Olympic Eventing Roster Sees High Profile Withdrawals After First Jog

Aug 5, 2016 - 7:00 AM
Germany's Andreas Ostholt has withdrawn So Is Et after the horse passed the first inspection in Rio. Photo by Lindsay Berreth.

Immediately following the first horse inspection at the Olympic Games in Rio, three nations—Germany, New Zealand and Sweden—have substituted in their reserve combinations. 

Germany’s equestrian federation announced the withdrawal of Andreas Ostholt and So Is Et, who were second at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton CCI**** (Great Britain) this spring. The gelding lost a shoe at training camp recently, and though he jogged sound this morning, the German Federation still felt there was “a certain amount of risk” involved in using him. Reserve pair Julia Krajewski on Samourai du Thot will step in instead. 

New Zealand’s Jock Paget won’t ride Clifton Lush after the gelding required stitches on his face earlier in the week. Tim Price and Ringwood Sky Boy are stepping in for the pair. 

“All of the New Zealand horses arrived in Rio healthy, sound and ready to compete, but earlier this week Clifton Lush cut his cheek on a pipe outside the stable that had somehow become exposed during the night,” stated a release from Equestrian Sports New Zealand. “The cut required suturing, and the vets have been happy with his progress. Under expert supervision Clifton Lush has been kept in work and has been working well.

“However, despite the positive daily progress, it has been decided that the horse should be given further time to heal to make a full recovery.” 

For the Swedish team, Anna Nilsson withdrew Luron before the first horse inspection, and traveling reserve Linda Algotsson on Fairnet will take her place. 

The full list of dressage ride times is now available as well, with the United States going second-to-last in the order of 13 teams. 

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