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The International Equestrian Federation (FEI) has denied Dutch World Cup dressage titleholder Anky van Grunsven a wild card with last year’s winner Salinero for the final in Las Vegas (16-19 April).

Anky has qualified on her second horse, Painted Black, but would sooner take Olympic gold medallist Salinero.

As reigning champions, they would have been granted a wild card had they contested two qualifiers — they completed one, at ’s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands (19-21 March), finishing third to Isabell Werth of Germany.

Anky’s husband and trainer, Sjef Janssen, is likely to appeal the decision.

This article was first published in Horse & Hound (26 March, ’09)

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