Brash withdraws from World Equestrian Games

04 September 2014 / 17:08

It is with future competitions in mind that Team GBR chose to withdraw world number one Scott Brash from the remainder of the World Equestrian Games.

Brash was lying in 36th position overnight in the individual competition, with the 28-year-old Scotsman the only one of a British team including Michael Whitaker, Joe Clee and Spencer Roe still in action after the quartet failed to qualify for Thursday’s ten-nation final.

The team result meant Great Britain failed to secure qualification for the Rio 2016 Olympics, and they must now wait until next year's European Championships for another opportunity.

Meanwhile, Brash's withdrawal means there is no British showjumping interest left at the World Equestrian Games, with individual medals not being decided until Sunday.

"Scott Brash will unfortunately not be going forward to contest the individual round of the showjumping competition at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games," Team GBR said.

"The decision has been taken in consultation with the rider, Hello Sanctos's owners, Lord and Lady Harris and Lady Kirkham, the Great Britain chef d'equipe (Rob Hoekstra) and chef de mission (Will Connell).

"There is a lot of jumping still to do in the individual qualifying competition; a lot of ground to make up on the leaderboard, and the likelihood of qualifying for the Individual final with the standard of jumping here this week is not likely.

"With the horse in mind and looking ahead to the forthcoming Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup in Barcelona, next year's European Championships and beyond, the decision has been made to withdraw the horse from further competition this week."

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