Mollie Summerland (GBR), the youngest ever winner of the CCI5* at Luhmühlen, Germany, revealed that her stable star Charly van ter Heiden picked up an injury at the event and will miss the rest of the 2021 season.
The unfortunate setback comes on the heels of the announcement that Britain will now host a 5* Burghley replacement event at Bicton, at which Summerland would likely have competed.
On her Facebook page, the 23-year-old posted:
“After Charly returning from Luhmühlen completely sound and well, I’m upset to have to share the news that earlier this week upon a routine post competition scan, he has picked up a very small injury that luckily we have found early. This horse owes me absolutely nothing and although I was incredibly excited to have been long listed for the Senior Europeans, we have decided not to risk eventing Charly for the rest of this year.
“He will be back out Eventing at the beginning of next season but we want to put him first over everything else and take great care of him now, knowing what an exciting future he has. Charly has given me his whole heart and looked after me countless times over and I owe it to him to give him this time he needs.
“Although it’s been a shorter season for him, he has finished it LEADING the British Eventing Official Top Horses League, a Team Nations Cup Winner and best of all, a 5* Winner. Thank you my special Charly, I’m already counting down the days until we can be out Eventing together again.”
Summerland made her 2* debut this past weekend with the seven-year-old gelding Flow 7 at Keysoe, GBR, where they finished fourth.