Brazilian team rider Pedro Tavares de Almeida has withdrawn from competing at the 2022 World Championships Dressage in Herning, which leaves Brazil without a team as no fourth or reserve rider was appointed.
Almeida's 13-year old home bred Lusitano Famous do Vouga is not fit to compete.
"Unfortunately after our first international GP victory and just weeks before the World Equestrian Games in Denmark Famous got travel sickness," the 28-year old Pedro explained. "Thinking about the well-being of this great horse we choose to withdraw from the games, Famous is already feeling better and soon will be ready for the next challenges. It is all about the journey not the destination."
For 10 days Famous was hospitalized in an equine clinic in Düsseldorf, Germany, for treatment of a lung infection, the owner reported.
Pedro and Famous were selected for Herning alongside João Vitor Marcari Oliva (Escorial Horsecampline) and Nuno Chaves de Almeida (Feel Good VO).
"After a long journey away from home i couldn’t be more proud or thankful to Famous, this great companion that was born and raised at our stud farm in Brazil," said Pedro, who is currently training in Spain with Jose Antonio Garcia Mena.
Famous do Vouga is by Riopele out of Vindima Vouga (by Famoso x Uranio).
Pedro and Famous made their international show debut in May 2021 at the CDI Abrantes in Portugal. That year they also scored in Cascais and Le Mans. In 2022 they rode at the CDI's in Jerez, Beloura, Camarma de Esteruelas and most recently at the CDI Segovia at the beginning of July where they scored a double victory with a 70.522% score in the Grand Prix and 72.426% in the Special.
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