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Dreher on the disqualification in London; "I am very sad that something like that happened"

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Hans-Dieter Dreher and Embassy II in action in London. Photo by Lulu Kyriacou. After being clear in both rounds of the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix in London with Embassy II, Hans-Dieter Dreher was disqualified from the competition. The reason; a spur mark that was spotted during the mandatory boot check following the second round. The president of the FEI ground jury commented on the case to Horse & Hound, saying that there was no indication of horse abuse referring to the fact that "(...) things like that can happen, but FEI jumping rules are very strict on such things." World of Showjumping asked the rider himself to comment on the case.

"The spur mark was about 5 mm big, and I really don't know how it happened. I have been watching the videos from the round over and over to try to understand. Watching it I cannot say that I once pushed him with the spurs so it must have happened accidentally over one of the jumps. I am very sad that something like that happened and of course I didn't mean to hurt the horse in any way. But it has happened and unfortunately I can't change that," Dreher explains adding that already the following day the mark was invisible.

Dreher also commented to World of Showjumping.com; "Still, I'm really happy with how well Embassy jumped in both rounds!"

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