On 22nd October 2019 at a hearing before the BSHA’s independent Disciplinary Tribunal, Mr Peter Hodgkinson was suspended for three months, fined £500 and ordered to contribute £2000 towards the BSHA’s costs, following a finding by the Disciplinary Tribunal that Mr Hodgkinson had allowed or caused to be administered to a horse, bromide which is a prohibited substance.
This finding comes following an extensive investigation by the BSHA and represents the first known case being brought by an equine sport regulator following a positive for bromide.
Nigel Hollings, Chair of the BSHA said following the Tribunals decision;
“This case represents an important moment for our sport and re-enforces the commitment of all of us to ensure that our sport puts the welfare of the horses first. The Association, through the commitment in particular of Nick Thompson, has worked hard to ensure the challenges of protecting our sport in terms of anti-doping are being met. The case took many months work to investigate and to bring before the Disciplinary Tribunal. We are grateful to Rory Mac Neice and Charlie Davies of Ashfords Solicitors, for their assistance with that investigation and for representing the Association at the hearing before the Tribunal.
The Association was not deterred from bringing this case, the first for a bromide positive, and it underlines our commitment to be at the forefront of equine anti-doping. It simply reflects the will of the vast majority of our members, to eradicate doping in our sport. To that end, the Association will shortly begin a full review of the anti-doping provisions in the Rules.
The Association was disappointed with the level of penalty that was imposed in this case, penalty being a matter for the Tribunal, and we will be looking carefully at the sanctions and penalties that the independent Disciplinary Tribunal will be asked to work to in future cases.”
For a copy of the Disciplinary Committee Summary, please click below:
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