Sunday, September 25, 2022

The Lab

Whereas the equestrian neighborhood has been distracted with entrance web page headlines, one other darkish drawback has surfaced to check the tepid waters inside the USEF.

The Lab.

I admit I used to be tremendous excited to see the lawsuit from Dr. Cornelius Uboh to the USEF. He was requesting a jury trial and it appeared it was both an excellent tactic to get consideration, or there actually was a case for a jury to think about, and jury trials are inherently extra financially draining, so what an opportunity to severely affect the Federation. Dr Uboh used the press to additional the thriller by saying his intent to sue and it was fairly extensively publicized.

Dr. Cornelius Uboh was employed by USEF within the midst of the Glefke/Farmer case, which gripped the nation for months, and thrown right into a debacle of monumental proportions. He got here from Pennsylvania the place he was the director for the Pennsylvania Equine Toxicology and Analysis Laboratory. In 2014, he was fired from PETRL for causes unknown.

If I’ve to refresh your reminiscence, in 2016, USEF tried to seize who they thought was an alleged ‘cheater’ within the hunter world by discovering a constructive GABA end result with some random horse competing in Kentucky beneath the coaching of Larry Glefke and ridden by Kelley Farmer. Murray Kessler issued a proud assertion that went to everybody’s electronic mail inbox (who was on the time a member of the USEF), together with Larry and Kelley. The nation grew to become break up in half making an attempt to guess the main points of the state of affairs,  watching because the couple vehemently denied the usage of GABA and denied ever listening to in regards to the expenses. They lawyered up with a extremely proficient staff, and all of us witnessed historical past because the case primarily ‘introduced the home down’.

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Larry and Kelley have been cleared of any wrongdoing, and the leaders of the USEF needed to apologize to the members, and admit issues didn’t precisely add up. The case was fairly sensational, proper?


In response to court docket paperwork, Dr. Uboh didn’t need the B Pattern examined on the identical lab the A pattern was examined, however insisted on retaining a very unbiased lab with Worldwide approvals and on par requirements. Keep in mind, he was employed following the precise urine and blood assortment of the Glefke horse. Nonetheless, as everyone knows, Glefke and Farmer insisted on having the B pattern examined in the identical lab, and somebody instructed Uboh to take a seat down and shut it, and the best debacle of all time unfolded in entrance of all people’s eyes in beautiful style.

Effectively, in fact, somebody needed to take the autumn. Initially, my cash was on Stephen Schumacher, who I felt was able to spinning fabulous tales and main folks away from the reality, particularly once I sat down with him for an hour throughout an annual conference in Kentucky. I needed sincere solutions for members, however he managed to muddy the waters even additional by redirecting the dialog away from GABA and the Glefke/Farmer case, and refusing to be recorded in any form of interview. Nonetheless, management determined to move down one other path, and accuse Dr. Uboh (who had most likely by no means heard of Larry Glefke or Kelley Farmer) of all kinds of horrible offenses in the course of the dealing with of the B pattern.

What we ultimately witnessed as an alternative was the whole destruction of the present USEF laboratory and the beginning of a brand new ‘relationship’ with College of Kentucky.

The Lexington Herald printed this :

So, in fact, I used to be upset to see the settlement. The entire case was weird to start with, in my view, with motions to remand to federal court docket so Dr. Uboh might make the most of a “citizenship tactic” (denied), fixed denial of all allegations for the protection (actually?) and even a degree when it was wanting like USEF was insinuating the previous lab director was mendacity within the lawsuit, primarily based on earlier statements taken months earlier for the listening to (yikes).

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Little has been printed in regards to the final result of Dr. Cornelius Uboh at USEF, and simply attempt to get him on the cellphone, or monitor him down by electronic mail, to get a response. I attempted, and ended up nowhere. I imply, I’ve questions. How do you go from requesting a jury trial to a settlement that rapidly? It was like, perhaps 6 months? Are you cheerful along with your compensation throughout your time at USEF? Did they provide something within the settlement?? i do know, i do know, none of my enterprise..

The interim lab director Dr. Rui Yu took over for Dr. Uboh in February of final 12 months, 2018. He had solely began working within the lab as a scientist in October of 2017, so had solely 4 months to get acclimated. In the meantime,  negotiations have been beginning with College of Kentucky and concepts tossed round about the way to remedy the outsourcing of drug testing for the USEF. In truth, Tom O’Mara headed a process power to discover all the choices. College of Kentucky would ultimately buy the USEF lab and proceed drug testing beneath Dr. Scott Stanley, who comes from a earlier educating place in California, at UC Davis. In the meantime, nobody gave the interim lab director a lot thought, particularly the membership. Why would they? New protocols have been set in place, folks began paying extra consideration to drug testing, and enhancements have been being  made. Testers truly began the usage of gloves within the assortment of urine and blood. ( i do know proper? spectacular)

So, why would Dr. Rui Yu all of a sudden ship out this letter this week?


