI, lifted his provisional suspension pending the release of a tribunal ruling.

Earlier this week, Paget faced the tribunal in London to explain how his horse Clifton Promise failed an equine anti-doping test in 2013.

In its ruling, which solely related to the provisional suspension Paget has served since notification of the positive A sample on October 14, 2013, the tribunal stated that it was "satisfied on a balance of probabilities, that the PR [Person Responsible, Paget] has demonstrated that he bore No Fault or Negligence for the EAD Rule violation".

Equestrian Sports New Zealand chief executive Jim Ellis welcomed the ruling, but cautioned that it related solely to Paget's provisional suspension.

"This is an encouraging step but it is important to wait for the tribunal's full ruling."

He also reaffirmed ESNZ's ongoing and active support of FEI Clean Sport and WADA anti-doping programmes.

Clifton Promise returned a positive test for the banned substance reserpine after winning the Burghley International Horse Trials in September. A subsequent B sample confirmed the positive analysis.

The lifting of Paget's provisional suspension from FEI competition took effect immediately, and as a result, his suspension from all ESNZ activities, which had run concurrently, has also been lifted, pending the release of the tribunal's full ruling.

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