Kathryn Robinson to Replace Selena O’Hanlon on Canadian Olympic Team

Kathryn Robinson and Let It Bee (CAN). Photo by Leslie Wylie. Kathryn Robinson and Let It Bee (CAN). Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Equestrian Canada and the Canadian Olympic Committee have just confirmed that Kathryn Robinson and Let It Be, previously named as the reserve horse/rider combination for eventing, will replace Selena O’Hanlon and Foxwood High, who were officially nominated to the Team on July 14.

From Equestrian Canada:

The athlete and horse replacement was implemented in accordance with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Late Athlete Replacement policy based on veterinary medical grounds concerning O’Hanlon’s declared horse, Foxwood High, a 13-year-old Canadian Sport Horse gelding owned by John and Judy Rumble.

Following official approval from the FEI, IOC and COC, Robinson – who was the first reserve eventing athlete nominated to the COC — was officially appointed as the substitute for Canada’s four-member eventing team, partnered with Let It Bee, her 15-year-old Westphalian gelding.

Following the replacement, the full Canadian Olympic Team for eventing at the Games is as follows:

Rebecca Howard (Marlborough, UK) and Blithe Hill Farm’s Riddle Master

Colleen Loach (Dunham, QC) and Peter Barry’s Qorry Blue d’Argouges

Jessica Phoenix (Cannington, ON) and Donald Leschied’s A Little Romance

Kathryn Robinson (Kettering, UK) and her own Let It Bee

The narrative of the naming of the Canadian eventing squad has been anything but straightforward. Kathryn was originally named to the team in the public team announcement on July 14, but was later relegated to a traveling reserve after Jessica Phoenix, originally named as the reserve, subsequently lodged and won an appeal to be placed on the team.

[Eventing Athlete and Horse Replacement Implemented for Canadian Equestrian Team at 2016 Rio Olympic Games]