Four out of five of the Landrover U.S.Eventing Squad members have wintered in Aiken in the recent past. Aiken Equestrians are well represented at the FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018.
According to Marilyn Little’s FB page:
“It is with a heavy heart and through endless tears that I am announcing that RF Scandalous and I won’t be competing at the World Equestrian Games (WEG) this week in Tryon. Scandalous has been going absolutely amazing during the final training camp in preparation for WEG. Following my final ride yesterday, she showed mild inflammation in her lower limb.
While the prognosis for Kitty is excellent, under guidance from the U.S. team veterinarian and in the best interest of my lovely mare, I have made the decision to withdraw Kitty and not move forward with competing this week. To say that I’m devastated would be an understatement. I am grateful for my owners, Jacqueline Mars, Phoebe and Mike Manders, as well as my entire team for supporting my decision during this very difficult time. As athletes, we commit our lives to our sport. Kitty is my best friend and my teammate. For us to not be able to perform at this year’s biggest global competition after all of the endless hours of preparation is heartbreaking.
Not only was I looking forward to competing alongside my teammates but it was even more special to represent my country in the US. I am committed to making sure that Kitty is back to herself, and I am looking forward to returning to the international eventing scene. In the meantime, I will continue to cheer for team USA, and know my replacement Will Coleman is fully prepared to step in.”
According to Will Coleman Equestrian FB page:
“It was bittersweet to receive the news early this morning that myself and Tight Lines were being called up to replace Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous on the WEG squad. On the one hand, we are excited for our horse and all of his connections to represent our country at this championships. But, on the other, we are truly gutted for Marilyn and her entire team. They have done some amazing things this year and were looking fantastic all week, every bit deserving of the chance to compete here. To miss out on this opportunity because of an injury to Kitty is a devastating thing, especially at this hour, and I feel terrible for her and her owners. But I know they will be back, and, better than ever, when they do return. For her part, Marilyn handled this entire situation with absolute class, and was the first to congratulate me when the decision was made. Now it’s on to the business of competing here. Thanks always to my amazing owners, my family, our incredible team of grooms, vets, and farriers looking after our horse, and all of our wonderful sponsors. Wouldn’t be here without you.”
Meanwhile, Australian Ryan Wood who winters in Aiken next to Phillip Dutton, will be the Australian Eventing Team Reserve. According to Equestrian Australia, Victorian rider Robert Palm has had to withdraw as the Reserve rider due to his horse Koko Story suffering a virus. “We got onto it quickly and he is now 100% fit, sound and happy. But in the best interest of of my horse and his future we decided to pull the pin on WEG” said Palm. US based rider Ryan Wood and Woodstock Bennet has been given the call up to replace Palm as the Australian Eventing Team Reserve.
“I have spoken to Bennet’s owners, and associated connections and we are thrilled for him to be named as a Reserve for the Worlds,” said Wood
What a thrill to have so many “locals” competing at Tryon’s World Equestrian Games, and wish them all the best!