Ben Maher, in consultation with owners Charlotte Rossetter and Pamela Wright, have made the difficult decision to withdraw their Olympic gold medallist Explosion W from the ECCO FEI World Championships due to competition fitness.
Ben explained; “We’re incredibly disappointed to have to take this decision but Explosion W just isn’t quite at his peak fitness to take on the demands of this championship. He’s well in himself but jumping championship tracks over consecutive days takes a great deal of stamina. He’s simply too special a horse to risk so, with his welfare at the forefront of my mind I felt this was the best action.”
Ben Maher will now partner his direct replacement horse, Oakingham Stud’s Faltic HB at the upcoming ECCO FEI World Championships in Herning, Denmark.
“Oakingham Stud’s Faltic HB has jumped fantastically this season, I’m really looking forward to being part of a very exciting British team in Herning,” added Ben.
The Agria FEI World Jumping Championships get underway on Monday 8 August with the horse inspection and the first jumping action is on Wednesday 10 August.
Faltic HB details: bay, stallion, 16.1hh, 12yrs, Baltic VDL x Concorde, Owner: Oakingham Stud, Breeder: H. A. Brinkman NED.