From the Equestrian section of RIO 2016
Parzival, a top level dressage horse, is on his way back home from the RIO 2016 Olympics after encountering a bite from an unknown animal which has triggered a serious illness.
Checking with a vet Cornelissen was told that the swelling was probably due to an insect bite that left toxins behind.
The horse with his rider Adelinde Cornelissen won a silver medal together in the London 2012 Olympics as well as a team bronze; she said that she could tell that he was “off” as soon as they entered the arena. She bowed out and arranged to send him home.
With care, Parzival was on the road to recovery, and perhaps another day would have made the difference, but a request to change their team order to give the horse more time to recover was refused.
Canadians won’t be able to cheer “Captain Canada” for the first time in 40 years. His horse is off needing surgery.
Ian Millar had an alternate horse but it wasn’t ready for the Olympics. He will be there in spirit though, his daughter Ami Millar will be on the four person team.
Friday the dressage finals were held with Germany taking gold, the British took silver and the US garnered a bronze.
The New Zealand eventing team had to make a horse and rider substitution when a horse was injured overnight by an exposed pipe which cut the horse’s cheek badly enough to require stitches. The NZ eventers were fortunate to have a reserve team to fill the gap.
Equestrian show jumping finals will be held on August 19.
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