German show jumpers Marcus Ehning and Cornado NRW have withdrawn from competition today, Aug. 14, the first day of jumping competition. Cornado NRW passed the horse inspection on Aug. 12, and they jumped yesterday on the training day. But after consultation with the German team veterinarian the team decided to substitute in reserve pair Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and Fibonnaci 17.
“After consultation with our team veterinarian Jan Hein Swagemakers we have decided that the risk of use of Cornado NRW is too big,” said German coach Otto Becker.
Three-time FEI World Cup Finals winner Michaels-Beerbaum is a veteran of the last two Olympic Games, and helped the German team win gold at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.
Fibonacci 17 is an 11-year-old Swedish-bred Swedish Warmblood (For Feeling—Tarusa, Corland).
France’s Pénélope Leprevost’s Flora de Mariposa suffered colic symptoms the night of Aug. 12 after the horse inspection and Leprevost opted not to ride her in yesterday’s warm up. But the mare has recovered well and Leprevost will ride her today. She posted a statement on her Facebook page:
“Flora makes us tremble… but all the lights seem to be green tonight! The latest veterinary examinations are reassuring, and Flora even seems to be in great shape. The order of departure scheduled for tomorrow should therefore be: Philippe Rozier, Kevin Staut, Roger Yves Bost, and Flora! Of course we remain very vigilant, but the difficult episode seems to be behind us!”
The French team is already calling up reserve pair Philippe Rozier and Rahotep de Toscane after Simone Delestre’s Hermes Ryan suffered a stable accident.
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