Injury has forced showjumper Sharn Wordley and Verdini D’Houtveld Z to withdraw from the New Zealand team for the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Uma O’Neill and Clockwise of Greenhill Z, the previous travelling reserve, now move into the team alongside Bruce Goodin aboard Backatorps Danny V and Daniel Meech aboard Cinca 3, with Tom Tarver and Popeye the new travelling reserve.

Uma O’Neill & Clockwise of Greenhill Z . Copyright Photo: Kathy Russell Photography

Sharn is bitterly disappointed to have to withdraw. “The timing is bad but the good news is that the horse will be fine,” he said. “The horse’s welfare always comes first. He is a young and very talented horse who has a huge career ahead of him. I wish our team the best of luck at Tokyo. I will be cheering them on.”

Tom Tarver-Priebe and Fiber Fresh Popeye. Copyright Photo: Libby Law Photography

The showjumping competition at the Tokyo Olympic Games gets underway with the individual qualifier on August 3 with an evening session at the Equestrian Park, followed by the individual final the following day. The jumping team qualifier is on August 6, with the final the day after.

Bruce Goodin and Backatorps Danny V owned by owed by Backatorps Ryder AB and Bruce and Ulrika Goodin
Daniel Meech and Cinca 3 owned by Johnson Horses GmbH and Daniel Meech
Uma O’Neill and Clockwise of Greenhill Z owned by Uma O’Neill Showjumping

Travelling reserve:
Tom Tarver and Popeye owned by Lucinda Voss and Tom Tarver

By Diana Dobson – HP Media Liaison
Photos by Libby Law/ESNZ