In her first public statement since being removed from Canada’s 2016 Olympic Eventing team, Selena O’Hanlon declares that Foxwood High (a.k.a.: Woody) continues to be in great form and that she is seeking clarity on what led to the removal.
O’Hanlon and Foxwood High were initially named to the team, but were removed just before the horses left for Rio and replaced with reserve Kathryn Robinson and Let It Bee. EC stated at the time that the replacement was based on “veterinary medical grounds”, but have not provided the records for review. By comparison, it is standard procedure for the US Team to release all details of examinations to athletes and owners.
“I want to thank everybody for the tremendous support I’ve received after being removed from the 2016 Olympic team. Sponsors, fellow riders, owners including Woody’s owners, John and Judy Rumble, have all stood by me and encouraged me during this challenging time.
I want to be very clear that Woody continues to be sound and in excellent condition. Since being named to the team, he has not sustained any injuries or had any changes to his health. In fact, he is now on track to compete at Rolex 4* 2017!
I am hoping to learn more through supporting documentation regarding what led to the decision to have him replaced. This documentation should be the purview of the owners and riders and will give more insight. I look forward to receiving it.
The Games are over, the team did their best, and I’m proud of their accomplishments. I only wish to clear up any speculation about Foxwood High because he, his loyal owners John & Judy Rumble, and all of my support team deserve to have their efforts respected with the facts.”
“I’ve enjoyed having Woody vacation here, but look forward to watching him compete again,” commented John Rumble on having his horse back at his Foxwood Farm home in Schomberg, Ontario, adding that Woody will return to O’Hanlon’s farm in Kingston this fall.
The Canadian Eventing Team Finished in 10th place in Rio. See the full results here.