Rider suspended

Endurance rider Christine Yeoman from Downhead, near Shepton Mallet, has been suspended by the FEI, the international governing body for equestrian sports, following a positive dope test on her horse, Forrest, at the Euston Park ride fixture.

This suspension meant that Mrs Yeoman could not compete for GB at the European Championships held in Assisi, Italy last month.

Mrs Yeoman, wife of Endurance GB chairman, John Yeoman, is currently taking legal advice.

Mrs Jo Claridge, vice chairman of EGB, said team members had been “devastated” by the news.

Mrs Yeoman’s horse tested positive for ractopamine — a feed supplement commonly given to pigs to promote muscle growth.

Mrs Yeoman has competed for Team GB since 2006.

In a statement, Mrs Yeoman said she was “devastated” by the suspension.

“I can only say I am trying to find out how this substance was found in my horse. I will do everything in my power to clear my name.”