Irish showjumper Jessica Kurten has lost the ride on her top horse Castle Forbes Libertina.
Castle Forbes Libertina and Jessica Kurten. © Lulu Kyriacou
Libertina's owner, Lady Georgina Forbes, said in a statement that her horses are to no longer compete. The five horses affected also include recent Mechelen World Cup winner Castle Forbes Mrytille Paulois.
Kurten has ridden the Forbes horses for more than eight years. "I have been very fortunate to have celebrated many great victories with the horses from Lady Forbes and I am very grateful for this time. Both parties have profited from this relationship," Kurten said.
Forbes is an Irish citizen but lives in Switzerland. A statement from Kurten said the horses were to remain at her yard, in Huenxe, in Germany's Rhineland, until their future was decided.
The statement also said she was unsure of the fate of the horses. "First of all there are financial commitments which need to be cleared up between the owner and Kuerten, as well as third parties. There are diverse details, also for the German tax authorities, which need to be sorted out due to the fact that Lady Georgina Forbes is Irish and lives in Switzerland.
"It goes without question that the horses from Lady Georgina Forbes will continue to be provided for and cared for while they are at Jessica Kuerten's facility in Rhineland."
Forbes was the world's leading jumping owner in 2006, following the successes of Libertina, who was second in the World Cup Final that year. Just over a year earlier, Castle Forbes Maike had a top 20 finish at the Olympic Games in Athens.