Ruth Edge’s ride Two Thyme is no longer in contention for the British eventing team for this summer’s Olympics after incurring an injury.

“He was fine after Salperton, but galloped earlier this week and was lame the next day,” said Ruth (pictured). “It’s a new front leg injury which will put him out for the rest of the year.”

Two Thyme won an open intermediate section Salperton last Saturday (21 June) with an outstanding 15.9 dressage score.

Ruth was one of three riders expected to run at Barbury Castle next week (3-6 July) in the hope of being selected to fill the space on the eventing team left open by the withdrawal of Zara Phillips’s Toytown through injury.

The first reserves still in contention for that place are Tina Cook (Miners Frolic) and Daisy Dick (Spring Along and Hope Street). Oliver Townend was also on the first reserve list, but Flint Curtis has also been withdrawn.