Andrew Kocher suspended for ten years

The FEI Tribunal has suspended Andrew Kocher for ten years for the use of electric spurs. In addition, the American jumper has been disqualified from eight events between June 2018 and November 2019. Furthermore, Kocher was fined CHF 10,000 (€9,071) and ordered to pay costs of CHF 7,500 (€6,803). The FEI’s legal department informed Kocher on 29 June 2020 that an investigation had been opened following allegations of the use of electrical traces reported to the independent Equestrian Community Integrity Unit (ECIU). It was alleged that Kocher had used electric spurs on a number of FEI registered horses, national horses and during training. Following the investigation, the FEI initiated formal disciplinary proceedings against Kocher in October 2020. Pending a hearing before the FEI Tribunal, he was provisionally suspended on 28 October 2020. This period has now been converted into a final suspension and this means that the rider is suspended until 27 October 2030. Kocher is not only barred from competing during his suspension. He is not allowed to attend in any capacity, not even as a spectator, any competition or event authorised or organised by the FEI or a national federation. The sanctions also include disqualification from all results obtained at events for which the FEI Tribunal has received photographic evidence showing the use of electrical traces by the rider. The eight events are: CSI4 * Hickstead (GBR), 21-24 June 2018; CSI3 * Lexington (USA), 14-18 May 2019; CSI2 * Lexington (USA), 22-26 May 2019; CSI5 * Calgary (CAN), 5-9 June 2019; CSI5 * Calgary (CAN), 27-39 June 2019; CSI3 * Traverse City (USA), 7-11 August 2019; CSI3 * -W Columbus (USA), 2-6 October 2019 and CSI4 * -W Toronto (CAN), 5-9 November 2019. Parties may appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) within 21 days of receiving the full decision.

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