One dressage horse spun and one passed on reinspection at Rio Olympics

  • At the reinspection of the two dressage horses hoping to contest the upcoming grand prix at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, one passed and one failed.

    Both were presented to the ground jury yesterday (Monday, 8 August) and requested to trot up again this morning, before the inspection for the eventing horses.

    The horse who is now out of the Games is Sweden’s young star Dante Weltino. The nine-year-old stallion looked unlevel behind in the trot-up and the reinspection ground jury was not convinced that the horse was sufficiently fit and sound to compete when they reexamined him this morning.

    Italian horse Chablis was passed on reinspection so will contest the grand prix under his rider Valentina Truppa (pictured, top, at the London 2012 Olympics on Eremo Del Castegno).

    It’s some welcome good news for the Truppa family, whose national federation have banned Enzo Truppa from coaching his daughter at the Games for breach of contract when they sold the top international horse Eremo Del Castegno.
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    The Swedish team will now go through the late replacement process to bring forward their travelling reserve pair, Mads Hendeliowitz and Jimmie Choo.

    Mads is a pupil of the team’s stalwart Patrik Kittel.

    Team reserve combinations can we swapped in up until two hours before the first horse goes in the grand prix on Wednesday morning.

    Jimmie Choo is a 12-year-old stallion by Sandro Hit x Don Schufro owned by Segersta Equestrian. Mads and Jimmi Choo are ranked number 61 in the world.

    Dante Weltino’s departure leaves just one nine-year-old left in the field; Cosmo, ridden by 21-year-old Sönke Rothenberger.

    The grand prix starts at 10am Brazilian time tomorrow (Wednesday, 10 August), which is 2pm UK time.

    You can follow all the action with H&H’s live interactive online text service, which will feature expert commentary from Emile Faurie, by clicking here.


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