Dutch dressage supremo Anky van Grunsven will go to the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky later this month as part of the Dutch reining team.

Anky, who was named as a reserve on the reining team last month, will now take part in the competition after teammate Jurgen Pouls had to withdraw due to an injury to his horse.

Dutch chef d’equipe Caspar de Jonge asked Anky to replace Jurgen yesterday (Tuesday 31 August).

She will compete on her quarterhorse Whizashiningwalla BB.

“I’m very excited,” said Anky. “Although it’s a shame that Jurgen is not able to go. As a reserve you always have to be on standby, so I’ve already made a lot of preparations including extra vaccinations for Whiz.

“I really hope that I can help the team by getting a good score and will put 100% into it.”