Marieke van der Putten has withdrawn her horse Torveslettens Titanium from competing in tonight's Kur to Music at the 2023 World Cup Finals in Omaha, U.S.A.
Her horse Torveslettens Titanium has a colic scare and in his best interest it has been decided to pull him from competition.
Van der Putten and the 11-year old Danish warmblood Torveslettens Titanium (by Totilas x Stedinger) placed 8th in Friday's Grand Prix class, posting 70.776 %.
"Unfortunately not the test that I hoped for. Titanium RS2 got overwhelmed by the amazing arena and we had to many big mistakes. Hope we do better on Friday," Van der Putten took to Instagram on Wednesday.
Two hours after Eurodressage posted the unfortunate news, the Dutch equestrian federation (KNHS) stated that, "Titanium is showing mild colic signs, something he's never had before. It's a big blow for the entire team surrounding the combination, but it's the right decision to pull the horse from competition.'
The pair premiered at international Grand Prix level in May 2021. They won bronze at the 2022 Dutch Championships and represented The Netherlands at the World Championships in Herning, where they were 31st in the Grand Prix. This winter the 40-year old Van der Putten competed Titanium at the World Cup qualifiers in Stuttgart, Mechelen, Amsterdam, Neumunster and Den Bosch. Their CDI-W kur best score was 81.355% in Mechelen.
Van der Putten's withdrawal brings the starters' field for the freestyle finals in Omaha to only 13 pairs. Yesterday, Ingrid Klimke withdrew Franziskus because he took a "misstep", on Wednesday Dinja van Liere withdrew Hermes for being not fit to compete. Only 16 horses arrived in Omaha instead of the usual 18.
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