The German Dressage Team for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games now won’t include superstar stallion Totilas, ridden by Matthias Rath. According to a press release from the German equestrian federation, Totilas was withdrawn due to a painful reaction to an already-existing bone spur that showed up during team training.
“After consultation with the leadership team, the vet team and the rider decided not to, for the sake of the horse, participate in the World Equestrian Games,” stated the press release.
Buck Davidson announced Aug. 19 that Park Trader, his alternate mount for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (France) U.S. Eventing Team, has tendinitis. He’s withdrawn the horse from World Games contention—the pair was ranked fifth on the alternate list—and from the Land Rover Burghley CCI**** (Great Britain) in September. “Kobe” flew home from France on Aug. 23.
The Fédération Equestre Internationale released a statement today, Aug. 12, from FEI President Princess Haya stating she will not seek a third term.
The statement is as follows:
Earlier today, I notified the national federations, the FEI Bureau and the FEI staff that, after a great deal of thought and reflection, I have made the very difficult decision not to stand for a third term as FEI president.
Both Silvana HDC, Kevin Staut’s mount for victory at the recent Longines Paris Global Champions Tour Grand Prix, and Big Star, Nick Skelton’s partner for team gold with Great Britain at the 2012 London Olympic Games, will miss the upcoming Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (France) due to injury.
The French Equestrian Federation released a statement about Silvana HDC’s injury, reporting the 15-year-old Dutch Warmblood (Corland—Donate, Widor) mare was injured while getting up in her stall. Staut hopes to have her back competing by October.
After withdrawing from the Aachen CDIO***** (Germany) due to pneumonia and pleurisy that required hospitalization, Steffen Peters is back in the saddle. Both his top Grand Prix horse, Legolas 92, and his top small tour horse, Rosamunde, are based in Belgium currently.