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New Zealand equestrian Paget faces doping ban

November 26, 2013

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Leading New Zealand rider Jock Paget is facing a ban from equestrian competition after the horse on which he won the Badminton and Burghley trials tested positive for a banned sedative.

Equestrian Sport New Zealand on Wednesday said it had been informed by the sport’s international governing body, the FEI, that a B-sample taken from the horse Clifton Promise after the Burghley competition had tested positive for the sedative reserpine.

The 29-year-old Paget, an Olympic bronze medalist, has been suspended from competition since tests last month on the A-sample showed irregularities.

Paget now has three weeks to prepare a case against suspension which must be presented to an FEI tribunal.

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