Eventing

Canadian equestrian withdraws from Olympic event due to horse's injury

Canada's Jessica Phoenix and Pavarotti have withdrawn from eventing at the Tokyo Olympics because of the horse's injury.

Jessica Phoenix, Equestrian Canada decided not to present Pavarotti at inspection

Canada's Jessica Phoenix and Pavarotti, pictured during the 2019 Pan Am Games, withdrew from eventing at the Tokyo Olympics due to an injury sustained by the horse. (Daniel Apuy/Getty Images for FEI)

Canada's Jessica Phoenix and Pavarotti have withdrawn from eventing at the Tokyo Olympics because of the horse's injury.

The 19-year-old gelding owned by Phoenix, of Cannington, Ont., sustained a minor injury in Tuesday's final training session in Tokyo. Phoenix and Equestrian Canada decided not to present Pavarotti at Thursday's horse inspection.

"We were so excited to see Pavarotti finally take on Olympic competition, but horse health and safety remains priority number one," eventing team chef d'equipe Fleur Tipton said in a statement Thursday.

"We are thankful that Pavarotti's injury is minor and eternally grateful to his care team for ensuring his comfort and ability to fully recover.

"Jessica and Pavarotti are a team for the ages and we fully support them both through this heartbreaking turn of events."

Phoenix and Pavarotti won Pan Am Games individual gold in 2011 in Mexico and silver in Toronto in 2015. The duo helped Canada win two team silver and a bronze in the last three Pan Am Games.

Colleen Loach of Dunham, Que., and Qorry Blue d'Argouges will represent Canada in eventing in Tokyo.

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