British Olympian Kitty King has withdrawn from next week’s Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials.
King’s Badminton entry and Rio Olympics ride Ceylor LAN suffered a knock during training for the event and will not be risked.
The Wiltshire-based rider would have been a strong contender at Badminton, which starts next Thursday and this year carries a record £100,000 first prize.
Writing on her Facebook page, 34-year-old King said: “Devastated to be writing this post, but I have made the tough decision to withdraw Ceylor LAN from Badminton Horse Trials.
“He has been on fantastic form this spring and has felt better than ever. I felt we had every chance to have a really competitive run.
“Unfortunately, he has knocked himself in training and Sprout’s (Ceylor LAN’s) owners and I don’t feel we should be risking him and his bright future when he is only 10-years-old.
“I’m extremely disappointed for his wonderful owners, who have been so supportive, and my home team, who have put so much work into our Badminton build-up.”
Germany’s Michael Jung, the reigning Olympic individual champion and Badminton title holder, will start as favourite for what is regarded as world eventing’s premier four-star competition.