British Eventing announced Monday that a change has been made to its Olympic Eventing Team roster: Piggy March and Brookfield Inocent will not travel to Tokyo as the team reserve, being replaced by Ros Canter and Allstar B.
“After careful consideration and full collaboration between Performance Director Richard Waygood and the owners of Brookfield Inocent, Alison Swinburn and John and Chloe Perry, it has been decided that ‘Arthur’ will not travel to Tokyo for the Olympic Games,” a BE press release read. “This decision has been made with the understanding and support of their rider, Piggy March.”
“The chance to represent your country on the Olympic stage is the pinnacle of every owner’s ambition but, taking everything into account, we have to put those dreams on hold for now,” Alison Swinburn said in the statement. “We wish the best of luck to the team in Tokyo, and they’ll have no bigger supporters as we all cheer them on.”
“Tokyo will be a Games like no other, and I’m grateful to Piggy and her owners, Alison, John and Chloe, for their openness and consideration around what was an extremely tough decision,” Waygood said. “We hope to see Piggy and Arthur in British team colors in the future.”
Canter, 35, and Allstar B, a 16-year-old Dutch Warmblood owned by Canter and Caroline Moore, are reigning world champions, having won individual gold at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina.