LEXINGTON, Ky.--US Equestrian announced a substitution to the U.S. Eventing Olympic Team ahead of the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Deniro Z, a 13-year-old KPWN gelding ridden by Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp of Lexington, Ky., and owned by Ocala Horse Properties, has been withdrawn from the team and will be replaced by Doug Payne of Aiken, S.C., and Vandiver, a 17-year-old Trakehner gelding owned by Debi Crowley, Doug Payne, and Jessica Payne.
Earlier, US Equestrian also announced a horse substitution for the Eventing Olympic Team.
The Luke 140 Syndicate’s Luke 140, the selected mount for Boyd Martin of Cochranville, Pa., was replaced by Martin’s first direct reserve, Tsetserleg, a 14-year-old Trakehner gelding owned by Christine Turner, Thomas Turner, and Tommie Turner.
Luke 140 sustained a minor injury during his training preparation and has been withdrawn from consideration for the team but is expected to make a full recovery.
Eventing will be competed in Tokyo from July 30 to Aug. 2.
FOLLOWING pre-travel horse evaluations, veterinary concerns prompted additional diagnostic testing of Deniro Z prior to the team’s departure to Europe for Pre-Export Quarantine.
Following a thorough review of the testing results, it was determined it is in the best interest of the horse to be withdrawn from the team after confirming he has sustained an injury.
He is expected to make a full recovery.
Tamra Smith pf Murrieta, Calif., on Mai Baum, a 15-year-old German Sport Horse gelding owned by Alexandra Ahearn, Ellen Ahearn, and Eric Markell will be moved into the traveling reserve position.
Will Faudree of Southern Pines, N.C., on Mama’s Magic Way, a 10-year-old Hanoverian gelding owned by Jennifer Mosing and Sterling Silver Stables will become the first alternates, and Will Coleman of Gordonsville, Va., on Off The Record, a 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding owned by the Off The Record Syndicate, will now travel to Pre-Export Quarantine in Aachen, Germany as the second alternate combination.