Richard Davison has appealed the selectors’ decision to choose Emile Faurie and Elmegardens Marquis as the fourth and final team member for this month’s European Championships in Rotterdam (18-21 Aug).

Winnie Murphy of British Dressage said: “Richard has appealed in line with the procedures laid out in our selection policy.

“We’re currently waiting to hear the outcomes of the hearings, but there is no set date [for a final decision] as there is the chance for further right to appeal.”

The team expecting to travel to Rotterdam next week are Laura Bechtolsheimer with Mistral Hojris, Carl Hester and Utopia, Charlotte Dujardin with Valegro and Emile Faurie with Elmegardens Marquis.

The BEF said: “The confirmed team list for the European Championships was sent on Wednesday and we believe Emile [Faurie] was on that list. Beyond that we cannot comment as there are still legal proceedings in progress.”

This is not the first time that there has been controversy surrounding the selection of the British dressage team in the run up to a championship. Prior to last year’s World Equestrian Games, there was a last-minute change to the selection process for the final team member.

This news story was first published in the current issue of Horse & Hound (11 August, 2011)