Heartbreak for Rose as lame horse foils Olympic bid
|Heartbreak for Rose as lame horse foils Olympic bid - 23rd Jul 2012|
A tearful Shane Rose has spoken of his heartache at missing out on a berth on Australia's eventing team after his horse Taurus was ruled out with a leg injury today.|
Rose, who was a silver medallist at the Beijing Games, wiped away tears at the end of his press conference and said he would be returning to Australia on Tuesday.
''I've got a business and a baby girl to go home to,'' he said. ''(The) Olympic Games is not a very nice place to be if you're not accredited and don't have tickets.''
Reserve rider Megan Jones, who was also part of the eventing team that won silver four years ago, will take his place in the team with her horse Allofasudden.
''It's pretty devastating really,'' Rose said.
''If the Games were on tomorrow we probably could have managed him through them, it's only a minor injury, but being a week away, we didn't feel there was enough time ... to prepare him.''
The 39-year-old said he agreed with the vet's decision to rule the horse out of the Games.
Equestrian section manager Brett Mace said late withdrawals were common in equestrian events. "This is not uncommon for a horse to sustain an injury of this nature close of a major campaign and while the injury is not serious, there is just not enough time for recovery with just under a week to go.
''The team now needs to focus on finalising preparation, and while Shane will be a loss, we feel our medal chances remain just as strong," he said.
The inclusion of Jones and Allofasudden is subject to official approval, but Mace did not see this as being an issue.
Courtesy Fairfax Digital and www.smh.com.au