Articles: Press Release
Australian Clayton Fredericks Takes the Prize at the 2007 Rolex Kentucky
Three-Day Event, presented by Farnam; U.S. Riders Phillip Dutton and
Karen O'Connor Finish Second and Third
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April 29, 2007
Riding for the first time under the U.S. flag, former Australian rider
Phillip Dutton finished second at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event,
presented by Farnam, for the fifth time. But, this year, it was former
Aussie teammate, Clayton Fredericks, aboard Ben Along Time, who put in
the best score to take the Rolex Kentucky four-star championship on a
score of 54.0. Dutton, as the highest-placed U.S. rider aboard Bruce
Duchossois' Connaught, took the Rolex/United States Equestrian
Federation's Pinnacle Cup Trophy, an award celebrating its 10th year,
finishing on a score of 59.1. Connaught, a 14-year-old Irish
Thoroughbred, picked up his best finish to date adding just 8.4 time
faults on the cross-country and two time penalties in show jumping to
his dressage score.
"It was a great weekend for him. He did just about his best dressage,"
said Dutton. "The cross-country was good. I went a little
conservatively...going early on in the day. I could have gone a little
quicker, but I'm very pleased with the way he ran. I underestimated his
fitness a little bit. I was worried about him getting tired, and I
thought all the horses would feel the course at the end, but they
actually came home very well. If I could have it again, I would have set
out a bit quicker. But, having said that, he jumped very well, and he's
had a very short preparation. He's only run once between the World
Championships and here. So, I couldn't have asked much more from him,
and I think he jumped really well today."
After placing fourth here last year, Dutton rode Connaught at the World
Equestrian Games last summer, but picked up a run-out on cross-country.
A very careful jumper, Dutton has found him very dependable on the third
"The only times I've had rails down is usually when I've over ridden
him, and am too strong with my leg at the jump, which is a little bit
the opposite of what I work on," said Dutton.
Dutton was also 10th on Truluck. Owned by Annie Jones and Shannon
Stimson, Dutton was pleased with the 10-year-old Thoroughbred's effort
in his first four-star.
"I'm really pleased," said Dutton. "He handled it all well. It was a
tough show jumping track, and he didn't embarrass us. Hopefully, he's
going to come out of it a better horse."
Dutton is considering the Pan American Games as an option for either
horse this summer, if he gets the opportunity to represent the U.S. for
the first time.
"It's nice to feel a part of it," said Dutton. "I entered them both for
the Pan Ams, so we'll see how it all works out."
Fredericks rode his partner from the 2005 World Cup Final who was also
the Silver medalist from the 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games. Ben Along
Time put in a very classy performance over the weekend, and added one
time fault in show jumping. A 12-year-old Irish-bred by Cavalier Royale,
Ben Along Time was one of five horses by the renowned Holsteiner sire in
the competition this weekend. A record crowd of 96,478 were in
attendance over the four-day competition. Those packing the show jumping
arena today watched the pair win the four-star in their first attempt.
"After watching the first few riders go, I thought I would be one of the
ones that took a couple of rails," said Fredericks. "But, he felt
brilliant today. I jumped very few fences before I went in. He's got a
fantastic temperament. He has that star quality, and he tried his guts
Fredericks' win came at the direct expense of overnight leaders Kristin
Bachman and Gryffindor. Bachman went off-course in show jumping,
eliminating herself in the process. She had already used up the rail
she had in-hand when she went off-course. Fredericks will head to
Badminton next week, where he has two rides, Nullabor and WP In Limbo.
He will try to pick up the second leg of the Rolex Triple Crown.
Karen O'Connor and Theodore O'Connor ("the pony" as he was referred to
all weekend long) put in an unbelievable performance in show jumping to
leap from ninth place after cross-country to third overall and the
runner-up position for the USEF Pinnacle Cup Trophy. The 12-year-old
"Teddy" paid no mind to his 14.1-hand stature, easily covering the
ground and making up the distance throughout the weekend. The pair's
final score was 60.1, and "the pony" was awarded the Best Conditioned
"Never in my wildest dreams," said the rider after show jumping. "It's
been like a fairy tale. I've never had more fun than I had this weekend
with this pony. He feels like a giant out there."
There were plenty of people that were skeptical, and at times, O'Connor
included herself in that group. But, Theodore O'Connor proved the mettle
of his Thoroughbred/Arabian/Shetland breeding after romping around the
cross-country on Saturday. He never got near a rail in show jumping to
the wild delight of the enthusiastic and appreciative audience. Ever a
crowd pleaser, Theodore O'Connor relished in the atmosphere. O'Connor
already has her eye on bigger things for the pony.
"I'd love to take him to the Pan Ams," she said. "He's only just getting
Heidi White-Carty, and her own Northern Spy, took their time around the
show jumping track, adding a rail and seven time faults. They put in a
commendable effort all weekend and ended up in fourth place on a score
of 63.0. Carty-White was awarded the trophy for the highest-placed
Twenty-year-old Sara Mittleider had three rails in show jumping with El
Primero, but held on to the top Young Rider's honors and went home with
the J.D. Reeves Trophy for the third time in as many years.
The Zeppa International Trophy, which is awarded to the best turned out
pair at the horse inspections, was awarded to the stylish combination of
Kristin Schmolze and Cavaldi.
Highlights from the event will be broadcast by NBC Sports in a one-hour
special on Sunday, May 6, from 5:00-6:00 p.m. EDT.
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