Olympic Update: French Team Shuffles After Qing du Brio Withdrawal

Christopher Six and Totem de Brecey. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

The French team will call up its original traveling reserve, Christopher Six and, to join the Tokyo team after Thibaut Vallette’s ride Qing du Brio sustained a bone bruise in one of his feet. The traveling reserve for France will now be Karim Lagouagh and Triton Fontaine.

Thibaut posted the following statement on his social media (please forgive any translation errors, as this text is translated from French):

“Qing has a slight tenderness in one foot. For the team and out of respect for Qing, we cannot take the risk of going to the Games with a horse that is not at 100% of its capacity.

It’s a big disappointment, finishing on this Olympic deadline for our 6th selection would have been a great end of career for this horse with an extraordinary course. We will take care of him.

I leave my place to a great teammate, Christo who deserves to go and defend the colors of France 🇫🇷”

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