Banned Burghley winner Jock Paget cleared of doping charge


Jonathan "Jock" Paget riding Clifton Promise to victory on the showjumping at Burghley Horse Trials 2013. Photo by Trevor Meeks

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The winner of last year’s Burghley Horse Trials who was disqualified for the use of a banned substance has been cleared of wrongdoing.

New Zealand eventer Jock Paget was stripped of his 2013 crown after his horse Clifton Promise tested positive for the banned substance reserpine.

The Olympic bronze medallist was determined to clear his name and took his case to the sport’s governing body, the Fédération Equestre Internationale.

And after a 10-month tribunal the Federation found Mr Paget had “no fault or negligence for the administration” of reserpine.

The ruling said the positive test was caused by a contaminated medication known as LesstressE, and the rider could not be blamed.

Speaking to Horse & Country, Mr Paget said: “I knew that clearing my name was a big task, but I also knew that as long as we could trace the drug and find evidence scientifically, we would be able to prove I didn’t cheat and that it wasn’t intentional.”

Although Mr Paget has been cleared of any wrongdoing, his Burghley disqualification still stands.

The eventer won a bronze medal for New Zealand as part of the eventing team at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

This year’s Burghley Horse Trials will take place from September 4 to 7. For information and tickets visit

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