We've had a lot of questions about the USEF ruling on CBD and who it affects. This ONLY affects shows that are goverened by USEF rules. The breeds that are not member organizations of the USEF(AQHA, Paint, etc.) use different rules and CBD is not a banned subsance. CBD is not a tranquilizer or sedative.
Always check your prize lists to make sure that none of the divisions you are showing in fall under USEF rules.
As we have been expecting, USEF has finally announced that CBD will no longer be legal starting September 1, 2019. After many conversations with the various veterinarians connected with USEF, the overriding feeling seems to be that using CBD for horses that have situational stress at horse shows should not be allowed to be given any product that helps alleviate that stress in the animal, even if it does not cause any tranquilization or sedation. We will continue to post more information about CBD and why we feel that the USEF simply is uneducated about the product and how it actually works in the body through the endocannabinoid system.
Interestingly enough: The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) was established in 1999 as an international independent agency composed and funded equally by the sport movement and governments of the world. Its key activities include scientific research, education, development of anti-doping capacities, and monitoring of the World Anti-Doping Code (Code) – the document harmonizing anti-doping policies in all sports and all countries, state the following:
Cannabidiol is no longer prohibited as of January 1, 2018.
So while human athletes are moving forward and being allowed to use substances such as CBD our equine partners do not have the same choices. I could go on for hours on this topic but would love to hear your thoughts.
Also-this does not apply for any horses that are not showing in USEF member shows.