There will be no World Equestrian Games for New Zealand’s Clarke Johnstone and Balmoral Sensation. News of the horse’s injury will be a blow to the New Zealand eventing team, as the pair would have been potential individual medallists as well as strong contributors to the team score. Recently, the they finished individual fifth at the CICO3* in Aachen, helping the New Zealand team to the victory, but Johnstone then reported Balmoral Sensation had picked up an injury; “It is a huge, huge blow for me and also to my family, support team and friends, who are such an important part of our journey. I am feeling very sad at the moment for my beautiful horse, but he will make a full recovery and we wish the New Zealand team all the best for bringing home some more gold.” After a strong start on home soil in New Zealand, Balmoral Sensation and Johnstone first came to international attention when they finished fifth at Badminton in 2016, which landed them a spot on the 2016 Rio Olympic team where they were the best New Zealand pair in individual sixth place. Last year they also won the CCI4* Adelaide.