Happy Times for Griffiths

IT'S a very sad time for Australian horsewoman Megan Jones - she's devastated.

It's Happy Times for Sam Griffiths though - after being second reserve a week ago, he's now about to make his Olympic debut.

The English-based Tasmanian and his horse Happy Times have been called in as last-minute replacements for Jones after her horse Allofasudden pulled up lame.

Jones, a Beijing Olympics silver medallist, had herself only been called into the eventing squad earlier this week ago to replace Shane Rose and his injured horse Taurus.

"You can't get too upset, or angry maybe, over things you can't control," Jones said. "I knew yesterday that it wasn't going to happen. I looked into his (her horse's) eyes, and he was depressed; he wasn't happy."

Australian team manager Brett Mace said the decision to withdraw Jones was tough and difficult, but contingencies were in place.

"We have everything ready to go, just as we did with Megan, as we will with Sam," he said.

"We still feel we have a chance of going out there and doing well and competing for the gold medal."


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