Irish showjumper Cameron Hanley has suffered a major blow as his top horses have been moved to Swiss rider Pius Schwizer.
Cameron’s World Equestrian Games partner Antello Z is one of seven that have been transferred to Pius, after owners EuroAsia decided to move the horses.
Six other showjumpers — Amira, Dundee vd Dwerse Hagen, Cas II, Caretina De Joter, Player du Quesnoy and Newton du Haut Bois — also join Pius.
Cameron competed Amira and Newton du Haut Bois at Basel last weekend (8-10 January).
“It breaks my heart that the horses I ride will be moving to another rider,” said Cameron.
“I have been very lucky to have been supported by EuroAsia for the past two years and have had the chance to ride some fantastic horses.
“As a rider who bonds very closely with his horses it will be hard to let go, but this is part of life and part of our sport. I wish the horses all the success they deserve in the future. They are all stars.”
Cameron, who was 2009 Irish showjumper of the year, has had a tough few years.
He damaged his knee in a freak accident in the summer of 2011 while playing with his children at home in Germany.
He spent four months in hospital and had 17 operations, after rupturing his patella tendon.
However, last year he was back in action having been selected for the Irish Nations Cup team with Antello Z. The partnership also travelled to Normandy for the World Equestrian Games where the Irish team finished seventh.
Cameron rode Antello Z until the horse went to British showjumper Michael Whitaker in 2012. In Feburary 2013 the horse returned to Cameron to compete.
Cameron, who is based in Germany, retains a share in Living The Dream, although it is unclear as yet whether he will keep the ride.
Pius also announced the news on his website.
“Cameron showed courage and resolution to climb back in a spectacular fashion in the world ranking list [after injury],” said a statement.
“The entire EuroAsia team warmly thanks Cameron Hanley for the great achievements made together and wishes him the best in his showjumping endeavours. The EuroAsia horses will pursue their top level showjumping career in the Swiss colours under Pius Schwizer.”
The reason cited was that the horses would be closer to their owners at Pius’ yard, where 17-year-old showjumper Morgane Dassio will also join the team.