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Technicality forces change to Canada’s WEG eventing team

Kathryn Robinson and Let It Bee.

Kathryn Robinson and Let It Bee. © Cranford Stud Eventing

British based Canadian eventer Kathryn Robinson has lost her spot in the country’s team for the upcoming Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in France.

Based in Kettering in Northamptonshire, Robinson was named on the team last month, with her horse Let it Bee, a 2001 German bred gelding, along with Hawley Bennett-Awad with Gin & Juice, Selena O’Hanlon with Foxwood High, and Jessica Phoenix and A Little Romance.

But the Canadian Eventing Committee said this week Robinson, 29, was “deemed ineligible”, when it was discovered that before the team was announced on June 20, Robinson has not declared herself as a candidate for WEG selection by the mandatory deadline.

“As such, she was not eligible for selection. Equine Canada regrets that this situation occurred but believes it is of paramount importance that all Equine Canada disciplines implement team selection processes that are consistent, fair and transparent.”

The Canadian Eventing Committee said that Robinson’s ineligibility for the 2014 WEG Team is, “in no way, a reflection of Ms Robinson’s capability or that of her horse, Let it Bee. The Committee would like to thank Ms Robinson for her willingness to represent Canada and looks forward to her participation as a Canadian athlete in future Major Games.”

Peter Barry, of Dunham Quebec, who was first reserve with Kilrodan Abbott, a 1999 Irish Sport Horse gelding, has been promoted to the team.

Robinson was short-listed on Canada’s Olympic Eventing Team in 2012, has ridden in Britain since 2004 and runs Cranford Stud Eventing with Italian rider Giovanni Ugolotti.

 

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