Smith in, Fletcher out of British jumping team

September 23, 2010

British showjumper Tina Fletcher and her horse Hallo Sailor have been withdrawn from the country's team for the World Equestrian Games.


Robert Smith and Talan. © Meadow Stud
Hallo Sailor sustained a minor injury during training, and showjumping Performance Manager Rob Hoekstra said it was in the best interests of the horse not to travel to Kentucky.

Reserve horse and rider combination Robert Smith and Talan will replace Fletcher in the team.

"We are very disappointed for Tina and Lady Harris who owns Hallo Sailor," Hoekstra said.

"However, we are extremely fortunate that we have a world class rider in Robert Smith to bring into the team and Talan has shown excellent form on a recent trip to Calagry."

Smith joins Scott Brash riding Stanley Brash's Intertoy Z; David McPherson riding his own Chamberlain Z and Michael Whitaker riding Beatrice Mertens GIG Amai II to complete the showjumping team.

The Games take place in Kentucky, USA from September 25 to October 10, with the showjumping competition taking place between October 4 and October 9.