Last minute change to British Europeans squad

  • Dani Evans is out of the British squad for the FEI Longines European Eventing Championships at Blair Castle in Scotland (10-13 September).

    Sarah Bullimore has now been called up on her own and her husband Brett’s Lilly Corrine.

    The first trot-up is at 3pm today (Wednesday 9 September) and Sarah is on site.

    Great Britain’s chef d’equipe Yogi Breisner said that Smart Time (pictured, top), who is owned by Luana Edge, felt a little under the weather and “wasn’t quite himself”.

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    “A routine set of bloods were taken, which are not quite right and in the best interests of the horse we have decided to withdraw him from the competition,” Yogi added. “All the other British horses travelled well and are in good form.”

    Dani, 23, was set to make her senior squad debut at Blair this week.

    The combination took second place in the under-25 CCI3* at Bramham in June and Dani was also part of the gold medal-winning team at the young rider eventing Europeans in 2011, which was held at Blair.

    The senior selectors revealed this morning (Wednesday 9 September) that Sarah, 42, from Keysoe in Bedfordshire, and Lilly Corinne would fill Dani’s place.

    The experienced three-star combination’s best results include fourth at the CICO3* Nations Cup in Waregem, Belgium, and second at Barbury Castle CIC2*, both in 2014.

    They have also been frequent members of Nations Cup teams in the past few years.

    The pair join the British squad of Laura Collett (Grand Manoeuvre), Gemma Tattersall (Arctic Soul), Izzy Taylor (KBIS Briarlands Matilda), William Fox-Pitt (Bay My Hero), Oliver Townend (Fenyas Elegance), Pippa Funnell (Sandman 7), Francis Whittington (Easy Target), Kitty King (Persimmon), Nicola Wilson (One Two Many), Wills Oakden (Greystone Midnight Melody) and Holly Woodhead (DHI Lupison).

    See this week’s H&H out now for a full preview and course walk with Andrew Hoy.

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