Human Anti-Doping

Horse Sport Ireland believes that doping is contrary to the spirit of sport and every member has a duty to ensure that Equestrian Sport is free of doping. In conjunction with Sport Ireland (Formally The Irish Sports Council) and their policy to cooperate with the international anti-doping campaign administered by the World Anti-Doping Association (WADA), Horse Sport Ireland engage in the anti-doping programme for humans.

The information that follows highlights key areas with regard to anti-doping. Horse Sport Ireland advises all members to read and understand the anti-doping Rules and to understand their responsibilities under the rules. The consequences of not adhering to Anti-Doping Rules can be severe for Athletes and their support personnel such as grooms; therefore it is critical that any questions/concerns be clarified with either Horse Sport Ireland or Sport Ireland.

Any registered Athlete of any discipline of an Affiliate of Horse Sport Ireland,  can be subject to Anti-Doping testing in accordance with the General Rules of Horse Sport Ireland.

Sport Ireland Anti-Doping Rules

There were several changes to the Irish Anti-Doping rules which came into effect on 1 January 2015. The main changes for Athletes to note are in relation to sanctions and risk of supplements. The use of serious doping substances for example steroids, growth hormone, EPO and various calculated doping methods for example blood transfusions can be sanctioned with four year bans. Refusing to provide or evading sample collection will now be sanctioned with bans up to four years. The issue of contaminated supplements has been acknowledged by the latest version of the Anti-Doping Rules. If an Athlete can establish ‘no significant fault or negligence’ then the sanction can range from a reprimand to a maximum of two years. This concept is explained in more detail in the ‘Risk minimisation’ section.

The most up to date version of the Sport Ireland Anti-Doping Rules that are adopted and implemented by Horse Sport Ireland are available to view/download below:

WADA Prohibited List

The WADA Prohibited List is an International Standard issued annually by WADA that identifies classes of substances and methods that are prohibited in-competition, out-of-competition, and in particular sports. Substances and methods are classified by categories (e.g., steroids, stimulants, gene doping). It is important that an athlete, their parents, coaches and doctors are familiar with the Prohibited List.  The prohibited list is updated by WADA annually and is available to view/download below:

NOTE: To view the changes made in the 2018 Prohibited List as compared to the 2017 version, please see the 2018 Summary of Major Modifications and Explanatory Notes.

Med – Checker App

It is important that an athlete, their parents, coaches and doctors are familiar with the Prohibited List as above. Athletes can check their prescribed and over-the-counter medications on databases. Horse Sport Ireland recommend that all Athletes and support personnel download the ‘Medication Checker’ Smartphone App available for iPhone and Android for Eirpharm – find it in the Apple iTunes Store or the Google Play Store.

Medication Checker links to the Drugs in Sport Database on

Educational Resources

Sport Ireland E-Learning Course

Sport Ireland have a #cleangreensport E-Learning Course specifically for Anti-Doping Education. This course has been developed by Sport Ireland and covers key topics in anti-doping.

At the very end a certificate of completion will generate, which all athletes and coaches are encouraged to save for their own records. To complete this e-learning course please click below:

WADA True Quiz

WADA’s Play True Quiz is an interactive computer game that tests athletes’ knowledge about anti-doping.   The Quiz is used by WADA in their Outreach Programme at major events including the Olympics, Paralympics and many world championships.  Test your knowledge of anti-doping by taking the Play True Quiz.

Additional Resources

The Testing Method – Video Information 

Testing of Athletes can occur In-Competition or Out of Competition. Below are two videos to help Athletes understand what happens during the testing process.