Minors out after horse falls ill
Ki-Juan Minors has withdrawn from the showjumping competition at the Central American and Caribbean Games equestrian competition in Bogotá, Colombia.
The 36-year-old made the decision on Saturday because of concerns about the welfare of his thoroughbred Just Ask Eric who was not eating properly.
“Unfortunately, Ki-Juan’s mount, Just Ask Eric, hasn’t eaten any of the supplied hay nor is he eating as he would normally do so,” read a statement from the Bermuda Equestrian Federation.
“As a consequence, Eric is not performing at his normal high standard. Given that the welfare of the horse is paramount, Ki-Juan, and his support team, have made the decision to retire Eric from the remainder of the competition.”
Paul Pereech, the chef d’equipe, added: “Ki was congratulated by many riders on his ability and the course designer came to me with the same comments.
“Ki-Juan not only rode very well but is truly an ambassador for Bermuda, the Bermuda Equestrian Federation and our international horse friends.”
Minors finished 26th and 29th respectively in the two rounds of the second qualifiers on Friday.
He finished with 28 penalty points in round one and 36 in round two and was scheduled to take part in the second horse inspection on Saturday.
Taahira Butterfield placed third in heat one of the women’s 100 metres in a time of 11.92sec metres today.
On Saturday Nicole Mitchell finished 21st out of 41 riders in the women’s road race finals. Mitchell clocked the same time, 2:31.47, as race winner Terneil Campbell, of Trinidad and Tobago.
Yudelmis Dominguez, of Cuba, came second and Lizbeth Salazar, of Mexico, finished third.
In bowling Damien Matthews and David Maycock came thirteenth in the men’s doubles competition on Saturday with a total of 2,557 pins on Saturday. Lamar Richardson and Levinc Samuels finished sixteenth with 2,489 pins and Duane Talbot and Rickai Binns placed nineteenth with 2,450.
Venezuela’s Luis Rovaina and Ildemaro Ruiz won the gold medal with 2,742 pins, with Puerto Rico’s Cristian Azcona and Jean Perez second with 2,711 pins. Jonaykel Conejo and Rodolfo Madriz, of Costa Rica, took bronze with 2,699 pins.
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