Caroline Powell has withdrawn from the New Zealand squad for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) as her ride Onwards And Upwards is lame.
She said: “We were at team training having a dressage session with Isobel Wessels. He worked really well for 40 minutes, then we stopped for a chat, carried on and he stepped off unsound. We’re still trying to get to the bottom of it, but it’s obviously very frustrating.”
Cameron Crawford’s 11-year-old Onwards And Upwards was due to make his senior championship debut, having finished in the top 25 at Badminton and Pau last year. Caroline won a team bronze at the last WEG in 2010 on Mac Macdonald and team bronze at the 2012 London Olympics on Lenamore.
Caroline’s place as an individual on the Kiwi squad has been taken by Jonelle Price and Classic Moet, who proved their worth with third in the CIC3* at Hartpury last weekend.