The Canadian Eventing Team has been shuffled yet again. Just days before the Rio Olympics are set to start, Equestrian Canada (EC) and the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) have confirmed an athlete and horse replacement. Effective July 28, Kathryn Robinson from Kettering, UK and Let It Bee, previously named as the reserve horse/rider combination for eventing after being displaced by Jessica Phoenix and A Little Romance, will now replace Selena O’Hanlon from Kingston, ON, and Foxwood High after there were apparent soundness issues regarding the 13-year-old Canadian Sport Horse gelding owned by John and Judy Rumble.
The athlete and horse replacement was implemented in accordance with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Late Athlete Replacement policy, based on veterinary medical grounds. Following official approval from the FEI, IOC and COC, Robinson was officially appointed as the substitute for Canada’s four-member eventing team, partnered with Let It Bee, her 15-year-old Westphalian gelding.
The eventing portion of the Games gets underway with the dressage phase on Saturday, Aug. 6 and 7 at the Olympic Equestrian Centre in the Deodoro cluster of Rio de Janeiro. Cross-country takes place on Aug. 8 with the stadium jumping phase on Aug. 9. To recap, the Canadian Eventing Team for Rio currently consists of:
Rebecca Howard / Riddle Master
Colleen Loach / Qorry Blue d’Argouges
Jessica Phoenix / A Little Romance
Kathryn Robinson / Let It Bee
No travelling reserve will be sent. Stay tuned for new developments as they become available.