Tamra Smith announced on July 2 that her Pan American Games team horse Fleeceworks Royal will not be making the trip to Lima, Peru, due to a minor injury.
“Rory,” a 10-year-old U.S.-bred Holsteiner mare (Riverman-ISF—Marisol) owned by Judith McSwain, most recently finished second in the Twin Rivers CCI3*-L (California), and was set to head east to the team’s final outing at the Maryland International CCI3*-S, held July 5-7 in Adamstown, Maryland.
“Monique [Coston], who is my groom, is amazing and just sensed there was a change in her leg after a gallop two days ago,” said Smith, Murrieta, California. “We scanned her only as a precaution, and she has a minor area that is compromised. We are very conservative, and the horse’s care is first and foremost. She will have a little time off and be back to her incredible self in no time, making a 100 percent recovery. Just bad timing, and I’m just very grateful I have such a great team that are just brilliant at their jobs to catch something before it became a real issue.”
Smith’s reserve horse, Alex and Ellen Ahearn and Eric Markell’s Mai Baum, will take Rory’s place. The 13-year-old German Sport Horse gelding (Loredano—Ramira, Rike) won the Twin Rivers CCI3*-L and the Galway Downs CCI3*-S this spring.
Mai Baum is en route to Maryland today.
“It’s truly been an honor to be named to the team on two horses, and I’m very grateful to everyone who has been so supportive as we prepare for this journey,” she said. “I’m pretty lucky to have ‘the black stallion’ as Rory’s replacement.”