Top eventer Phillip Dutton has decided to withdraw Mr. Medicott from consideration for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (France). “Cave” aggravated an old tendon injury during the cross-country phase at the Rolex Kentucky CCI**** in April and was withdrawn before the final horse inspection.
“I couldn’t be more happy with how his leg is healing, and we know that getting the tendon strong again before bringing him back into proper work will ensure his soundness long term,” said Dutton in a statement on his Facebook page. “He is continuing to enjoy being in light work during this period of rehabilitation, and I’m grateful to the owners for their support as we work to get Cave back to doing what he loves.”
Cave, a 15-year-old Irish Sport Horse (Cruising—Slieveluachra, Edmund Burke) gelding owned by the Mr. Medicott Syndicate, competed at the 2012 London Olympic Games with Karen O’Connor aboard, and the two were the highest-placed U.S. pair in ninth.
Dutton, West Grove, Pa., has Mighty Nice entered in the Luhmühlen CCI****, June 12-15 in Germany.