Canadian eventer Stuart Black was arrested for domestic assault earlier this week. The traveling reserve for the Canadian Pan Am Eventing Team announced his withdrawal from the team due to “medical reasons”.
Details regarding the alleged incident that led to his arrest are unknown at this time. Black, who operates his business Stuart Black Equestrian out of Weatherford, Texas, posted bail on July 9th. He is scheduled to be back in court on August 27th, according to a local media report.
Black took to social media to thank his supporters saying he was innocent of the allegations. “I trust in the judicial system and my faith in The Lord, that what is being done will be proven the truth in this matter and that I am guilty of nothing…”
Selena O’Hanlon and Foxwood High have reportedly been named as Black’s replacement. O’Hanlon was a non-traveling reserve. She and her mount were members of the silver medal eventing team at the 2011 Pan Am Games in Mexico.
The eventing portion of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games begins on Friday, July 17th.
UPDATE: The criminal case brought against Stuart Black in Ontario on July 7, 2015 was withdrawn on October 29, 2015.