A jumping owners’ decision to secretly give their stallion steroids in hope of improving semen quality has resulted in their unwitting rider being suspended for a year.The FEI accepted that Brazil’s Jefferson Martins Maquieira could not have known about the owners’ intentions, and so bore “no significant fault or negligence.” But under the strict liability principle he is still accountable. He accepted a one-year suspension and 1,500 Swiss franc fine, in a negotiated settlement ratified by the FEI Tribunal.Maquieira’s ride Gucci tested positive to Boldenone and Boldienone at the CSI2* in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico from October 3-6 2019. Boldienone and Boldenone are banned anabolic steroids with anabolic effects to increase muscle mass and modify behaviour.The rider was “very surprised”, and immediately investigated. He found that Boldenone was contained in Equi-gan and injected without his knowledge or consent “at least on two occasions” including September 4 and 22 2019, by Gucci’s owners and the driver. They thought Equigan would improve Gucci’s semen quality, as he had reproductivity issues.Equigan’s active substance is Boldenone undecylenate. The FEI said it is well-established that Boldenone can be detected long after administration, having a biological half-life of 14 days.The standard tariff for a banned substances offence is a two-year suspension. In settling on one year the FEI took into consideration the “great efforts” put in place by the rider in applying a rigid and strict anti-doping protocol at his barn, which the owners had signed up to in January 2019; and that he had been “upfront, clear and adamant as from the beginning.”Click here to read the full FEI Tribunal decision. Email* Tags: FEI, show jumping, steroids, Jefferson Martins Maquieira, Gucci, Boldenone, Boldienone, Equigan, Horse Sport Enews More from News:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes. We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! SIGN UP
Picking the freshest tree Look for trees displayed in the shade or under a tent and in tree stands with water in them. The sun and wind pull water out of the tree, so good growers will keep their trees out of the sun. To find the perfect tree, look for one with uniform distribution of branches and no holes in the needle canopy. Also make sure it smells fresh. “The more water stress the tree is under, the less fragrance it emits,” Gardner said. “Fresh trees smell better.” Test freshness by gently pulling several of the branch ends through your hand to see how many needles fall off. “Don’t try to strip the needles off the branch,” said Gardner. “Stroke it as if it were a cat’s tail — a cat you like. All cut trees will lose some needles, but the fewer the better.” From the farm Although there is little difference between buying a tree from a local tree farm or from a commercial retailer, buying from a farm is great for making family memories and helps keep local farmers in business, Gardner said. “Loading everybody into the truck to pick out a tree at a farm is a fun day itself,” Gardner said, “and the more family members involved in picking out the tree, the more eyes there are making sure the tree stays watered.” Many Georgia tree farms also hold family events and offer refreshments during farm visits. “Buying local helps keep your friendly neighborhood Christmas tree grower in business and keeps good farmland in production,” Gardner said. “Buying from a local tree farm is definitely the ‘green’ thing to do.” Taking it home To get your Christmas tree home safely, have the seller tie it up and put the tree inside your vehicle if possible. If you put the tree on your vehicle rooftop, bring a few large plastic bags and put the tree in the bags stump end first. Then face the stump end forward on your rooftop. This will reduce wind blow-drying effects and water loss. Many sellers will offer to trim off the stump end of the tree, Gardner said. Instead, wait until you get home to do so. At home, trim low limbs and cut the tree stump at an angle with a sharp saw. Gardner advises running water over the stump while cutting it. “While making the cut, have a helper hold a running hose over the cut so you are virtually making the cut under water. This is the difference between a tree that lasts two weeks and a tree that lasts two months,” Gardner said. Then, quickly move the tree into your house and into its stand. Immediately add water until the tree stand is about two-thirds full. Then secure the tree into the stand. After your tree is in place, keep it watered. Be sure the trunk’s cut surface is never exposed to the air. “A new tree may surprise you at how much water it will suck up and how quickly it will do it,” Gardner said. “A 10-foot tree can use over a quart of water in the first three hours.” Water your tree at least three times a day during the first few days and twice a day thereafter. By Allie ByrdUniversity of Georgia Charlie Brown trees and brown needles don’t have to haunt you this holiday season. With the help of a few tips and tricks from the University of Georgia, your Christmas tree will be fresh long after the celebrating is over. Before picking out a tree, decide the size, species and how much you want to spend. Then, select a fresh tree that has been properly maintained and cared for while still on the lot. “Taking really good care of a tree at home after you purchase it does not reverse the abuse it can get waiting on the lot,” said Don Gardner, the UGA Cooperative Extension coordinator in Glynn County.
