French rider Simon Delestre announced that his mount for the French team at the Rio Olympic Games, Hermes Ryan, has been withdrawn from the competition and the French team due to a micro-fracture at the tip of his hock.
“It’s with deepest regret that I announce the forfeit of Hermes Ryan for the Olympic Games. An unfortunate injury that ends all my Olympic dreams, and those of Hermes Ryan’s family but our priority is his health. Our team will take care of him so that he comes back in perfect shape for the next major events. I’ll support my teammates of the French team along their way through these Olympic Games,” read Delestre’s statement on his Facebook page.
Delestre is the No. 2 in the current FEI World Rankings, and was a hot favorite for an individual medal in Rio. In 2015, he and Hermes Ryan were individual bronze at the European Championships.
Phillipe Rozier and Rahotep de Toscane, the French traveling reserve, will now join Penelope Leprevost on Flora de Mariposa, Kevein Staut on Réveur de Hutebise HDC and Roger-Yves Bost on Sydney Une Prince when the show jumping competition gets underway on Aug. 14.
Hermes Ryan showed some soreness coming out of his stall on Aug. 9, and Delestre, his groom, veterinarians and French chef d’equipe Phillip Guerdat spent the day investigating the cause.