Sharon Hunt (pictured) is out of the British squad for the European Eventing Championships because Tankers Town needs a few weeks off to recover from bruised feet. This means he will miss vital fitness work.

“It’s only a short term problem, but it couldn’t have come at a worse time,” said Sharon, who finished ninth at last year’s World Equestrian Games on her squad debut.

“I’ll give him a couple of weeks off and then maybe aim for [the new four-star at] Pau at the end of the season. If he’s not right after a few weeks I won’t compete him again this year and will go to Badminton in the spring.

“He still needs a qualificaton for the Hong Kong Olympics next year, but I’ll be as patient as I need to be.”

First reserve Rodney Powell has been called up for the championships, which are at Pratoni del Vivaro (13-16 September), with the Johnsons’ Langarth Darcy.

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