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Asimismo, en la disciplina se ha cambiado el “Avance de Programa” del Campeonato de España (Absoluto y Juveniles) que tendrá lugar este mes (13

Asimismo, en la disciplina se ha cambiado el “Avance de Programa” del Campeonato de España (Absoluto y Juveniles) que tendrá lugar este mes (13-16) en el club madrileño La Dehesa, de tal forma que en el jurado estará el francés Alain James en vez de su compatriota Marie Christine de Laurière (ex Duroy). La examazona multiolímpica tiene un gran prestigio y lógico conocimiento, al igual que James que fue Presidente del Jurado en los pasados JEM.

  [caption id="attachment_26306" align="aligncenter" width="1209"]Andrew Nicholson con NEREO antes del cross en los JEM 2014 Andrew Nicholson con NEREO antes del cross en los JEM 2014[/caption]  

Avance programa Cto. España 2014

 

Equestrian: Nicholson stands down

 
 Andrew Nicholson has asked to be withdrawn from next years Equestrian Sport New Zealand high performance squad following fallout from his disagreement with a vet at the World Equestrian Games in August.
The seven-time Olympian confronted the vet over what he perceived as a lack of duty of care monitoring his mount, Nereo, after the cross-country phase when the horse was placed on a routine intravenous rehydration drip to prepare for the following days show jumping. The Herald on Sunday understands a complaint was made by ESNZ high performance officials Sarah Harris and Erik Duvander to the world governing bodys judiciary committee about Nicholsons behaviour. It was subsequently withdrawn. "I was so disgusted I decided to take myself out of the high performance programme," Nicholson said. "My dissatisfaction with the vet was purely over Nereos welfare, which I make no apology for prioritising at all times." Harris said she could make no comment on any incident until reviews of the World Equestrian Games and annual High Performance Sport New Zealand funding were complete. HPSNZ chief executive Alex Baumann could not be contacted for comment on whether it would affect equestrians annual funding, or if mediation was under way. ESNZ received $2.05 million of taxpayer high performance funding this year and are scheduled to receive $7.45 million across the 2013-16 cycle. However, that investment is weighted towards the presence of the 53-year-old Nicholson, who picked up his fifth Burghley title, and third in a row on Avebury, this year. Nicholson doesnt believe optimum care was provided for his horse during the World Equestrian Games. He alleges Nereo was left without veterinary assistance on several occasions and that he had to find someone to phone the vet and track them down. "Thats not what you expect at a world championships for a horse of that calibre," he said. "Also, there were only two horses - [the other being Jonelle Prices Classic Moet] - to look after at that stage of the competition. "That was the sole basis for why I was angry. I regret the incident but Im not going to apologise. "There was a robust discussion and an argument. Two members of the management team, Sarah Harris and Erik Duvander, signed the complaint against me. "We had subsequent discussions where I said, I cant believe how youre treating me. Im removing myself from the [2015] high performance squad. They subsequently withdrew their complaint and I wasnt asked to apologise." Nicholson will compete as normal next year and his self-imposed exile will make little material difference given there are no team competitions scheduled in the next 12 months. Hes likely to compete at an eighth Olympic Games in Rio in 2016, when a strong New Zealand team is likely to be assembled. Hes previously won three team medals but is still chasing an elusive individual medal - he finished fourth in London. Nicholson will not contemplate relaxing his stance regarding the high performance squad until the debriefing of the event is complete and his concerns have been listened to in full. "Im placing faith in the high-performance review process to help rectify the problems. Ultimately, the team didnt deliver at the World Games, despite significant government funding. We have to be realistic in reviewing that." Prices fourth place was the best finish by a New Zealander at the World Equestrian Games. Nicholson was ninth. The other team riders - Sir Mark Todd, Jock Paget and Tim Price - did not finish. The incident continues a difficult period for ESNZ in the wake of Jock Pagets year-long ban after his horse, Clifton Promise, tested positive for a prohibited substance at last years Burghley. He was cleared this year and returned to competition. - Herald on Sunday

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