Setback for Skelton
Top British showjumper Nick Skelton's London 2012 gold medal-winning ride Big Star has suffered an injury setback.
The British Equestrian Federation announced that the stallion had "thrown a small splint" (a thickening of the bone below its knee).
Although no time-scale has been put on Big Star's absence, Skelton is set to miss next week's Spruce Meadows Grand Prix in Calgary and the Nations Cup final in Barcelona from September 27-29.
By missing Calgary, Skelton's chance of challenging for the 1m Euros Rolex Grand Slam will end.
Skelton won the opening Grand Slam leg in Aachen, and victories in Calgary and then Geneva would have given him the cash jackpot.
In a statement, the BEF said: "Following a visit by Nick Skelton's veterinary advisors, it is confirmed that Big Star, owned by Gary and Beverley Widdowson, has thrown a small splint and will therefore be rested until fully fit to compete again.
"As is the norm with splints, it is not realistic to put a time-frame on how long he will be out of competition for.
"But his return will not be rushed as the World Equestrian Games in 2014 remains the primary target."
Skelton and Big Star were part of Great Britain's team gold-medal success at Greenwich Park last summer, being joined by Ben Maher, Scott Brash and Peter Charles.
They have also been regular grand prix winners on the lucrative Global Champions' Tour circuit.