Olympics: British Show Jumping Horse Reported Lame, Withdrawn

The British Olympic Association and the British Olympic Equestrian Team have decided to withdraw Portofino 63, ridden by Michael Whitaker, from the show jumping competition due to lameness.

The team veterinarian has carried out an extensive investigation but as yet has been unable to target the source of the problem.

Portofino 63, a 16.3hh 14-year-old bay mare owned by Gillespie Equestrian, was reported sound during pre-export quarantine in the UK and upon arrival in Hong Kong. The problem has developed over the past 48 hours.

It has been decided that it is in the horse's best interests to withdraw her before the horse inspection.

The reserve horse, Russel, ridden by Nick Skelton, now comes into the squad of four. Owned by Lisa Hales, Russel is a 16.2hh gray stallion.

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