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Changes in the Swiss squad for the 2017 European Championships

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson. Nadja Peter Steiner and Saura de Fondcombe will be on the Swiss team for the Europeans. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.

The Swiss Equestrian Federation has announced changes to their jumping squad for the 2017 European Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden. 

Werner Muff/Daimler II and Paul Estermann/Lord Pepsi have been replaced by Janika Sprunger with Aris CMS and Nadja Peter Steiner with Saura de Fondcombe. They join Romain Duguet and Twentytwo des Biches, Martin Fuchs and Clooney III as well as Steve Guerdat and Bianca or Hannah III.

Earlier this year, it was revealed that Estermann was under investigation for accusations of animal cruelty. This week, the Swiss Equestrian Federation received the news that the case now is with the public prosecutor in Switzerland. "There is suspicion that the rider has violated the animal welfare law. In the interest of the horse sport, and not to burden the Swiss team with this situation, Estermann will not compete in Gothenburg despite the presumption of innocence (...)". Until the investigation has been finished and there is a clarification on the matter, Estermann will be ineligible for the Swiss team.

Muff has together with the owners of the 9-year-old Daimler II decided not to compete at the Europeans due to the gelding's young age. Muff and Daimler's owners would like to develop the horse carefully in order for him to be optimally prepared for future major tasks such as championships.


Source: Swiss Equestrian Federation // Picture © Jenny Abrahamsson

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