Top-10 horse one of two withdrawn before Maryland 5 Star cross-country

  • Lynn Symansky and RF Cool Play, who were fourth equal after dressage, are one of two withdrawals ahead of today’s Maryland 5 Star cross-country.

    The US rider said she had made the decision as she had been ill yesterday and “Coolio” is also new to five-star and “on the lighter side of fitness and runs”.

    “It’s not a decision I take lightly, as he’s a great cross-country horse sitting in fourth position at his first five-star,” she added. “While we often thrive in less than ideal circumstances, I feel it’s in the best interest of the horse to reroute to Tryon.

    “Even the most oxymoron of a ‘soft five-star’ is not to be taken lightly, and this track is the opposite of that. It will be an incredibly exciting yet gruelling day of sport, and I predict Ian Stark is just as nervous as the riders until today has come to a close.”

    Lynn also wished her fellow competitors the best of luck for the day ahead.

    Maryland 5 Star withdrawals: Australian horse pulled out

    US-based Australian rider Clayton Fredericks has also withdrawn FE Stormtrooper, who was 31st after cross-country at Maryland 5 Star.

    By doing the dressage, Clayton has ensured he has still started at all the world’s five-stars even with this new addition to the calendar, though he will have to return to Maryland to lay claim to having completed them all.

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