July 22, 2016–The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has substituted a horse on the U.S. Olympic Eventing Team for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Phillip Dutton (West Grove, Pa.) has withdrawn Caroline Moran, Simon Roosevelt, and Thomas Tierney’s Fernhill Cubalawn, due to veterinary concerns. Dutton’s direct reserve, Mighty Nice, HND Group’s 2004 Irish Sport Horse gelding, will replace Fernhill Cubalawn. Fernhill Cubalawn sustained a minor injury while training and is expected to make a full recovery.
Further information regarding the U.S. Olympic Eventing Team selection process can be found on USEF.org. All nominations to the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team are subject to approval by the United States Olympic Committee.
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