Denmark's number one Grand Prix rider Anna Kasprzak will not be traveling to Lyon, France to compete in the 2014 World Cup Finals. Kasprzak sustained a concussion falling off Donnperignon almost two weeks ago and her condition is not good enough for such a high profile event. U.S. based Dane Mikala Gundersen will be replacing her.
After consulting a doctor within Team Denmark, Kasprzak has decided to stay home.
“Pepe and I have spent some hours training and unfortunately my concussion is a bit worse than first anticipated so with the advice from a doctor in Team Denmark I have decided to stay home to recover,” Anna commented. “Because of the accident we have shorter time to prepare for Lyon and I don’t want to put a strain on Pepe to get him ready."
Wellington based Mikala Gundersen will be replacing her. She is one of four Danes qualifying for the 2014 World Cup Final, but only three riders per country are eligible to go. With Kasprzak dropping out, Gundersen can step in. She achieved the second highest average score in the North American World Cup League.
Mikala will be riding Janne Rumbough's 14-year-old Danish Warmblood mare My Lady (by Michellino x Ritterstern).
"I am so excited my horse is going to the World Cup with Mikala in France," Rumbough rejoiced. "All the best wishes to Anna for a fast recovery!"
Gundersen will join Lars Petersen and Nanna Skodborg Merrald to represent Denmark in Lyon.
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