Dec 2, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Romania has reported three new outbreaks of avian influenza this week, while a mild strain of avian flu has surfaced in North Carolina turkeys, according to news services.Dozens of chickens were found dead in the southeastern Romanian villages of Bumbacari and Dudescu, which lie outside the Danube River delta, according to Agence France-Presse and Bloomberg News reports. The viral strain was not listed.In addition, an H5 virus was found in live and dead hens in the Danube delta village of Periprava, according to Bloomberg. The story said health workers plan to kill almost 9,500 birds in the three villages, which have been quarantined.An agriculture official said samples from the infected birds would be sent to England for testing for H5N1 viruses, according to the report.H5N1 avian flu surfaced in Romania in early October. Most outbreaks so far have been in the Danube delta, whose wetlands are home to many wild birds.Turkeys on a farm in eastern North Carolina tested positive for a low-pathogenic H3N2 strain of avian flu, according to a Reuters report published by MSNBC today.The US Department of Agriculture said the low-pathogenic avian flu has been found elsewhere in the United States this year, according to the story. It is not a threat to humans.Poultry exports from Sampson County, where the affected farm lies, and neighboring counties were suspended for 30 days as of Nov 29, the report said.In Ethiopia, officials were testing pigeons for avian flu after hundreds of the birds died near the capital, Addis Ababa, and in an eastern Somali region, according to a BBC News report.No avian flu cases have been found in Africa, but there is concern that migratory birds from Europe will carry the disease there this winter.
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – IMCA drivers in four divisions winning track championships with built engines this season will be recognized with awards from EngineQuest.The Las Vegas, Nev., cylinder head and engine component manufacturer gives $50 product certificates to IMCA Sunoco Stock Car, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod and Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMod drivers winning track titles with built engines under the hood in 2017.Drivers in the same divisions competing with EQ cylinder heads and winning two or more track championships earn $200 in cash.A 12-year IMCA sponsor, EQ has become synonymous with the Stock Car division and rightly so, returning as title sponsor for both Northern and Southern regions in 2017 and providing a portion of $3,750 point funds to be paid to top 10 drivers in each region.The Northern Region includes tracks in eastern Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Saskatchewan, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Wyoming while the Southern Region is comprised of tracks in Arizona, California, western Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.Drivers must display two EngineQuest decals on their race car to be eligible.Both regional champions earn $1,500 shares of the respective point funds, which will be distributed during the national awards banquet in November or mailed from the IMCA home office beginning the following week.EQ gives a set of cylinder heads to the national Stock Car champion and to the Hobby Stock, Northern SportMod and Southern SportMod drivers finishing highest in national standings and competing with EQ heads.Also receiving sets of EQ-manufactured cylinder heads are highest finishing Mopar engine drivers in the Stock, Hobby and both SportMod divisions.“We’ve had not only a large number of track and state champions with EQ-powered engines, but over the course of the past 12 seasons we have yet to have a national championship class without EQ cylinder heads under the hood,” noted IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “That speaks volumes to the quality product they develop for IMCA racers and the level at which they race, and I expect more of the same in 2017.”More information about EQ-manufactured cylinder heads is available on Facebook and at the www.enginequest.com website.“EQ has several new projects ready for release in 2017 including a new Vortec-style cast iron head. Each project has our performance racing customers in mind,” said EngineQuest National Sales Director Eric Haugland. “We have been proud to be a 12-year partner with IMCA. The claimer classes have been very exciting to work with and our successes have been hard earned and rewarding. We wish all IMCA racers a safe and successful 2017.”
As the Dodgers head toward the first workout of spring training on Feb. 14, we are providing breakdowns of how they stand with their roster by position groups. This week, the starting rotation:2017 RECAPFor the second season in a row, the Dodgers lost their ace, Clayton Kershaw, to a back injury that sidelined him for weeks. And, for the second season in a row, it didn’t really matter. Buoyed by the midseason addition of Yu Darvish, the Dodgers’ uncommon depth allowed them to absorb the loss of top prospect Julio Urias to shoulder surgery as well and still finish with the lowest rotation ERA (3.39) in the majors.HOW IT LOOKS RIGHT NOWThough he remains unsigned, Darvish won’t be back – he is too expensive for the Dodgers’ prime directive (get the payroll under the luxury tax threshold). But the rotation remains fully stocked with Kershaw, Rich Hill, Alex Wood, Kenta Maeda and Hyun-Jin Ryu all back. Young arms Walker Buehler, Brock Stewart and Dennis Santana represent the depth with Tom Koehler and Ross Stripling (ticketed for the bullpen now) as starting options if the Dodgers get needy.THE NEXT LAYERFor the second year in a row, the Dodgers anticipate integrating one of the top pitching prospects in baseball into their rotation. It didn’t go very well last year – Urias struggled until undergoing shoulder surgery which will sideline him until (optimistically) the second half of the 2018 season. This year’s model is Buehler. The 23-year-old right-hander got a taste of the big leagues as a September call-up, making eight appearances out of the bullpen. He figures to be in the Dodgers’ rotation at some point in 2018, but the Dodgers will handle him with care – he had Tommy John surgery shortly after being taken in the first round of the 2015 draft and has yet to throw 100 innings in a season as a professional. MOVES THEY COULD MAKENowhere is the Dodgers’ new-age approach to roster building and management more apparent than in their handling of starting pitchers. Twice through the opposing lineup was often all they asked of their starters. The 10-day DL was used as a rest stop, allowing the Dodgers to stretch the boundaries of a five-man rotation – 115 of their regular-season games were started by pitchers on more than the standard four days’ rest. Depth is required to make that work. Don’t be surprised if the Dodgers dip into baseball’s bargain bin before spring training to add some more experienced depth than Buehler, Stewart and Santana. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error