Beccy stated, “It is with regret and disappointment that I will have to withdraw Tawmarsh Muharram (Mayday) and myself from the team travelling to Most for this year’s European Endurance Championships. After a very successful 80km training ride complete with full vetting and vet gates he unfortunately pulled out of the stable slightly lame yesterday (Thursday 28th August) morning. My vet, Derreck Grantham, visited during the day and has diagnosed a suspected deep flexor tendon injury to be confirmed with a scan in several days’ time. I am bitterly disappointed as Mayday felt fit and strong and his recoveries during training were excellent. I wish the team at the Championships all the very best”.
Chef d’Equipe, Annabelle Scofield said, “We are now taking a team of three to the Championships and we will do our utmost to help the riders get the team round. The withdrawal of Beccy does narrow our chances of team completion but we will all do our very best. With that in mind we will be travelling out to the Czech Republic with a positive outlook and it will be good experience ahead of WEG next year”.
Chair of selectors, Di Latham said, “It is always disappointing and sad when a selected combination is unable to go to a Championship. As horses are living creatures capable of injury, it is never a given until passing the initial vetting. All our riders do their best to bring their horses to the start line in the best possible condition of fitness and health, but sometimes things do not go according to plan. Beccy was delighted to have been selected, a culmination of a lot of hard work to achieve the ultimate goal. It is not to be for this year, but the selectors would like to thank Beccy for her commitment and honesty and doing all that has been asked of her. We wish Tawmarsh Muharram a speedy recovery to full fitness again, ready to challenge for a place on the Team for WEG in 2014”.
The FEI CEI 4* European Endurance Championships takes place 12 – 15 September, at Most in the North West of the Czech Republic; the riders will compete over a course of 160km in distance.
There will be a live twitter feed throughout the day of the Championships @enduranceGB, #Egbeuros. For further information about the sport of endurance riding visit www.endurancegb.co.uk.