Olympic dressage withdrawals reshuffle

Withdrawals, retirements and disrupted competition schedules have led to a late shake-up of nations and squads ahead of the Olympic dressage at Tokyo.

Sönke Rothenberger’s Olympic, World and European team gold medal-winning ride Cosmo 59 will not be campaigned for this year’s championships as the 14-year-old gelding “is not at the level of performance of previous years”.

Ireland will be without its leading combination of Judy Reynolds and Vancouver K at Tokyo, after Judy announced the retirement of her Rio 2016 ride.

Australia Lyndal Oatley has withdrawn her rides Elvive and Eros from Tokyo convention owing to the pandemic affecting her preparation.

Other recent withdrawals from contention include Olympian Daniel Pinto and his ride Santurion De Massa, who represented Portugal at the 2015 and 2017 Europeans, owing to health reasons.

The Dutch combination of Anne Meulendijks and MDH Avanti NOP, who helped the Netherlands to team silver at the 2019 Europeans as well as multiple medals at young rider and under-25 championships, are also out.

Norway and New Zealand have both let go of their Olympic spots, while Malaysia and Italy have received late invitations.

Norway’s qualified rider, Ellen Birgitte Farbrot, announced her withdrawal from the Olympic spot on Thursday (3 June) following consultation with her ride Tailormade Red Rebel’s owners.

New Zealand announced on Saturday (5 June) that “despite best endeavours”, it will not be send

The Italian equestrian federation confirmed it had been offered a place thanks to results obtained by Tatiana Miloserdova and Florento Fortuna.

Malaysian equestrian federation president Syed Omar Syed Abu Bakar Al Mohdzar shared his congratulations to rider Qabil Ambak, the nation’s top rider, on his spot at the Games.

Source Horse and Hound

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