It's vital if you are competing at a national or international level you understand the rules and guidance surrounding anti-doping – both for humans and equines.
Clean Sport is an anti-doping programme to protect fair play of the sport as well as the health and welfare of the human and equine athlete. Horses, riders, grooms, owners, stable managers, trainers, therapist and vets can be affected.
Testing can be done at competitions of any level and no one is exempt. Equine anti-doping and controlled medication rules apply to all equines athletes at all levels; from grass roots to the highest level.
Competing Nationally and Internationally
If you are competing at national or international levels you need to ensure you understand all of the anti-doping rules and advice for both humans and equines:
- Competing Nationally: you need to ensure you abide by the BEF's equine anti-doping and controlled medication rules (BEFAR) and the BEF rulebook
- Competing Internationally: consult the FEI anti-doping regulations, including the FEI Prohibited Substances List
Report doping in sport
UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) is an active participant in the global fight against doping in sport - and is the national body responsible for creating a UK-wide environment of confidence in clean sport. Whether that is in competition, training or spectating, they are working for everyone who loves sport. In the UK, they make sure sports bodies comply with the World Anti-Doping Code through implementation and management of the UK’s National Anti-Doping Policy.
The UKAD's Intelligence team rely on intelligence they receive from people within the sport witnessing anti-doping rules being broken, for more information on how report a concern regarding doping, contact UKAD:
Global Drug Reference Online
The Global Drug Reference Online (Global DRO) provides athletes and support personnel with information about the prohibited status of specific medications based on the current World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List.
The World Anti-Doping Code
The World Anti-Doping Code is the core document that harmonizes anti-doping policies, rules and regulations within sport organizations and among public authorities around the world. It works in conjunction with eight International Standards which aim to foster consistency among anti-doping organizations in various areas. Here you can find a list of prohibited substances - which substances and methods are prohibited at all times, in-competition only, and within specific sports.
The 2023 Prohibited List for the human athlete has now been released by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and it will come into effect on 1st January 2023. While no major changes have been made, further examples of prohibited substances have been added to various categories of the 2023 Prohibited List.
WADA’s 2023 Monitoring Program lists substances which are not on the Prohibited List but are currently being monitored for potential misuse.
FEI Clean Sport
Whatever your role is in the equestrian world, you know that it must go hand in hand with knowledge of the rules and regulations that govern our sport. They exist to protect the health of our athletes – equine and human – as well as the integrity of our sport.
British Equestrian Anti-Doping
Our national equine anti-doping programme seeks to protect the welfare of horses and riders competing in our sport. It's also intended to maintain the integrity of our sport by protecting the right of all athletes to participate in fair competition on a level playing field.