Injury puts Irish eventing horse out of WEG

September 25, 2010

Irish eventing horse Kilpatrick River has been pulled out of the World Equestrian Games following an injury.


The mount of Elizabeth Power, Kilpatrick River arrived in Kentucky Horse Park on Sunday but was lame following exercise on Monday. He was treated overnight but there was insufficient improvement in the injury and the decision was taken to withdraw the horse.

Ireland had six eventing horses at the Games with four of these to compete as part of the team, and the other two as individuals. The withdrawal of Liz Power and Kilpatrick River reduces the Irish contingent to five. Horse Sport Ireland's High Performance Manager Ginny Elliot will decide on the four to make up the team nearer to the competition which begins on Thursday next, September 30.

Ginny Elliot said the injury was a huge blow to Liz Power and a loss to the Irish squad.

"Liz is one of our most promising up and coming young riders and aside from the loss to the squad at these games it would have been great for Liz to get further championship experience, but it is not to be on this occasion" she said.

"While this reduces our team options I am still very happy with the five remaining combinations we have here who all travelled well and are in good order," she said.