August 5, 2012
Canadian disqualified due to horse's injury
By BOB MACKIN, QMI Agency
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.