Racehorse DopingRandom doping tests in the UK for equestrian horses being officially measured

June 1, 2020

From January 1 2018, the Joint Measurement Board (the UK authority that measures horses and ponies for competition classification) will perform random doping tests for any horse being officially measured. This includes all annual and full measurements. Up until now, samples were taken only if authorities felt it necessary but now all horses and ponies will be subject to random doping tests as the Joint Measurement Board aims to deter the temptation of doping and to provide a “level playing field to all competitors across all disciplines which use height as a competition classification”.

The tests are completed on body fluid, usually blood.