The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials has received notification that Clifton Promise, the horse ridden by New Zealand rider Jonathan Paget to first place at Burghley on Sunday September 8th, and Clifton Pinot, 14th in the competition with Australian rider Kevin McNab, have both tested positive for a prohibited substance.

Clifton Promise and Clifton Pinot were routinely tested as part of the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) strict Clean Sport Programme and produced positive A sample findings for the substance Reserpine.

In accordance with FEI regulations, as the 'Persons Responsible', both Paget and McNab are provisionally suspended from any national or international competition with immediate effect, pending the testing of the B samples and any subsequent hearings. Clifton Promise and Clifton Pinot are provisionally suspended for two months pending the B samples and any subsequent hearings.

Event Director, Elizabeth Inman has been given the following statement by British Eventing and the British Equestrian Federation, which she fully supports:

"We are very surprised to hear this. We do not feel that it is appropriate to comment any further since this is an on-going process that the FEI has to work through.

"British Eventing and the British Equestrian Federation fully support the FEI Clean Sport Policy and together go to great lengths to educate riders and their staff to ensure they are fully aware of the regulations and comply at all times with the domestic and international rules regarding prohibited substances."

(Source: burghley-horse.co.uk)