According to the latest release of Fédération Equestre Internationale yellow warning cards, Norwegian rider Heidi Bratlie Larsen was given a yellow card for “abuse of horse/riding an obviously lame horse” at the Mars, Incorporated World Eventing Championships during the cross-country phase at the FEI World Equestrian Games (North Carolina).
Larsen was pulled up by the Ground Jury at fence 21 with Euforian, a 13-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding (Gamaro M—Evelina, Willibald).
Euforian was transported off course and diagnosed with a soft tissue injury.
Larsen, 33, and the gelding have competed at the CCI*** level, including at last year’s FEI European Eventing Championships (Poland) where they finished 39th.
Larsen posted a statement on her Facebook page on Sept. 15 after cross-country saying that the gelding felt tired but was still jumping fine.
“At the last water jump, I suspected something didn’t feel right and thought to stop, but I could not do it until I was stopped right after,” she said. “That I was stopped was absolutely right, and I would have done it myself. That the World Championship did not end as planned now means little. ‘Grålle’ is the most important thing to me.”