After two days of competition, British rider Scott Brash has elected to withdraw from the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Caen, France. The rider, who has been ranked No. 1 in the Longines FEI World Rankings for the last 10 months and helped Great Britain win team gold at the 2012 London Olympic Games, competed Hello Sanctos in the first two rounds of competition. The team from Great Britain did not qualify for today’s team final, which kicks off at 3:15 p.m. CEST. Brash was the sole British rider to earn the chance to continue as an individual, and he sat 36th.
According to a statement released by British Showjumping, the decision to withdraw was made in consultation with Hello Sactos’ owners, Lord and Lady Harris and Lady Kirkham, as well as the British Chef d’Equipe Rob Hoekstra and Chef de Mission Will Connell.
“There is a lot of jumping still to do in the individual qualifying competition; a lot of ground to make up in the leader board and the likelihood of qualifying for the Individual final, with the standard of jumping here this week is not likely,” said the statement. “With the horse in mind and looking ahead to the forthcoming Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup in Barcelona, next year’s European Championships and beyond, the decision has been made to withdraw the horse from further competition this week.”
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