Michael Jung Withdraws fischerRocana FST from WEG

Michael Jung and fischerRocana FST. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Michael Jung has withdrawn fischerRocana FST from the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games after the mare sustained an injury to her left front fetlock in training.

“According to the veterinarian, it is a minor injury, but it takes time,” Michael said. “Unfortunately, this time is too short until the departure and we could not complete the last training sessions.”

fischerRocana FST, a 13-year-old German Sport Horse mare, won the individual silver medal at the 2014 WEG and was considered a heavy favorite for Tryon. This is the first time since 2009 that Michael Jung will not appear on the German team at a major championships.

Sandra Auffarth and Viamant du Matz have been called up off the reserve list to take the open slot on the German squad. Sandra won individual gold with Opgun Louvo at the 2014 WEG, and 9-year-old Viamant du Matz will make his team debut for Germany.

“I’m confident that Viamant du Matz will keep his ascending form and perform well with his experienced rider in Tryon,” German┬áteam coach Hans Melzer commented.