• Clare

    To clarify a couple of points in the article. ‘Jockey’ is the word used for a professional race rider. However, the term is also used colloquially to refer to other riders, frequently in a competitive role. The Saudi ‘jockeys’ are actually competitive riders on the national team in trouble for doping their show jumping horses. The ‘new’ doping rules referred to in the article are not for horse racing (which has been tightly regulated for centuries in Britain and Ireland) but all the other equestrian sports regulated by the FEI.

    Just by way of a note, the first ever female athlete from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Dalma Rushdi Malhas, competed as a show jumper at the Youth Olympic Games in 2010.

  • mariabalinska

    Thanks Clare for the clarification – we’ve made a note in the article to point out how the word “jockey” can be used in different contexts. As for Saudi show jumper, Dalma Rushdi Malhas, we certainly will be looking into her story!