More bad luck for the Aussies when Sonja Johnson and Ringwould Jaguar didn't appear for the trot up following their cross country phase.
The Registered Australian Stockhorse 'Jag' was originally trained by Sonja to round up cows on her property back home in Western Australia. It was during this that she discovered his talent for jumping fallen logs and his slight fear of - cows and so Jag had a career change and has taken to eventing like a "duck to water"!
In Kentucky, Jag was jumping beautifully but somewhere on course (Sonja suspects fence 17a down into the water) a spike drove through his boot which punctured the skin and entered right into the joint cavity - I can hear horse owners world wide shuddering at this news! Even more so, when followed by the news that this has resulted in an infection in the joint...
Sonja reports that 'Bear and Pottsy the team vets were amazing'. Jag has undergone two operations in under twelve hours to flush the joint and ihe s expected to make a full recovery - phew! Our thoughts are with you Sonja.
We have also heard that the injury sustained by Inonothing is a fractured patella, and he is also expected to make a full recovery. While not our year in terms of medals, we have certainly been lucky in that the illness and injuries that have befallen our team horses will not have long term effects. In true Aussie spirit We'll be back to fight again in 2012 and again in 2014!
We should add that Stuart Tinney and Vettori had a clear round in the showjumping as did Peter Atkins and the green HJ Hampton. Peter and 'Henry' finished well up in the jumping and climbed nearly 30 places to finish a very creditable 24th. Great things can be expected of this pair in the future. Stuart ended up 8th in the individual rankings - a great result! Chris Burton also did a creditable round with 9 jumping penalties and some time penalties.