Another loss for Canada’s eventing team

Jessica Phoenix and Pavarotti
Jessica Phoenix and Pavarotti. © Cealy Tetley,

Canadian eventing horse A Little Romance has been withdrawn from the country’s team for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, following an injury sustained during training.

Ridden by Jessica Phoenix, A Little Romance (A Fine Romance x Donaufurst) is expected to make a full recovery.

The nine-year-old Canadian-bred thoroughbred-trakehner cross mare is owned by Donald and Anita Leschied.

“This past Friday A Little Romance was completing her last gallop before leaving for the WEG when she pulled a shoe causing her foot to abscess,” said Jessica Phoenix of Uxbridge, Ontario.

“Don and Anita Leschied and I feel it’s in A Little Romance’s best interest to withdraw her from the WEG as she heals from this injury. We want to thank Equine Canada for their diligence, assistance and support in handling this situation and for giving A Little Romance the opportunity to represent Canada. This horse has an amazing future ahead of her and we are excited to see her back in competition in the near future.”

Phoenix is in the fortunate position of being selected with an alternate horse for the Games, which start in Normandy, France, on August 23.

Pavarotti (Pavarotti vd Helle x Foxiland), a 12-year-old Westphalian gelding owned by Don J. Good, has been selected by the Canadian Eventing High Performance Committee to replace A Little Romance.

It is the second change for the selected team, after British-based rider Kathryn Robinson was deemed ineligible because she had not declared herself as a candidate for WEG selection by the mandatory deadline. She and her mount, Let it Bee, were replaced by Peter Barry with Kilrodan Abbott. The remaining two team members are Hawley Bennett-Awad with Gin & Juice, and Selena O’Hanlon with Foxwood High.

The Canadian team trains under the leadership of Clayton Fredericks, International Technical Advisor. Eventing chef d’équipe, Jacky Green, team veterinarian, Dr. Christiana Ober, team manager, Fleur Tipton, stable manager, Max Corcoran, team farrier, Randy Pawlak and team therapist, Jo Ann Wilson will accompany and provide support to the team throughout the Games.

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