William Fox-Pitt’s strongest potential Olympic mount, Cool Mountain, will sit out of competition in 2012 as a result of an injury sustained at last year’s HSBC European Championships (Germany) according to The Telegraph.
Cool Mountain distinguished himself in 2010 by winning the Rolex Kentucky CCI**** and then returning in the fall for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games to win individual silver and team gold.
“He injured a tendon in Germany last year. It’s not very serious, but I am going to give him a whole year off. That would give him the best chance of recovering for the future.” Fox-Pitt said. “It is particularly sad to have Cool Mountain off this year. He has done incredibly well, and in a way he was my banker. That was the horse I thought I would be riding.”
However, with Burghley CCI**** (England) winner Parklane Hawk, Pau CCI**** (France) winner Oslo, and the promising Lionheart in Fox-Pitt’s stable, the second-ranked rider in the world should still be a strong contender for the London 2012 British eventing team.