Italy's individual Olympic dressage representative in Tokyo, Francesco Zaza, has withdrawn from competing at the 2021 European Championships in Hagen.
Zaza and the 18-year old Hanoverian mare Wispering Romance (by Weltmeyer x Bergkristall), owned by Raimondo Bozzetti and Marco Montosi, finished 43rd in the Grand Prix with 66.941% at the 2021 Olympics.
The pair was now selected as one of four combinations to represent Italy at the 2021 Europeans in Hagen alongside Nausicaa Maroni (Embajador SG), Tatiana Miloserdova (Florento Fortuna) and Valentina Truppa (Ranieri).
Zaza confirmed to Eurodressage that he prefers to rest his horse as she sustained a minor injury.
"Wispering has a light bruise on the right foot so I prefer to withdraw her from the European championship," Zaza explained. "She deserves a happy rest after Tokyo 2020."
The first reserve is Roberto Brenna on the 13-year old Hanoverian Diamant (by Desperados x Daidalos), owned by Remo Moretti. He will substitute for Zaza.
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