Paralympic rider Nicola Tustain’s top horse injured

The top ride of Britain’s Paralympic dressage rider Nicola Tustain has been injured, ruling her out of the 2007 World Championships at Hartpury College (20-22 July).

Tony and Sarah Pidgley’s Prinz Heinrich, with whom Nicola became grade II Paralympic bronze medallist and European and World Champion, is lame and on box rest.

Nicola declined to tell H&H what had happened, but said she is “devastated”.

“It will be at least nine months before we know how well repaired his injury is,” she said.

If anyone has a horse they could loan, they are urged to get in touch with squad coach Michel Assouline (tel: 07850 639538).

This story was first published in Horse & Hound (15 March, ’07)

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