Team GBR can confirm that Tom McEwen and Toledo de Kerser have been withdrawn from competition for the FEI Eventing European Championships in Luhmühlen from 28 August – 1 September 2019.
Toledo de Kerser is no longer fit to compete following a minor incident during routine work at home.
Pippa Funnell MBE has been brought in to replace him, riding her own and Marek Sebastak’s Majas Hope. Pippa has competed in ten championship teams – winning seven European medals – and has represented Great Britain at three Olympic Games.
Team GBR Performance Director Vikki Underwood said: “I’m very sad for Tom not being able to represent his country on this occasion. The welfare of the horse is our paramount concern, and this talented partnership will no doubt represent us again in the future. We are absolutely confident that Pippa will be the perfect replacement because she brings such a wealth of experience and team spirit.”
Eventing Chef d’Equipe Richard Waygood commented: “This is a sad loss for us, and obviously disappointing for Tom and all his connections, but we still have an exceptionally strong team heading to Luhmuhlen.”
Tom McEwen said: “Obviously I’m very disappointed not to be competing in Luhmühlen. This was a very minor accident but given how close we are to the Championships, I thought the most prudent step was to withdraw. The welfare of my horses is always my number one priority, and I would not consider competing Toledo de Kerser unless he was on top form. As upset as I am not to be travelling with the team to Germany, I will absolutely be cheering them on back home.
One of Toledo de Kerser’s owners, Jane Inns, commented “It’s disappointing, but this was a minor accident and we all agreed that he shouldn’t take such a long journey to Germany in the next few days. Toledo de Kerser is such a talented horse and his welfare is of course our top priority.”