DHI Topper W, ridden by Piggy French, has incurred an injury that means he will not be fit to compete at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The British Olympic Association (BOA) has confirmed that Nicola Wilson (35) from Northallerton, North Yorkshire, has been selected to replace Piggy.
Nicola will ride Opposition Buzz, a 15-year-old gelding owned by Miss Rosemary Search
Commenting on her selection Nicola Wilson said: “It’s horrific and fabulous at the same time; I just don’t know what to say; I’m devastated for Piggy and wouldn’t wish this on anybody, she’s become a very close friend and I feel for her so much.
“What an emotional rollercoaster, obviously I’m so excited for Rosemary, myself and my support team but so saddened at the same time for it to be at the expense of such a good friend. To be thinking about London now is amazing though - having very much told myself it wouldn’t happen. We’ll definitely be ready.”
Piggy French was understandably devastated, with both of her Olympic hopes - Jakarta and DHI Topper - incurring injuries that have ruled them out of the Games.
“What can I say, I am devastated; my dreams are shattered but most of all I feel so sorry for my support team that have been such a vital part of my success and also for my family and joint owners, the Underwoods," she said.
Eventing Performance Manager Yogi Breisner commented: "I feel extremely sorry for Piggy and it is a real shame not to be able to have her on the team. I am sure a rider of Piggy's talent, and with the backing she has, she will be back on future teams. It is great to have a reserve of the calibre of Nicola Wilson and Opposition Buzz to bring on to the team, and preparations will continue as planned."