British showjumper Carian Scudamore had to retire from the individual competition at the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore over the weekend after her borrowed horse went lame.
After being part of the gold medal winning team at the inaugural Games last week, Carian’s horse, 12-year-old gelding Mighty McGyver, was retired due to lameness.
“Carian’s horse was lame on Saturday morning and has been withdrawn from the competition in the interests of the welfare of the horse,” said a spokesman from the British Equestrian Federation.
“In keeping with the rules of the competition, which Team GB fully respects, there is no substitution of horses at this stage of the competition.
“Although disappointed not to participate in the individual event, Carian will return from Singapore with a Youth Olympic gold medal, having played an integral part in Team Europe’s victory in the team competition on Friday.”
Will Connell, performance director at the BEF added: “The joy of horses!”
Valentina Isoardi from Italy also had to sit out the individual competition as her horse was lame.
The final round of jumping will take place tomorrow (Tuesday 24 August).