Britain will not be fielding a full team for the endurance European Championships in the Czech Republic (12-15 September), after one rider had to withdraw due to a lame horse.
Beccy Broughton Booker’s Tawmarsh Muharram has been diagnosed with a deep flexor tendon injury and the team does not have a reserve available.
Chef d’equipe Annabelle Scofield said the sport was “not blessed with a large pool of riders to call on”.
She explained: “Apart from World Equestrian Games years, our riders are self-funded, so a lot of people made the decision to save their horses and pennies for next year to have a shot at WEG [World Equestrian Games].
“The withdrawal of Beccy does narrow our chances of team completion, but we will all do our very best.”