Andrew Nicholson Riding Quimbo Wins the 2013 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event

(USA, 28 April 2013) Andrew Nicholson (NZL), riding Quimbo, today won the 2013 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, with William Fox-Pitt (GBR) riding Seacookie in 2nd place, and Andrew Nicholson also in 3rd place riding Calico Joe.

Quotes from Andrew Nicholson, Quimbo:

Q. Andrew – what a round – congratulations – Quimbo is a special horse isn’t he?

Ah he is class – he’s a special horse – he’s a performer and very cool in his mind. It’s great to win here and to make things this exciting at Badminton next week – I think Hugh Thomas must be rubbing his hands – and he hasn’t had to part with any cash!

Q. So it’s game on next week for the Rolex Grand Slam next week?

Oh for sure. I went into the start box on the cross country when I knew William had pulled up Chilli Morning and I thought I would like to be on another of mine, but after the third fence I thought I am quite happy with what I’ve got and remembered how classy he is – it is days like that which are great – I think I am in with a big chance next week.

Quotes from William Fox-Pitt, Seacookie:

Q. William – that was fantastic what a great ride – how were you feeling going in?

I was delighted with him and he has come through this event so well – i was thrilled with him over cross country yesterday – he’s only a little horse but he has a big heart – you never know what the cross country has taken out of them for the show jumping – basically he is a very careful jumper and he was today.

I was so happy with the way he jumped today – he gave me such a nice feeling – he tried his heart out. I had one little moment coming to the water tray where I was riding on either six or seven strides and I was thinking six and then “oh I’m not going to get there on six” so I pulled and he was very good to add and I was thrilled with that.

Q. Were you nervous going in?

Of course you are always nervous going in but I wasn’t in the lead and had it all to go for and nothing to lose, and as I say I was very pleased with my horse all week and just hope that my luck can carry on until next week!

Audio Interviews

For an audio interview of Andrew Nicholson post Show Jumping on Quimbo, please click link here: https://www.yousendit.com/download/UVJnY05ucHZuSlJqQThUQw.

For an audio interview of William Fox-Pitt post Show Jumping on Seacookie, please click link here: https://www.yousendit.com/download/UVJnY05wYUlUME85TE1UQw.

Audio Post Show Jumping Press Conference

Please click here for link: https://www.yousendit.com/download/UVJnY05wYUlwaFE5WThUQw.

Final Results after Show Jumping

  1. Andrew Nicholson/Quimbo (NZL) 41.0
  2. William Fox-Pitt/Seacoookie (GBR) 46.2
  3. Andrew Nicholson/Calico Joe (NZL) 52.8
  4. Buck Davidson/Ballynoe Castle RM (USA) 53.2
  5. Lynn Symansky/Donner (USA) 54.8

For more information on the 2013 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event and full Results/Leaderboard, please visit www.rk3de.org.

Two Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing Contenders

With two of three successive wins of the Rolex Grand Slam – the 2012 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event and the 2011 Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials – William Fox-Pitt is the current live contender of the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing. Due to adverse weather conditions, the 2012 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials was unfortunately cancelled. Therefore, Fox-Pitt has had to wait until the 2013 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials before he can contend for the coveted US$ 350,000 Rolex Grand Slam Prize.

However, now that Andrew Nicholson, who won the 2012 Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials has also accomplished the feat of successively winning the 2013 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, there will now uniquely be two live contenders for the sport’s most coveted prize at the 2013 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials.

Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing

In 2001, Rolex created the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing. This trophy is awarded to the rider who manages to win the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials and the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials event in any consecutive order. Until now, only British rider Pippa Funnell has managed this staggering achievement, winning the title in 2003.

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