The Olympic individual gold medalist from the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Big Star, has suffered a mild injury, according to a press release from the Geneva CHI.
Big Star has had time off for injury before, having injured a suspensory in August 2013 after helping the British team earn gold in the 2012 London Olympic Games and then winning the 2013 Rolex Grand Prix of Aachen (Germany) with Nick Skelton. Between his injury and the lead-up to the Rio Olympics, Big Star had a few setbacks, but Skelton masterminded a recovery plan that brought the 13-year-old stallion back to the top of the sport in May and onto the British team. He and Skelton topped a jump-off to take the individual gold.
Since the Rio Games, Big Star has competed lightly, jumping to help the British team take second in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Final (Spain) in September and then showing at the Royal Winter Fair (Canada) in November, where he was third in the $130,270 Longines FEI Toronto World Cup Qualifier and second in the $75,000 Big Ben Challenge.
Skelton characterized the stallion’s latest injury as mild—a sprained fetlock. Skelton wants to avoid any risk, so he is resting Big Star for six weeks, meaning he will not jump as planned at Geneva (Dec. 8-11), nor at London-Olympia the week after.
Skelton hopes Big Star will return to top sport next year. “That’s still my ultimate goal with Big Star. I’m hoping to start my winning run next July at Aachen [where Big Star won the Rolex Grand Prix in 2013] and to sew it up in December 2017 at Geneva,” he said.