Eventing Horse Inspection Complete, Reserve Riders Called Up

Three team horses–one each from Germany, New Zealand, and Sweden–have been withdrawn; reserve horses will compete.
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The Swedish contingent set the photographers alight as Olympic eventing got underway with the first horse inspection at Deodoro Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, today. A total of 84 horses, including reserves, were trotted up in front of the Ground Jury which is headed up by Marilyn Payne (USA) and all were passed fit to compete.

It was the eye-catching bright yellow dresses worn by Frida Andersen and Swedish sisters Sara Algotsson Ostholt and Linda Algotsson that got the shutters snapping. However reserve rider Linda Algotsson’s inclusion in the side has come about at the expense of Anna Nilsson whose 17-year-old gelding, Luron, was withdrawn. The fourth member of the Swedish team is the equally dashing Ludwig Svennerstal.

Another reserve partnership called up today was New Zealand’s Tim Price and Ringwood Sky Boy after Jock Paget’s Clifton Lush was also declared a nonstarter. Tim joins his wife, Jonelle Price (Faerie Dianimo), Mark Todd (Leonidas ll) and Clarke Johnstone (Balmoral Sensation) in the New Zealand side.

A statement from Equestrian Sports New Zealand Facebook said Clifton Lush is recovering from a wound: “All of the New Zealand horses arrived in Rio healthy, sound and ready to compete but earlier this week Clifton Lush cut his cheek on a pipe outside the stable that had somehow become exposed during the night. The cut required suturing and the vets have been happy with his progress. Under expert supervision Clifton Lush has been kept in work and has been working well. However, despite the positive daily progress, it has been decided that the horse should be given further time to heal to make a full recovery

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