The bad news continues for Team Canada this evening with word that Michelle Mueller’s horse Amistad has been withdrawn from the Olympics and will be retired from competing. Michelle Mueller has released the following statement on her website:
“After conferring with the Canadian Team Vet, Amistad will be withdrawn from the Olympic competition due to a torn tendon and will be retired from competing.“
Michelle and Amistad completed the Olympic course today with one stop and 43.2 time penalties. Amistad is a 13 year old 3/4 TB gelding, owned by Julie Pring. Michelle started riding him in 2005.
I am heartbroken for Michelle that the career of her fabulous long-time partner has come to an end. Amistad is a really world class horse who was just reaching the peak of his career. He gave everything he had to Michelle and Canada today and although his career is over he can look forward to a happy retirement.
In other Team Canada news, we have received word from Equine Canada that Hawley Bennett is under observation in the hospital tonight for a concussion and stable sacral fracture. Fortunately Hawley is expected to make a full recovery with rest.