Articles: Press Release
Kim Severson and Winsome Adante Claim Second Victory in
Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event CCI**** Presented by Bayer
Contact: Marty Bauman or Jennifer Ward, tel: (859) 389-3903,
Lexington, KY—April 25, 2004 — Kim Severson and Winsome Adante led the field
from start to finish to claim victory in the 2004 CCI**** Rolex Kentucky
Three-Day Event, presented by Bayer, held April 22-25, at the Kentucky Horse
Park in Lexington, KY.
The winner in 2002, a broken leg prevented Severson from defending her title
last year, but Three-Day Eventing fans were thrilled to see the 30-year-old
Virginia native return to the winner’s circle. Severson of Keene, VA, took
the early lead on Friday with a dressage performance that garnered a score
of 37 penalty points from the international panel of judges. Throughout the
next two phases, cross-country and stadium jumping, Severson and Winsome
Adante were perfection personified, adding nothing to their opening score to
claim their second Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event at the four-star level.
Riding Over The Limit, Severson also won the three-star division of the
event in 1999, the final year the CCI*** was held.
“I feel more connected with Winsome Adante than I have in the past, he feels
stronger and more together,” said Severson who earned $60,000 US in prize
money as well as a Rolex timepiece to add to her collection.
The previous riders all posted clear rounds to put the pressure firmly on
Severson’s shoulders, but neither she nor the 11-year-old English
thoroughbred gelding owned by Plain Dealing Farm, Inc., let it interfere
with their game plan. Having contributed to the Team Gold Medal effort at
the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain, Severson is now hoping to
be selected for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, but is cautious about her
“We’ve been in this position before where it has looked good and we didn’t
get to go, so it’s way to soon to tell,” commented Severson.
Phillip Dutton of Australia and Nova Top finished as the runner-ups and were
awarded the Carimati Cup as the highest-placed foreign combination. Dutton
was one of seven riders to complete course designer Michael
Etherington-Smith’s without penalty, a feat he repeated on Sunday over the
stadium jumping test set by Richard Jeffery to finish on his dressage score
of 43 penalty points.
“He’s an interesting horse,” reflected Dutton of the 13-year-old English
thoroughbred gelding owned by Shannon Stinson. “Someone asked me this
morning if I ever thought I would get this far with him and I’m not sure
that I did. His dressage is getting a lot better, he’s turned out to be a
cross-country machine and in show jumping he just tries so hard.”
Abigail Lufkin of Middleburg, VA, enjoyed a successful return to the sport
following a four-year hiatus while she completed her graduate studies in
California. Like Severson and Dutton, Lufkin also added nothing to her
dressage score of 45.8 penalty points riding Kildonan Tug, an 11-year-old
Australian thoroughbred gelding.
“One of the things I like best about this sport is that you experience such
a range of emotion,” noted Lufkin, 33. “You have the nerves and you have
the adrenaline, and you also care how your friends are doing and feel for
them if they have a bad day.”
William Fox-Pitt finished fourth with a score of 47.4 riding Ballincolla,
the same position as in 2002 when he made his Rolex Kentucky debut aboard
Stunning although he did one better in 2003, finishing third aboard Moon
Man. Rounding out the top five was Julie Richards of Douglas, GA, riding
Lufkin’s former mount, Jacob Two Two.
Offering $190,000 in prize money, the CCI**** Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event
was a qualifying competition for the 2004 Olympic Games as well as the
seventh competition for the USET Foundation Pinnacle Cup.
In addition to the CCI**** division, this year’s Rolex Kentucky Three Day
Event also hosted a Modified Four Star Three-Day Event that was, in part,
patterned after the format to be used for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.
Open only to U.S. Citizens and Foreign Riders residing in North America who
have already qualified for the Olympic Games under FEI rules, the Bayer
Modified Four Star division marks the first time ever that horses and riders
had the opportunity to run the shortened distance prescribed for Athens.
