Four months before the Olympics, Germany’s Ingrid Klimke has been forced to change her preferred ride for Rio.
In a regular routine examination of championship horses, Germany’s team vet Carsten Rohde detected an injury in SAP Escada FRH. Further investigations showed that the horse had a ligament injurywhich means it will not be able to compete at the Olympic Games.
“We, the horse owner Madeleine Winter Schulze and entire team are very sad that SAP Escada FRH be sidelined longer now,” says Ingrid Klimke.
Nevertheless, Ingrid has the option of taking Horseware Hale Bob OLD to Rio, and in consultation with the team coach has withdrawn the horse from the forthcoming Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials.
The pairing have already proven their credentials at major events, having won the four-star competition in Pau in 2014 and coming second at Badmintonlast year, and being part of the German Gold medal winning team at the European Championships in Blair Castle.
German coach Hans Melzer commented: “We have changed with Ingrid their plan for the season. It won’t as originally scheduled start at the beginning of May at Badminton, but in Wiesbaden, Luhmuehlen and Aachen.”