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Switzerland Withdraws Dressage Team From Olympics

Team???s top rider will not compete in Hong Kong.


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Silvia Ikle has decided not compete at the 2008 Olympics
The Swiss Equestrian Federation has withdrawn its dressage team from the 2008 Hong Kong Olympic Games following a statement by its top dressage rider, Silvia Iklé. Iklé announced that she will not take her 14-year-old gelding Salieri CH to the Games, nor would she allow her second horse, Romario, ridden by teammate Veronika Marthaler, to compete. Iklé cited the humidity, distance and time difference of Hong Kong as reasons not to take her horses.

In a press statement, Iklé said, “Participating in Hong Kong would place extraordinary stresses and strains, exertions I do not wish to impose upon my horses.”

After Iklé’s statement, the Swiss Equestrian Federation decided to withdraw the entire Swiss dressage team from the Games, pointing out that, without Iklé, the team would be weak.

Swiss team trainer Jurgen Koschel has resigned as a result of the Swiss Equestrian Federation’s actions.
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Gesa    Greensboro, NC

1/14/2008 12:33:28 PM

Wow - I wonder if other nations are going to feel the same...

cc    stevensville, MT

1/13/2008 10:52:34 AM

great article!

sabrina    jamestown, KY

1/13/2008 9:24:25 AM

It's about time someone stands up and thinks of their horses before they do their self. I am happy that she done that maybe people will start thinking more about stuff before they do something to their horse but then again some people just don't care..

Anna    Windom, MN

1/12/2008 6:13:44 PM

Good for her! Its wonderful to see someone who clearly puts the horses first! Bravo!

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