Lewis Carrier and Diego V withdrawn from FEI U25 European Championships

  • Written By: British Dressage
  • Published: Mon, 22 Aug 2022 17:46

Unfortunately, Lewis Carrier and Diego V have had to be withdrawn from the FEI Dressage European Championships for U25s, taking place this week in Budapest region - Pilisjászfalu, Hungary (24 – 28 August 2022).

Due to complications at the border control point in Calais, the horse was denied entry into France. Lewis will therefore be unable to compete at the European Championships, which leaves the remainder of the British U25 team - Lucy Amy with her own Rudy and Dylan Deutrom with Sarah Church and William Deans’ San Marco - who will now compete as individuals.

British Dressage International Director, Judy Harvey commented; “It was incredibly disappointing to learn that Lewis had experienced difficulties and was unable to continue his journey to Hungary. Lewis and Diego have been on good form all year, so it’s extremely unfortunate that they’ll not have the opportunity to build on the strong results they obtained at last year’s U25 European Championships in Hagen.

“Despite every effort made to resolve the situation, it was to no avail,” she continued. “The necessary office to rectify the problem was closed over the weekend, and in the interests of horse welfare and considering the impossibility of arriving in Hungary in time for the first horse inspection, Lewis and his team had no option but to return home.

“Whilst there’s huge sympathy and disappointment for Lewis, we wish Amy and Dylan, along with our Children on Horses representative Crystal Robinson-Long, every success out in Hungary,” concluded Judy. “They have everything to ride for and we wish them a fantastic Championships.”

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