To Whom It Could Concern,


This letter is to tell that the signatory, Dr. Rui Yu, wish to formally droop and withdraw all of the signatures that have been signed in the course of the interval of February 1, 2018 to July 9, 2019 (earlier than the lab was bought to College of Kentucky), which incorporates however not restricted to any information studies, present studies, testing studies, constructive packets, affidavits, and so on. associated to US Equestrian Federation USEF and all different exterior organizations together with FEI, AQHA, NRHA, WPRA, AERC, and so on.

Most significantly, the aim of the suspension and withdrawal is to guard and assist everybody together with USEF, different exterior organizations, the signatory, and former USEF laboratory staff (now UK staff), even be honest to horsemen and opponents, in addition to offering honest competitions and testing outcomes. The explanations embrace potential violation of A2LA accreditation (ISO 17025) in addition to different critical flaws. USEF refused to confess that their CEO (William Moroney) assigned and licensed Dr. Rui Yu (LC-MS Scientist) because the Interim Laboratory Director to carry out majority of the lab director’s job duties and be accountable for all signatures, regardless what the arrogance stage was and proper after the previous Laboratory Director was fired on Feb 1, 2018. USEF’s motion significantly compromised the entire laboratory accreditation and assumed that nobody within the laboratory was in cost and carried out decision-making and administration for greater than 16 months. USEF additionally questioned Dr. Rui Yu’s qualification and expertise to carry out the Interim Laboratory Director place in the course of the negotiation of correct compensation (USEF paid zero), which significantly compromising the validity of any paperwork that Dr. Rui Yu signed throughout that interval.

 All the executive officers (from USEF and different exterior organizations) should maintain or revoke all associated proceedings and circumstances as a result of this suspension and withdrawal. And the executive officers are accountable to tell your members and opponents. The suspension and withdrawal is not going to be revoked by the signatory Dr. Rui Yu till the top of investigation on USEF by EEOC, HRC, or authorized measures.

This discover of the suspension/withdrawal are efficient from August 19, 2019, and also will be forwarded to different organizations and to Whom It Could Concern.

 USEF broke promise to compensate Dr. Rui Yu for over the 16-month further Interim Lab Director job, and additional retaliated (suspension and elimination) Dr. Rui Yu like flipping arms. UK might also take part within the under-the-table take care of USEF and eliminated Dr. Rui Yu’s place and job software after the USEF laboratory was bought to UK. No sincere individual or firm with dignity and respect would preserve doing evil and unsuitable issues over and over and over. Due to this fact, watch out doing enterprise with such individuals or corporations sooner or later.


Finest regards,

Rui Yu, Ph.D.

Former LC-MS Scientist

Former Interim Laboratory Director (assigned and retaliated however not admitted and even paid by USEF though USEF CEO and Common Counsel promised to take action)

Former USEF Equine Drug Testing and Analysis Laboratory— 


Is he mad? What does this even imply? Is that this an unimaginable coincidence or simply one other disgruntled worker? I imply, to me, it appears like a foul track being performed on repeat, however it’s disturbing on many ranges. Moreover, his actions would threaten the validity of a whole bunch of constructive drug exams over the past 16 months. Can that occur? Or, perhaps there’s a means round dissolving 16 months price of labor so just a few hundred lawsuits might be prevented. I don’t know. However that electronic mail went to the FEI, NRHA, WPRA and the USOPC, so he’s clearly making an attempt to boost a purple flag right here.

And did they actually not pay him?? Come. On. WTF.

Positive, perhaps he’s a bit sore as a result of he wasn’t introduced on to the present UK lab, however retaliation like this implies he’s deeply disturbed about what occurs in home at USEF. “No sincere individual or firm would preserve doing evil and unsuitable issues over and over and over”

Do you suppose he watched what occurred with Dr.Cornelius Uboh, and thought “my God, that higher not occur to me!” After which it did, and he was like AAAAAGH!

I feel we now have quite a bit to be apprehensive about with our equestrian Federation, or perhaps it’s simply me. Like, are we going to imagine each time one thing goes unsuitable with a drug violation the lab director goes to take the autumn? Guinness E book of World data for Lab Administrators, ha.

I want Dr. Scott Stanley the very best of luck then, however I hope he’s watching his again.



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