Following the first round of the Longines FEI World Cup Show Jumping Final in Gothenburg, Sweden, the horse Connaught, ridden by Mohamed Talaat of Egypt, was found to have blood on his right flank at the post-competition boot and bandage control.
The FEI Steward reported the issue to the Ground Jury, and the horse was disqualified from the competition under Article 242.3.1 of the FEI jumping rules.
The disqualification means that Talaat and Connaught can’t continue in the final but, subject to veterinary approval, will be eligible to participate in other competitions at the Gothenburg Horse Show.
Pommeau du Heup, ridden by Zhiwen Zhao of China, has been withdrawn from the final following treatment for a cut to his right leg. The cut required stitches, and the horse has been withdrawn on veterinary advice. Pommeau du Heup and Zhiwen Zhao finished 29th in the competition with just 4 seconds added with a rail at fence 7.
Great Britain’s Laura Renwick withdrew her horse Bintang from the first round of jumping on Thursday night. The horse was very stiff on Thursday morning, and it is thought he got cast in its stable the previous night. The horse received chiropractic and physiotherapy treatment during the day, but Renwick felt the horse wasn’t quite right when she brought him out for the pre-competition warm-up and made the decision to withdraw.
The second round of show jumping begins today, March 26, at 6 p.m. local time. You can see the start list here.