Britain’s Don Carissimo Ridden by Gareth Hughes Sustains Minor Injury, Pulled from European Championships

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Don Carissimo with Gareth Hughes during the veterinary check at the European Championships. © 2017 Pelle Wedenmark/dressage-news.com

GOTHENBURG, Sweden, Aug. 21, 2017–Don Carissimo, the 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding ridden by Gareth Hughes, sustained a minor injury and has been withdrawn from the European Championships leaving Great Britain with a team of three combinations.

Don Carissimo was to be re-presented at the veterinary inspection Monday after questions during horse inspection Sunday, but the British Equestrian Federation said in a statement Monday:

“After further veterinary investigation overnight, it has been confirmed that Don Carissimo has sustained a sudden injury, and the decision was made, in conjunction with Gareth and the owners, to withdraw him from the competition.”

“We are all very disappointed,” said Gareth, “but Darcy’s welfare comes first. He traveled out well with the rest of the British team horses and arrived sound and well, and felt great in training yesterday. The GB veterinary team are continuing to monitor Darcy and I am hopeful for a speedy recovery.”

The withdrawal of Don Carissimo cones after Weekend Fun ridden by Emil Faurie was swapped out of the team and replaced by Lollipop.

Don Carissimo began his Big Tour career just 11 months ago and has become Britain’s third ranked international Grand Prix combination behind Carl Hester on Nip Tuck and Spencer Wilton on Super Nova II.

Gareth competed DV Stenkjers Nadonna on the British bronze medal team at the 2013 Europeans.