Luhmühlen, Germany—June 17
After leading the Luhmühlen CCI**** after cross-country, Boyd Martin discovered that Shamwari 4 had injured a hind leg, and he withdrew him from competition.
Martin posted this statement on his Facebook page.
“Unfortunately I have decided to withdraw Shamwari from today’s show jumping. When I finished the cross-country yesterday he looked sore in his hind leg. A number of the top vets here at the competition all agreed that he has strained his hind tendon, and it would not be right to try to present him for the trot-up. It is a very rare injury.
“Shamwari has been in good health and had a wonderful preparation towards this years Luhmühlen four-star. He has been closely monitored by Dr. Kevin Keane, Dr. Susan Johns and Dr. Dean Richardson through his whole preparation and through this event. He had no pre-existing issue coming into this event, and we were looking forward to a great result.
“Being a 16-year-old horse, this will most likely be the end of Shamwari competing at the top of the sport. It has been an absolute privilege to ride him. He is one of the best horses I have ever ridden, and it was sad that he never won a four-star. I truly thought that this weekend was his. I would like to thank his owners in the Shamwari Syndicate, Silva and Nox [Martin], coach Erik Duvander, his groom Mike Pen and my vet Kev Keane. I look forward to getting Shammie back to the promised land for him to heal up.”