In a dramatic finish, overnight leader Nathalie Bouckaert was the final
competitor out on course riding West Farthing. Coming to the very first
fence on the stadium jumping course, the 11-year-old English thoroughbred
gelding put on the brakes, resulting in four penalties for the refusal.
Once underway, Bouckaert of Chatsworth, GA, picked up an additional eight
jumping penalties as well as six time faults to drop down to seventh
position with a three-day total score of 56.6.
Her misfortune was to Darren Chiacchia’s benefit as the Pan American
Champion moved into top spot to secure victory riding Windfall II, an
11-year-old black Trakehner stallion. Despite having the final fence on
course down to incur four penalties, Chiacchia’s winning score of 45.2 had
him well in front and secures his place as one the United States’ top
hopefuls for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.
“I think that Windfall has answered all of the questions, but it still up to
the Selectors and until it is in print, anything can happen!” noted
Chiacchia of Springville, NY. “He’s positioned himself well, and proven
that he is a horse that you can count on in all three phases.”
Once again, victory was just out of Dutton’s reach. One of four
penalty-free stadium jumping performances catapulted the two-time Olympic
Team Gold Medallist into second place with Hannigan, a 13-year-old Irish
thoroughbred gelding, also formerly ridden by Lukfin.
“It’s good to move up the rankings when you can, but I was truly sorry for
Nathalie,” commented Dutton. “I’ve known both Hannigan and Nova Top for
quite a while and when I get in the saddle, I know what they will do.”
While Dutton continues to ride for his native Australia, he is based in West
Grove, PA, and Australian Olympic Selectors were on hand to observe his
performance. As for his hopes, Dutton commented, “They play their cards
close to their chest, but if luck is on our side, I hope to be in Athens.”
Finishing in third position was John Williams of Middleburg, VA, and his
handsome 12-year-old Canadian Sport Horse gelding, Carrick. Sitting sixth
after dressage, Williams slowly but steadily found himself improving in the
standings over the three days, helped by a clear cross-country performance.
Williams and Carrick were instrumental in the Team Gold Medal victory at the
2002 World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain.
Two dropped rails in the final stadium jumping phase moved Amy Tryon of
Redmond, WA, down to fourth position with her long-time partner My Beau, a
14-year-old Canadian thoroughbred gelding, while 2003 Pan American
Championship Team Gold Medalist Stephen Bradley of Leesburg, VA, and the
Russian thoroughbred, From, rounded out the top five with a final three-day
score of 54 penalty points.
NBC-TV will present a 90-minute telecast of the 2004 Rolex Kentucky
Three-Day Event, presented by Bayer, on Sunday, May 2, from 1:30-3:00 p.m.
EDT. In addition, the Cross Country portion of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day
Event will air on the Outdoor Life Network (OLN) on Sunday, May 9 from
5:00-6:00 p.m. EDT and will re-air on Friday, May 14 from 12:00 noon-1:00
p.m. EDT. The Stadium Jumping portion of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day
Event, which will include a Cross-Country recap, will air on OLN on Sunday,
May 16 from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. EDT and will re-air on Friday, May 21 from
12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m. EDT. The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event also will be
broadcast in Europe on CNBC Europe, which will air coverage on Sunday, May 2
at 10:00 pm (Central European Time).
The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event is one of only four CCI**** events held
in the world. The three other events are the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton
Horse Trials and the Burghley Horse Trials in Great Britain and Adelaide in
Australia. The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event is also part of the Rolex
Grand Slam of Eventing that awards $250,000 to any rider who can win Rolex
Kentucky, Badminton and Burghley in succession.
In addition to the exciting equestrian action, the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day
Event featured an international trade fair with more than 125 merchants, the
United States Pony Clubs Prince Philip Cup and a variety of other fun family
activities and entertaining attractions.
For full information on the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event, presented by
Bayer, please visit the official Rolex Kentucky website at www.rk3de.org.