Roos Out, Pauluis on Valentin to Join Belgian Team at 2021 European Dressage Championships

Sun, 09/05/2021 - 17:10
Laurence Roos and Fil Rouge at the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo :: Photo © Astrid Appels

Just one day before the horse inspection at the 2021 European Dressage Championships in Hagen, Belgium had to carry through a last minute replacement to its team. 

Belgian Olympian Laurence Roos will not be competing her long-timer equine partner Fil Rouge (by Stedinger x Argentinus). The horse is not fit to compete. 

"And then it feels like the world stops turning," Roos took to Facebook. "Fil Rouge pulled something this week. We will not be able to travel to the European Championships on Saturday. I hope that he's soon be his youthful seld and can shine again in the arena."

The first reserve rider, Larissa Pauluis, will be substituting but she is not taking her Tokyo Olympic ride Flambeau (by Ampere x Zeoliet) but her second Grand Prix horse Valentin, a Westfalian stallion by Vitalis x Fidermark. 

The other three Belgian team riders are Domien Michiels (Intermezzo van het Meerdaalhof), Alexa Fairchild (Dabanos d'O4) and Thibault Vandenberghe (Santiago Song).

Photo © Astrid Appels

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