Belgium's Gudrun Patteet out of Longines FEI World Cup Final after horse rejected by vet

Gudrun Patteet and SEA COAST PEBBLES Z at the CSIO of La Baule in 2017
Credit : Scoopdyga

Wednesday 03 April - 11h24 | Ian Clayton

Belgium's Gudrun Patteet out of Longines FEI World Cup Final after horse rejected by vet

"I’m very sad to announce that Pebbles and I will not be competing in the World Cup Final."

 - Belgium's Gudrun Patteet out of Longines FEI World Cup Final after horse rejected by vet

Credit : Gudrun Patteet fan page (Facebook)

That was the announcement from Belgian rider Gudrun Patteet earlier this morning. The 55th-ranked show jumper in the world broke the news after her World Cup Final horse Sea Coast Pebbles Z was not accepted for the competition in Gothenburg, Sweden due to a habitual movement of his leg. The entries list has already been amended with Patteet's two other non-World Cup horses still listed. 

The rest of the rider's statement follows: 

"The vet at this show has decided not to accept him as fit to compete because of his stringhalt . (Pebbles always lifts up his right hind leg much higher then the left one). All winter he has passed vet checks, moving this way, at all 5* shows and world cup qualifiers. He did great results and qualified us for this final. 
But unfortunately here they decided not to accept him. 
I am trying to understand why they accepted him at all the other vet checks , where he was moving the same way, but not here at the final.... 
I will stay here the rest of the week to compete in the other classes with my 2 other horses and to support my Belgian teammates for the final."

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