Peter Charles has had to pull out of Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) following surgery to his groin, which needs time to heal.
The Hampshire-based showjumper – who helped Team GBR to their historic Olympic gold medal at Greenwich – went under the knife on 18 September. The injury has meant that Peter has not competed since the Olympics.
He was confirmed for HOYS, but made the announcement that he would not be competing on his Facebook page this morning (3 October).
“Unfortunately I won’t be able to compete at HOYS this year. I have to give my injury time to heal following surgery, which is going to require a few weeks’ rest,” he said.
But Peter will still go to HOYS – as a spectator – to watch his children compete.
Harry Charles has qualified for three pony finals, while daughter Scarlett has two ponies through to the 128cm final.
“I will be at the show during the week, a big part of which will be to support Harry and Scarlett,” Peter added.