Boyd Martin announced this morning that he is withdrawing overnight leader Shamwari 4 prior to the final horse inspection at Luhmühlen CCI4* due to an injury sustained on cross country yesterday.
He released the following statement to EN:
“Unfortunately I have decided to withdraw Shamwari from today’s showjumping. When I finished the cross country yesterday he looked sore in his hind leg. A number of the top vets here at the competition all agreed that he has strained his hind tendon, and it would not be right to try to present him for the trot up. It is a very rare injury.
“Shamwari has been in good health and had a wonderful preparation towards this year’s Luhmühlen CCI4*. He has been closely monitored by Dr. Kevin Keane, Dr. Susan Johns and Dr. Dean Richardson through his whole preparation and through this event. He had no pre-existing issue coming into this event and we were looking forward to a great result.
“Being a 16-year-old horse, this will most likely be the end of Shamwari competing at the top of the sport. It has been an absolute privilege to ride him. He is one of the best horses I have ever ridden, and it was sad that he never won a four-star. I truly thought that this weekend was his. I would like to thank his owners in the Shamwari Syndicate, Silva and Nox, coach Erik Duvander, his groom Mike Pendleton and my vet Kev Keane. I look forward to get Shammie back to the promised land for him to heal up.”
Jonelle Price and Faerie Dianimo are the new leaders following Shamwari’s withdrawal. The final horse inspection starts at 8:15 a.m./2:15 a.m. EST, with CCI4* show jumping set to start at 10:30 a.m./4:30 a.m. EST.