Americans rule the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event as they bag the top three positions
Online PR News – 04-May-2010 – – This year’s Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event witnessed American riders registering their victories by bagging the top three positions at the prestigious event. After Britain’s best bet, Oliver Townend’s shocking exit due to injury during the event, American riders William Fox-Pitt, Phillip Dutton and Becky Holder proved their worth at the event. The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event is one of the top most championships in the field of eventing and marks the only four star three day event in America. The championship attracts participation from the most competitive and talented riders from across the world.
William Fox-Pitt (GBR) who was riding his gelding Cool Mountain earned a score of 42.8 and laid his claim over the first position. Phillip Dutton together with his horse Woodburn mounted a score of 47.7 and managed a second position victory while the third position was taken up by Becky Holder who while riding Courageous Comet erected a score of 49.2 penalties.
The top three riders had maintained their pace right from day one after registering their top slot wins at the dressage event. The 2010 Rolex Kentucky Three day event has marked the first time Rolex victory for William Fox-Pitt who gave a flawless performance at the Show Jumping round on the final day of the event. The Cross Country round of the event which is the first segment of the 2010 HSBC FEI Classics witnessed William Fox-Pit delivering a master class performance. Apart from being the first Rolex event for William Fox-Pitt, the event was also a first four star event for his 10 year old gelding Cool Mountain who managed to finish the event just at the right time.
William Fox-Pitt has been a winner of several championships including Luhmuhlen, Badminton and Burghley. William Fox-Pitt was closely followed by Phillip Dutton who maintained a consistent performance throughout the event and remained at the fourth or fifth position during the Cross Country round. He preceded talented Karen O’Connor who slipped four spots to remain at 6th position with a score of 4.4 together with her gelding Madiba.
The fall of the Rolex Grand Slam Contender Oliver Townend (GBR) after the dressage event proved to be a blessing in disguise for these riders. He remained at the 6th or 7th position during the first two days of the event. Riding his gelding Ashley Cruise Master, Oliver Townend maintained a score of 46.2 but his sudden fall not only left his dream of winning the Rolex Grand Slam title unaccomplished but also put a question mark on his presence at the upcoming Badminton championship.
Allison Springer, another American rider who was on the second position after the dressage round held on day one faced a disappointment after being refused to make way into the Hollow following a missed stride. Leslie Law riding the horse Fleeceworks Mystere du Val who remained at the 13th position after the dressage round lost out on the championship because of his inexperienced horse. Goeff Curran who also had a rather long journey from Ireland like Oliver Townend, was also refused the entry into the Head of the Lake.
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