Some horses and riders will really be missed at the Olympics in London this year. The most obvious once are probably Michal Whitaker and GIG Amai that put on such an amazing performance in the Rolex Grand Prix of Aachen, and won this prestigious class. The British team was selected ahead of the CHIO Aachen, and British Chef d’Equipe Rob Hoekstra thus missed out on taking Michael’s performance into account when choosing his team.
Marco Kutscher and the lovely Cornet Obolensky is another pair that will be missed in London. Cornet Obolensky showed fantastic form earlier this year, and won the World Cup qualifier in Zurich, as well as being second in the GCT Grand Prix in Doha. The stallion was also on the winning Nations Cup team in both Rome and Rotterdam. Unfortunately the pair’s good form seemed to come to a temporarily end in Aachen; but watch out – the two will be back before you know it.
It is especially sad that this has happened to Marco Kutscher, who also missed the World Equestrian Games in 2010. Back then he was picked for the team with Cash, but as Cash injured himself just a couple of hours before the flight was about to take off he had to give up his place on the German team that was heading for Kentucky.
It would also be great to see Laura Kraut and Cedric compete in London. In Rotterdam and Aachen this super couple was on fire! In Rotterdam Laura won a 1.55 class, and was second in the Grand Prix. In Aachen the pair was third in the 1.55 class, and sixth in the Grand Prix after a fantastic first round! Their form continued in Chantilly this weekend.
Angelica Augustsson is another rider that we would had loved to cheered on in London. But with her chestnut mare Mic Mac du Tillard injured Angelica unfortunately has to stay home. The same goes for Angelica’s team mate Malin Baryard-Johnsson and H&M Tornesch, who unfortunately sustained an injury in Falsterbo and thus replaced on the Swedish team by Lisen Bratt Fredricson and Matrix.
Orient Express *HDC and Patrice Delaveau were picked for the French team and were ready to go, but just three weeks ahead of the Games Orient Express *HDC got injured and Patrice's spot got vacant. This well jumping stallion would for sure have pleased the audience in Britain, and will be missed.
The same thing can be said about Gotha FRH. The same week as CHIO Aachen, Ludger Beerbaum decided that the two would not be at disposal for the German team as he felt the mare was not in shape. Another rider from Stall Beerbaum that has been unlucky is Philipp Weishaupt, who was picked for the German team - but who will miss out after Monte Bellini sustained an injury.
The wonderful Presley Boy will also be missed on the Saudi Arabian team. The stallion is out of the Olympics after a colic attack followed by falling ill to laminitis, and will need time to recover. A shame for the Saudi team, as Al Eid and Presley Boy could have been serious medal contenders.
A previous Olympic gold medal winner from Sydney in 2000, Jeroen Dubbeldam would for sure have liked to repeated his win twelve years later. That was not to be though; in the end of June Jeroen pulled himself and BMC Utascha SFN out of Olympic contest.
The list could of course go on with riders such as Hans-Dieter Dreher, Harrie Smolders, Rik Hemeryck, Shane Sweetnam and Denis Lynch missing in London!
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