Two Major Eventing Contenders Out Of WEG

Aug 28, 2018 - 9:58 AM
Sam Griffiths on Paulank Brockagh and Michael Jung on fischerRocana FST have both withdrawn from the WEG. Photos by Lindsay Berreth and Kimberly Loushin.

Two top contenders in eventing have withdrawn from the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games, held in Mill Spring, North Carolina, Sept. 11-23. Michael Jung’s fischerRocana FST (Germany) and Sam Griffiths’ Paulank Brockagh (Australia) both withdrew due to injury.

“With a heavy heart, we must inform [you] that fischerRocana has contracted a compression of the front left fetlock during training,” Jung posted on his Facebook. “According to the veterinarian, it is a minor injury, but it takes time. Unfortunately, this time is too short until the departure, and we could not complete the last training sessions. That’s why we [will not] start in Tryon.

“Since 2009, I have been in the German team every year and was able to compete in an individual medal every year. Rocana and I were ready to represent the German colors dignified, but unfortunately it should not be. I wish the German team all the best, success and a lot of fun!”

With Jung out, reigning world champion Sandra Auffarth will be called up with 9-year-old Selle Français Viamant du Matz.

Emma McNab will replace Griffiths on her 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse Fernhill Tobasco.

“Brocks sustained a minor injury in her final preparations and will not be fit to travel,” Griffiths said in a release from Equestrian Australia. “She will recuperate and then be prepared for Badminton 2019. Sam and Team Griffiths wish the Australian Eventing Team the very best of luck.”

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