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Fox-Pitt Jumps To Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event Victory
William Fox-Pitt (GBR) and Cool Mountain.
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Lexington, Ky., April 25 - William Fox-Pitt of Great Britain concluded
the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Bridgestone, the same
way he began it-in first place. As the last rider to start on today's
show jumping course, he and Cool Mountain negotiated all 16 jumps
perfectly to capture the $80,000 and the Rolex Steel and Gold Oyster
Perpetual Timepiece that go to the winner.
Phillip Dutton, of West Grove, Pa., also recorded a clear round on
Woodburn to climb from fourth place to second, while Becky Holder, of
Chattahoochee, Ga., lowered one rail on Courageous Comet to hold on to
third place. Dutton also finished sixth on The Foreman.
Boyd Martin, of West Grove, Pa., completed the event on three horses,
placing fifth with Neville Bardos, 11th with Rock On Rose, and 12th
with Remington XXV in the record 53-horse starting field. Kim
Severson, who'd been standing second after cross-country on Tipperary
Liadhnan, fell to 24th with 24 jumping faults and 12 time faults.
Fox-Pitt, 41, had competed at Rolex Kentucky six times previously but
hadn't won before. The 6'5" rider will attempt to win the second leg
of the Rolex Grand slam next week when he rides two horses in the
Mitsubishi Badminton Three-Day Event in England. (The $350,000 prize
goes to any rider who can win Rolex Kentucky, Badminton and the
Burghley Three-Day Event in England consecutively.)
"I came here hoping for atop-10 placing, and I kept reminding myself
of that while I was in the ring today," said Fox-Pitt.
"When you come to a four-star competition like this, you never really
know what will happen, but I certainly didn't expect this," he
added. "Cool Mountain has come out of this a better horse, and
hopefully he'll step up to the [Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games]
in the fall."
Second place with Woodburn marked the eighth time that Dutton, 46, has
finished in the runner-up position. He won the Rolex Kentucky
Three-Day Event in 2008 on Connaught, meaning that he's finished first
or second in nine of the 13 CCI4* competitions run at Rolex Kentucky
"Hopefully he'll win one of these things one of these days, but
sometimes you're grateful to be second," said Dutton with a wry grin.
Woodburn was a last-minute entry at Rolex Kentucky. Dutton had planned
to ride him at Badminton since he had three or four other horses
entered here, but the Icelandic volcano eruption that stranded several
Rolex Kentucky officials in Europe also kept Europe-bound cargo
flights on the ground. The addition of Woodburn meant that Dutton
would be riding four horses and required the organizers to juggle the
schedule to give him enough time to warm each horse up before
cross-country. He withdrew Kheops Du Quesnay after dressage and
retired Waterfront on cross-country.
"I'm pleased I made the decision to ride Woodburn here, and I'm
thankful to the organizers for squeezing me in," said Dutton.
Third was Holder's best finish ever at Rolex Kentucky, even though
she's been near the top after dressage or cross-country several
times. Show jumping has been a disappointment for her and Courageous
"I've had a lot of experience being near the top here after
cross-country, and there is a growth that happens that allows you to
put all those things that distract you to the side and just go do it,"
said Holder, who was relieved with today's four-fault performance.
Today's attendance was 16,499. The total for the event was 61,828.
Townend Returns To Kentucky Horse Park
British rider Oliver Townend, who fell at cross-country fence 20 on
Saturday, was released from the hospital on Sunday morning and watched
the show jumping phase at the Kentucky Horse Park on Sunday
afternoon. His horse ODT Master Rose, who had been standing in seventh
place after cross-country, was not presented at the third horse
inspection and was withdrawn from the competition.
To listen to an interview with Townend, go to www.rk3de.org.
The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event
The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Bridgestone, is
America's only four-star competition and is a member of the HSBC
Classic Series. The world's best horses and riders vie for $250,000 in
prize money and the coveted Rolex Championship.
The 2010 event marked the 30th consecutive year of sponsorship by Rolex
This year NBC has expanded its television coverage of the Rolex Kentucky
Three-Day Event from 60 to 90 minutes. The program will air on Saturday,
May 15, from 3:00 to 4:30 EDT, just prior to the Preakness Stakes.
About The 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games
The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games are the world championships for
eight equestrian disciplines recognized by the Federation Equestre
Internationale (FEI). The World Games are held every fur years, and
this will be the first time in the United States. The Rolex Kentucky
Three-Day Event was the eventing test event for the World Games.
The World Games will be broadcast on NBC Sports, which has marked the
largest commitment to network coverage of equestrian sports in
U.S. television history. The 2010 World Games are expected to have a
statewide economic impact of more than $150 million, and current
sponsors include Alltech, Rolex, John Deere, Ariat International Inc.,
Meydan and UK Healthcare.
For more information on the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games,
please visit www.alltechfeigames.com.