New Zealand and Germany make changes to eventing line up in Rio

Two teams in the eventing competition at the Rio Olympic Games have been forced to make last minute changes to their rider line up.

Despite passing the first horse inspection, Jock Paget has withdrawn Clifton Lush for New Zealand, whilst Germany’s Andreas Ostholt has withdrawn So Is Et.

Tim Price will now join wife Jonelle on the New Zealand Team on Ringwood Sky Boy along with Sir Mark Todd and Clarke Johnstone.

Clifton Lush was withdrawn after the horse cut its cheek on a piece of pipe outside the stable after it became exposed during the night. The cut required suturing and the vets had been happy with his progress. Under expert supervision Clifton Lush was kept in work and has been working well. However, despite the positive daily progress, it was decided that the horse should be given further time to heal to make a full recovery.

“Obviously it is very disappointing for me and Clifton Lush’s owners but we’ve decided this is best for the horse,” said Paget. “It’s been a real team effort from the Rio 2016 Veterinary Hospital and our own vet Christiana Ober – they have all given Lush exceptional care and attention.”

Despite being passed by the ground jury, the German team withdrew Andreas Ostholt’s horse So Is Et. It was revealed the the horse lost a shoe shortly before joining the German training camp and had been irregular in its paces. Despite improvement it was decided it was not worth running the risk of competing in Rio. Ostholt has been replaced by German reserve rider Julia Krajewski and Samourai Du Thot.

Hans Mezler, head of the German eventing team, said: “For Andreas of course it is a great disappointment. But with Julia we have a rider we fully trust and a good team to ensure results.”

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