The US Olympic eventing team has been changed after it was determined that thirteen-year-old KWPN’s Deniro Z had suffered an injury before he was quarantined. A big setback for Liz Halliday-Sharp who was to compete for her country at a major international championship with the son of Zapatero VDL for the first time. Before the American horses left for Aachen to go into quarantine, Deniro Z turned out not to be fit at the veterinary examination. A minor injury kept the breeding product of the Zilverberg family from Hoogeveen (NED) on the sidelines. “After a thorough review of the test results, it has been determined that it is in the best interest of the horse to be withdrawn from the team,” said a USEF spokesperson. The spokesman added that the KWPN is expected to make a full recovery. American ‘Eventing Rider of the Year’ Liz Halliday-Sharp was tenth with Deniro Z in this year’s Lexington 5* and sixth in the 4* competition in Tryon. Last year Halliday missed the US championship by a hair. The travelling reserve Doug Payne has now been called up for the team with the 17-year-old gelding Vandiver (by Windfall). The US team also includes Phillip Dutton with the 13-year-old Z (by Asca Z) and Boyd Martin and Tsetserleg TSF, also by the Trakehner Windfall. Tamra Smith is now the travelling reserve with the fifteen-year-old Mai Baum (by Loredano).
Source Horses.nl/Eventing Nation
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