The French duo Jessica Michel-Botton and Dorian Grey de Hus, which finished fifth at last year's World Championships for Young Dressage Horses in Ermelo, has been withdrawn from the 2019 edition.
Michel and Xavier Marie's 6-year old Selle Français bred Dorian Grey (by Don Juan de Hus x Sandro Hit) are in Holland at Resim Dressage in Harskamp, where they wanted to prepared themselves for their Ermelo start.
Unfortunately the chestnut got injured during the lay-over in Belgium in a stable incident. Dorian Grey spooked from a stallion that climbed the wall in the box next to him and he knocked his left hind while jumping away from the stallion.
"It's a superficial injury and it doesn't bother him, but it's too short notice to recover before the vet inspection tomorrow," said Michel. "Furthermore the physical integrity of the horse remains a priority for us. My hope for a medal has evaporated and I hope we'll get the chance to return next year and show what we are capable of. The future belongs to us."
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Eurodressage Coverage of the 2019 World Championships for Young Dressage Horses