William Fox-Pitt (GBR) today, 25th April 2010, went clear in the Show Jumping on the final day at the 2010 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event to crown his first win at ‘The Rolex’ with his starting dressage score of 42.8.
Audio interviews with William Fox-Pitt, Phillip Dutton, Becky Holder, the press conference after Day Three with the riders, Rupert Bell ‘s live commentary on William Fox-Pitt’s Show Jumping round, plus an interview with Oliver Townend reflecting on his cross country day and attempt to win the Rolex Grand Slam, are also available to listen to, and download for free, on the links below:
25 April 2010 William Fox-Pitt (GBR) said he did not come to the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event with the expectation of winning, but, once in the driving seat, he was clearly not going to relinquish the golden opportunity without a fight and he now has his first Rolex watch to complement his seven other 4-star wins.
William Fox-Pitt (GBR) aboard Cool Mountain on their way to victory in the first leg of the HSBC FEI Classics™ at Lexington,KY (USA). Click on image for larger view.
And, with the choice of three good rides – Idalgo, Macchiato and Sea Cookie – at next weekend’s Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, he could gain a commanding advantage in the HSBC FEI Classics™, an award he won in its inaugural year in 2008.
Cool Mountain, his winning ride at Kentucky, is a 10-year-old Thoroughbred gelding by the prolific Eventing sire Primitive Rising. This was his 4-star debut, having won at 3-star level, at Blair Castle (GBR) last year and been consistent throughout his career.
“He is a pleasure to train,” said Fox-Pitt. “He is very straightforward and genuine, and I have always felt there was more to come. I am absolutely thrilled with him, though – to win is beyond my wildest dreams.”
Fox-Pitt’s nearest rival, Kimberley Severson (USA) had a most unfortunate Jumping round – a total of 32 faults (24 jumping, 12 time) and plummeted to 25th, and it was the 2008 winner, Phillip Dutton (USA), who rose three places to 2nd on Woodburn with a clear round.
Becky Holder (USA) retained 3rd place on Courageous Comet with just one rail, but Boyd Martin’s meteoric rise continued, up another four places to 4th on Neville Bardos, and Canadian Stephanie Rhodes-Bosch and Port Authority continued upwards, to eventual 5th place with a clean sheet. In addition, she won the HSBC Training Bursary for the best-placed first-time 4-star competitor.
Oliver Townend (GBR) was discharged from hospital in the morning, but having sustained minor injuries, could not jump his ODT Master Rose and so withdrew.
37 horses completed the competition with 9 clear Jumping rounds.
The first daily coverage of the 2010 Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event. Today was the First Horse Inspection. Time to dress up and show off for the vets and the crowd. Did anyone have trouble? Also, we speak to Oliver Townend and William Fox-Pitt about their adventure getting to Kentucky, listen in…
Eventing Radio Show Episode 73 – Rolex 2010 Day 1 Horse Inspection & Preview:
Picture: Oliver Townend (GBR) and ODT Master Rose, joined 51 other entries at the first horse inspection at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, for the Rolex Kentucky CCI4*. While every pair passed to the next round, Bonnie Mosser and Merloch, Boyd Martin and Rock On Rose, and Ian Roberts and Napalm were all held for re-inspection, but eventually passed. Josh Walker photo from useventing.com.
April 19, 2010 LEXINGTON, KY—The Kentucky Cup Dressage and Kentucky Cup Jumping test events, the official test events of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, will offer spectators a final preview of the world championship competitions coming to the Kentucky Horse Park September 25 – October 10.
The Kentucky Cup Test Events will be held in conjunction with the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, from April 20 through April 25.
For a complete schedule of Kentucky Cup Dressage, Kentucky Cup Jumping, and the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, go to www.alltechfeigames.com.
“This final series of test events will be an important test of the planning for many of the competition aspects of the Games,” said Kate Jackson, Vice President of Competition for the World Games 2010 Foundation. “By hosting sessions of different disciplines on several days, we will really be able to test many of our procedures for the actual Games.”
Top riders from around the world will compete in the three disciplines of Dressage, Eventing, and Jumping. Kentucky Cup Dressage entry list includes Ashley Holzer, Olympic veteran and 2009 Canadian Equestrian Athlete of the Year; Oded Shimoni, the first Israeli to qualify for and compete in the World Equestrian Games and the Olympics; and Lexington native, Reese Koffler-Stanfield.
The line-up for Kentucky Cup Jumping includes three-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Beezie Madden; Canadian Mac Cone, one of Canada’s most experienced riders having been a steady performer at the international level for over 30 years (both have recently shown at the Jacksonville Winter Series 2009, 2010); and the youngest competitor, Daniel Bluman who will represent Columbia.
This year’s Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event is sure to be exciting as Oliver Townend of Great Britain will attempt to become only the second rider in history to win the $350,000 Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing. Townend has won the first two legs, with wins at Mitsubishi Motors Badminton and Land Rover Burghley Four Star Events; and at Rolex Kentucky next week he will seek to join Pippa Funnell of Great Britain, who did it in 2003, as the only riders to win the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing.
In addition to world-class competition, spectators will be able to enjoy a variety shopping and food in the Sponsor Village and International Trade Fair of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, located on the Kentucky Horse Park.
