Showjumper Ben Maher & Cella out of World Equestrian Games

By Ollie WilliamsBBC Sport in Caen
Showjumper Ben Maher

British showjumper Ben Maher will miss the World Equestrian Games after his horse Cella picked up an injury.

Maher is ranked third in the world and had been expected to play a key role in British ambitions of winning the world team jumping title in Caen, Normandy.

Jessie Drea and Touchable replace Maher, who won team gold at London 2012 aboard Tripple X.

"It is sad that Cella, with all her experience, is out," said Will Connell, Britain's chef de mission in France.

"However, I am pleased that Jessie, who is a talented, up-and-coming rider, gets the opportunity to go to her first senior championship."

A statement from the British Equestrian Federation attributed Maher's absence to "a small overreach injury" to Cella during training, sustained the day before their planned departure for the event.

Drea, 22, will come to Normandy as the travelling reserve.

She will support the four-rider British team now confirmed for next week's jumping events: world number one Scott Brash (on Hello Sanctos), Joe Clee (Utamaro d'Ecaussines), Spencer Roe (Wonder Why) and Michael Whitaker (Viking V).