Harrie Smolders not in jumping TeamNL at EC Rotterdam

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Harrie Smolders will not be part of the jumping TeamNL with his top horse DON VHP Z N.O.P. at the Longines FEI European Championships Jumping in Rotterdam. The loss of this top combination is very bad news for the Dutch team.

Chef d'equipe Rob Ehrens is clear: “Harrie is not able to get Don VHP Z N.O.P. in good shape before the European Championships start. This is terrible for us but I have no other choice than to go on. This was the reason why we didn't include the combination in the team for the CHIO in Geesteren. In Falsterbo it felt better but Harrie was not confident. That's why they also did start in Berlin. There it was clear that the horse was not good enough for Rotterdam. For a European Champioship, specially at home soil, you have to be in a flow, otherwise it will not work well. I am really sorry but this is part of our sport. Doron will now be in the team and Bart Bles with Israel van de Dennehoeve will be reserve.

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