Michael Whitaker Withdraws Cassionato From Olympics

Aug 17, 2016 - 2:59 AM
Great Britain's Michael Whitaker has withdrawn Cassionato from competition at the Olympics. Photo by Lindsay Berreth.

Great Britain’s Michael Whitaker has withdrawn Cassionato from the remainder of the competition at the Olympic Games after the 11-year-old Holsteriner stallion (Cassini I-Perle Holstein, Quidam de Revel) began showing colic symptoms yesterday evening.

The pair added four faults in yesterday’s first round of the team competition, but it wasn’t enough to boost the reigning Olympic gold medal-winning team into the top 8 teams that will compete today.

Whitaker’s teammates Ben Maher (Tic Tac) and Nick Skelton (Big Star) will compete in today’s round, which also counts as the third individual qualifier.

Mollie Bailey and Lindsay Berreth are on the ground in Rio de Janeiro for the Chronicle and will be reporting with all the news, fantastic photos and behind-the-scenes details, all posted on www.coth.com. Your go-to page for all things Olympic is http://www.chronofhorse.com/2016-Olympics.

We’ll have live blogs of competition sessions, Twitter updates, blogs, photo galleries, stories about each day’s competition and so much more. Don’t miss a thing—we’ll have everything you need to know. Also make sure to follow along on the Chronicle’s social media outlets: FacebookTwitterInstagram and Snapchat (@chronofhorse).

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