Fri, September 20, 2013

Canadian disqualified due to horse's injury

By BOB MACKIN, QMI Agency


Canadian rider Tiffany Foster, on her horse Victor, competes in the qualifying round of the equestrian jumping event at the London 2012 Olympic Games August 4, 2012. Foster was disqualified before the team show jumping final on August 5, 2012 because of hypersensitivity in her horse's front leg, a decision team captain Eric Lamaze called "a complete miscarriage of justice". Picture taken August 4, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

LONDON - Canadian Tiffany Foster has lost her Olympic mount after Victor was disqualified.

International Equestrian Federation veterinarians found Victor had inflammation and sensitivity on his left forelimb, just above the hoof.

“There is no accusation of malpractice, but the horse has been deemed unfit to compete by the Ground Jury,” said a Sunday statement from the FEI.

Canada has protested to no avail. Hypersensitivity rulings cannot be appealed.

Foster, whose coach is Olympian Eric Lamaze, recovered from a devastating broken back in 2008 and surprised doctors who feared she would not walk again. Foster suffered a crushed vertebrae and surgeons inserted two steel rods, a plate, six screws and six clips.

The rest of the Canadian team, which includes Lamaze, Ian Millar and Jill Henselwood, have advanced to the next round of competition.