Abbi Jackson from Potton, Bedfordshire has been disqualified from Horse of the Year Show 2017. This disqualification will see her lose the Senior Bronze League Championship title which she won with the 13 year-old bay gelding Christopher Robin IV. This action is a result of Christopher Robin IV testing positively for the prohibited substances Phenylbutazone and Oxyphenbutazone from samples obtained at the event.
Due to Abbi being aged 17 years at the time, the responsibility fell to her mother Mrs Vikki Jackson who accepted the administrative sanctions on the 16th January 2018. As a result Abbi will forfeit all prizes and prize money won at the event, incur a fine of £500 and costs of £750.
The title will now be awarded to Angela Mills from Haswell, County Durham with who took 2nd place on the day with her 14 year-old bay gelding Quids In II and all subsequent placings will be now move up one place.
British Showjumping would like to stress that there is a zero tolerance for members who choose to compete ignoring the prohibited substances list. Equine welfare is of paramount importance to the Association as is ensuring best chance of fair competition and the opportunity for Championship winners to enjoy their triumph on the day rather than respectively in this way.