Horse trainer pleads to importing charge
A Cambridge horse trainer is facing charges relating to importing banned substances.
Nicola Ann Chilcott, 41, this morning pleaded guilty to one charge but denies seven other charges after appearing in the Hamilton District Court.
The harness racing trainer, plead guilty to one charge of knowingly attempting to import agricultural compounds - amino forte and amino lite - at Christchurch on March 4, 2012 - in contravention to the Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines Act 1997.
She pleaded not guilty to two other charges of attempting to import the compounds and five charges of breaching the Act.
In front of Community Magistrate Kathryn Wilson, Chilcott's lawyer Warren Scotter wanted to clarify, the amino substances she admitted bringing in to the country from Australia were the equivalent of an "animal type of lucozade that is available in the equine industry in Australia".
Mr Scotter said Chilcott bought the substance in for a friend but she does use the New Zealand equivalent of the product herself.
Outside court, Chilcott said she would never use any illegal substances on her horses.
"Hopefully (these charges) will be cleared up and die an ugly death."
Chilcott was remanded on bail to reappear for a status hearing and sentencing on February 1.
Some of the substances Chilcott allegedly tried to import include: red acid, oral pain peptide, caco iron copper, new cells Canadian blood builder, blast off, blast of red and tridenose.