Channon’s World Cup hopes dashed

  • British European team dressage rider Wayne Channon has been offered a place in the World Cup final (Amsterdam, 20-22 April), but his ride, Lorenzo, is injured.

    Wayne is one of five additional riders given a place based on their World Cup league standings, but last week Lorenzo was kicked on his left fore cannon bone by another stallion on the yard.

    “I was delighted to be asked to go to the World Cup final,” said Wayne. “But I’m unlikely to be able to go. He’s trotting up OK now, but I can’t ride him for another week, as there’s a lot of bruising and swelling.

    “I’m disappointed, but that’s horses.”

    Meanwhile, Sandy Phillips has stepped down from her role as British Dressage senior selector to allow her to concentrate on her own competition performance and aim for team selection with Lara 106. The partnership has already been selected to compete in Saumur CDIO (26 – 30 April).

    “When she took up the role as selector last summer it was agreed that Sandy would be able to step down if she chose to focus on competing Lara,” said chairman of selectors, David Trott.

    “Her knowledge and insight have been a valuable addition to the senior selection panel and we look forward to following her progress as she competes this year.”

    A new senior selector will be appointed shortly.

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