Marilyn Little has withdrawn RF Tabasco from the U.S. Equestrian Federation team for the Boekelo CCI***.
In a statement, Little said: “Unfortunately, RF Tabasco sustained a minor injury in the paddock yesterday which will preclude him from completing his final preparations before the event at Boekelo next week.
“Though it appears Tabasco should require only a few days of monitoring before returning to normal work, with only a week prior to the event the timing couldn’t be worse. I am incredibly grateful to my staff, veterinarians and farriers for their attention around the clock, and am so sorry to miss the incredible opportunity to join the U.S. team at Boekelo this year.
“It goes without saying that the chance to represent our country while competing at what has become the Raylyn Team’s ‘hometown event’ (located only 10 miles away from our summer base here in the Netherlands) is an opportunity sadly lost, but we all look forward to coming to support the other U.S. riders throughout the week.
“Fortunately, Tabasco should be back in form in short order, and we are hopeful that upon confirmation from our veterinarians that he is fully ready to return to competition, we will be able to re-route our fall plans to include a CCI*** at this year’s Galway Downs (Calif.) before our team returns home to the East Coast in November.”