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Van Baalen Takes Van Lieren's World Cup Spot

Hexagon’s Ollright, the 11 year old homebred and produced gelding of Dutch rider Laurens van Lieren, will not be competing in Las Vegas in the Rolex FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final. A minor injury of one of the branches of a ligament that already caused his withdrawal from the ‘s-Hertogenbosch horseshow ten days ago made the veterinarians decide to advise against competing in the FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final in Las Vegas, NV, April 18-23, 2007. Laurens van Lieren was very disappointed, especially as he had not expected the decision. "But most important is the well-being of my horse. Both he and I are too young to be sidelined yet. We hope for many more chances to come", reacted Laurens.

Laurens van Lieren is now replaced by the first reserve-rider, Dutch Marlies van Baalen. She will ride KWPN-approved stallion BMC Kigali. The former world show jumping champion as a six year-old partnered with Nathalie van der Mei, will compete in the World Cup Final as a 15 year-old with Marlies van Baalen.

While Baalen sympathized with Dutch team mate Laurens van Lieren, she was also was happy to have the unexpected last minute chance to compete in the Rolex FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final. "BMC Kigali is very fresh and well. By coincidence we just had an extra check yesterday by our vet. I am looking forward to our Frank Sinatra-Freestyle in the USA. And especially I will enjoy seeing Idocus back with Courtney King in Las Vegas. We have a nice mail contact several times a year and it will be very special to compete together now."

Earlier veterinarians advised Australian rider Matthew Dowsley and owner Claudia Harper against going to the FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final to avoid further stress and to be able to start surgery to Dowsley’s horse Cinderella.

Courtesy: The HorseTV Channel News, http://www.horsetv.com


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