Best American racer Andrew Kosher He was put on hold after publishing an illustrated evidence that he used an electric spurs. An FEI court has now ruled that he will be suspended for ten years and that he will be retroactively excluded from the 2018-2019 competitions.
The suspension is valid until October 27, 2030.
Commentary is extensive – Andrew Kocher is not permitted to participate in or attend any competition organized by the International Equestrian Federation or any National Equestrian Federation, not even as a bystander.
He must also pay 10,000 Swiss francs (about 100,000 Swedish kronor) in fines, plus the case costs of 7,500 Swiss francs (about 75,000 SEK).
The judgment can be appealed to the highest sports court, the CAS, the Arbitration Sport Court, within 21 days.
The verdict meant that Kocher was disqualified from all results achieved in the competitions as the FEI court was able to capture video evidence that the contestant used an electric spurs. This applies to the following eight competitions: CSI4 * Hickstead, UK, June 21-24, 2018; CSI3 * Lexington, USA, May 14-18, 2019; CSI2 * Lexington, USA, May 22-26, 2019); CSI5 * Calgary, Canada, June 5-9, 2019; CSI5 * Calgary, Canada, 27-39 June 2019; CSI3 * Traverse City, USA, 7-11 August 2019; CSI3 * -W Columbus, USA, October 2-6, 2019; And CSI4 * -W Toronto, Canada, November 5-9, 2019.
The entire decision will be posted at FEI side of the court’s decision.