Norfolk equestrian star Piggy French out of Olympics

Piggy French riding DHI Topper W during day two of the Barbury International Horse Trials at Barbury Castle Estate, Wiltshire. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Norfolk born equestrian rider Piggy French says she is 'devastated' to have to pull out of the Olympics because of an injury to her horse.

The 32 year old, who's family is based in Dereham near Norwich, was due to compete for Team GB in the eventing competition at London 2012.

But an injury to her mount DHI Topper W, which she rode to victory at the Olympic Test event earlier this year, means she's had to withdraw from the Games. Her place is taken by Yorkshire's Nicola Wilson.

French said, “What can I say, I am devastated; my dreams are shattered but most of all I feel so sorry for my support team that have been such a vital part of my success and also for my family and joint owners, the Underwoods', in a statement issued by the British Olympic Association.

'I wish the Team all the best for the Games and look forward to being back on the Team in the future' French added.

Team GB Eventing Performance Manager, Yogi Breisner, said 'I feel extremely sorry for Piggy and it is a real shame not to be able to have her on the Team. I am sure a rider of Piggy's talent, and with the backing she has, she will be back on future Teams.

'It is great to have a reserve of the calibre of Nicola Wilson and Opposition Buzz to bring on to the Team, and preparations will continue as planned'.