Rose blow for Australia

  • Last Updated: July 23 2012, 10:58 BST

Australia's preparations for the London 2012 eventing competition have been dealt a blow after one of their team members was forced to withdraw.

Shane Rose: Out of London 2012

Shane Rose, a silver medalist at Beijing four years ago, is out due to a leg injury suffered by his horse Taurus.

Australian equestrian chiefs confirmed that Rose's place in the team alongside Christopher Burton, Clayton Fredericks, Andrew Hoy and Lucinda Fredericks will be taken by travelling reserve Megan Jones, riding Allofasudden.

Australia are one of the leading team medal contenders in eventing, alongside favourites Germany, Great Britain and New Zealand.

Team veterinary surgeons left a decision on Taurus until as late as possible, but it has not recovered sufficiently to withstand the extensive pressure of an Olympic competition.

"There is no doubt this is a blow for the team," Australia's equestrian manager Brett Mace said.

"We feel for Shane, who has worked for many years preparing Taurus for these Games. He is a hard-working athlete who was a formidable part of our silver medal-winning Beijing team.

"Megan has been working with her horse to ensure they are competition-ready.

"She has the experience and proven track record to make it at this level of competition after finishing with a team silver medal and fourth individually at Beijing."

Germany's showjumping team have also been forced into making a change, meanwhile, after Phillip Weishaupt's horse Monte Bellini suffered an infection late last week and had to undergo a blood transfusion.

Although the horse is now recovering, it will be not be in time for London, so Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum has been called into the German quartet alongside Marcus Ehning, Christian Ahlmann and Janne-Friederike Meyer.