JUDY Reynolds has been forced to withdraw Vancouver K from next week’s FEI Dressage European Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden.
The 15-year-old gelding, who is owned by Judy’s parents, Joe and Kathleen Reynolds, picked up a slight injury in training yesterday (Tuesday). On veterinary recommendation, Judy has decided not to take any risks and withdraw from the championship.
Speaking to The Irish Field this morning, a gutted Reynolds said: “We are very very disappointed, it just happened yesterday. He is in amazing form, the way he was going in training two days ago was absolutely stunning.”
The injury is not believed to be serious and Reynolds said ‘JP’ will be back to work within six weeks. “The vet said that we could maybe get it together and we could possibly go but that is not a risk we were willing to take. This is not his last championships and it’s not his last year so it’s not necessary.
“We wouldn’t like to cause him any discomfort, he doesn’t deserve that, he’s a good boy. The timing is bad but we will be back on top in a couple of months,” she added.
The combination have been in phenomenal form since last summer’s Olympic Games in Rio, and just last month set a new Irish Grand Prix Special record when scoring 75.784% to finish fifth in Aachen.