Many Kentucky Cup competition events are free admission. Tickets to some evening Kentucky Cup competitions and the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event will be sold at the gates of the venue. For a full list of ticketed events, please see the schedule at www.alltechfeigames.com .
About the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games
The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games are the world championships of eight equestrian disciplines recognized by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI). The Games are held every four years and this will be the first occurrence in the United States.
The Games will be broadcast on NBC Sports, which has marked the largest commitment to network coverage of equestrian sport in U.S. television history. The 2010 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.
Buck Davidson reflects on a successful Easter weekend at The Fork as The Chronicle’s Sara Leiser brings us a full report from this influential event which is used as a final preparation for Rolex. Plus, Jim Wolf offers a tribute to Mrs. John B. (Nancy) Hannum. Listen in.
Eventing Radio Episode 71 – Buck Davidson and Lucinda Fredericks:
Chris Stafford with Co-Hosts and Guests Will Provide Unique Reports, Interviews and News from the Kentucky Horse Park
April 20, 2010 Lexington, KY. The Eventing Radio Show, part of the Horse Radio Network, plans to mark its second year of coverage of the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event with extensive reporting, interviews, news and views from the 2010 event, which takes place from April 21-25th at the Kentucky Horse Park. This year’s event will also be the test event for the World Equestrian Games so the show will include a preview of what visitors can expect later this year. With the inclusion of Britain’s Oliver Townend in the line-up attempting to be only the second rider to win the $250,000 Rolex Gland Slam, plus a total of seven nations competing for North America’s only four star prize, there will be plenty of action for the Eventing Radio Show team to follow.
“Since our debut event coverage at last year’s event our weekly show has built a worldwide audience in some 37 countries and with that we have created a devoted fan base, which is both dedicated to the sport and eager for event coverage. It’s exciting to be able to offer the show as a valued resource and with our team of experts we look forward to providing all the highlights and more of this prestigious event,” said Chris Stafford, Host.
This year’s event kicks off as usual with the veterinary inspection on Wednesday afternoon, which will launch our daily coverage together with a preview of the record number of entries for this four-star event. One of the Eventing Radio Show’s favorite co-hosts, Max Corcoran, will be preparing Mandiba for her rider, Karen O’Connor. Several of our guests from the past year will also be in the running or officiating so we’ll be sure to catch up with them too. Plus our Rolex Quiz winner will make their special appearance during the event.
Each special episode will review the competition of the day and preview the follow day with interviews and comments for our team of experts. Tune in to www.eventingradio.com each day of Rolex to be sure to catch all the action.
The Eventing Radio Show will also be supporting The Chronicle of the Horse with their live interactive blogging coverage of Rolex. Chronicle staff will provide play-by-play of the events as they unfold and viewers will be able to chat along. You can follow the fun coverage at www.eventingradio.com or www.chronofhorse.com.
We will be doing daily wrap up shows from Rolex beginning Wednesday and running through Sunday. This blog – HorsesintheSouth.com’s blog aka AHorseBlog.com – will receive the code for the shows every evening by 9 or 10 PM Eastern. Also, we will have a link for the Chronicle of the Horse’s CoveritLive live blogging coverage of the Dressage on Thursday and Friday.
(I had to jump ahead of some of the blog posts that I still have as an affiliate of the Horse Radio Network so I can get this online since it is happening this week. More older posts to come. )
Canadian Hawley Bennett makes a return to the show this week to tell us about being an Olympic Torchbearer and her plans for the season. Plus we hear from Shelley Lambert who is managing the new Academy of Classical Eventing in South Carolina. Listen in…
Eventing Radio Episode 64 – Shelley Lambert and Hawley Bennett:
Note to my readers – I am so far behind in adding these Radio Show contributor posts, I am just going back & giving you all I’ve gotten so you don’t miss anything important, like this is from February…
We celebrate the 400th episode on the Horse Radio Network and we get caught up with our Para-equestrian Rider Susan Treabess. Plus, all the news of the Alltech 2010 World Equestrian Games, listen in…
2010 Radio Show Episode 78 – HRN Celebrates 400 and Our Spotlight Para-Equestrian Rider Susan Treabess:
News: If you’re not local to Lexington, Kentucky you can still become a WEGspert! Fans of the 2010 World Equestrian Games can now complete a video training programme online to become an official 2010 Alltech FEI WEGspert from the comfort of their homes.
Lausanne (SUI), 19 April 2010 – All horses show normal nerve sensation or sensitivity. Where that sensation is increased beyond normal limits it is called hypersensitivity. Hypersensitivity can be produced by a range of normal occurrences, such as an insect sting or accidental self-inflicted injury.
Hypersensitisation is the term used to define the artificial production of hypersensitivity and is contrary to horse welfare and fair play.
At FEI competitions, the determination of hypersensitivity in the horse is made by a combination of thermographic and clinical examinations, carried out by at least two experienced equine veterinarians.
Thermography is a means of detecting abnormal heat patterns of the skin through the use of an imaging camera. The clinical examination is carried out by observation and palpation (applying manual pressure).
Lausanne (SUI), 20 April 2010 – The FEI press conference, held on 17 April in Geneva, on the disqualification of the horse Sapphire ridden by McLain Ward (USA) in the FEI World Cup Jumping Final, is now available free-to-view on FEI TV in English. Visit www.feitv.org and register to watch for free.
The opening statement by the FEI President is available here.