First Totilas and now Sam: another of Germany’s leading hopes for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France, is out of contention.
Michael Jung’s horse Sam has been withdrawn from the eventing competition, meaning the current World, European and Olympic champion will ride fischerRocana FST at Normandy instead.
Sam, on whom Jung won individual gold at WEG 2010 and the 2011 European Championships, and Olympic Gold in London 2012, reportedly has inflammation in a front hoof. A disappointed Jung says the injury is “not serious”, but has put an end to competing at WEG.
Sam was fine on Wednesday after he worked during the team’s training camp in Bonn, but the lameness showed up on Thursday morning.
Jung’s reserve mount, the nine-year-old former German champion fischerRocana FST, was on Germany’s winning Nations Cup team at Boekelo last October, and was second behind New Zealand’s Tim Price and Wesko at the Luhmühlen 4* in June.
Jung said he had wanted nothing more than to ride Sam for the team and their title defence. “But now it is fischerRocana’s turn – we’ll give everything and now hope even more for your support!” he said.