Tim Price’s Rio Olympic and Kentucky Three-Day-Event hopeful Wesko is injured and will sit out the rest of the season.
The combination was runner-up to Michael Jung at last year’s RK3DE 4*, but a soft tissue injury has forced his withdrawal from this year’s event, which gets under way on April 28.
“I was looking forward to Michel bringing his A-game to Kentucky and I really felt this year was going to be our year,” said Price, who heads to Kentucky this weekend to ride Bango in the RK3DE. “I am disappointed and saddened that’s not going to be the case.”
Wesko, a Dutch-bred 14-year-old, is owned by Christina Knudsen and the Wesko Syndicate. In 2014 he and Price won the CCI4* at Luhmühlen, and last year were third in the CCI4* at Pau.
He was one of three Price has on the Eventing Team New Zealand High Performance Squad, and his main Olympic hopeful.
“He has gone his whole life so far 100% injury-free. It’s really poor timing,” Price said.