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HSBC FEI World Cup Eventing Goes Worldwide

6 May 2010 – HSBC FEI World Cup Eventing takes place at opposite ends of the globe this weekend (7-9 May), with the third and fourth events in the 2010 series taking place at Sydney (AUS) and Marbach (GER).

A new reciprocal arrangement between the organisers of last month’s Kihikihi CIC***-W (NZL) and Sydney has meant that Australian and New Zealand riders have received funding to travel across the Tasman Sea to compete in these events.

As a result, two New Zealanders, Clarke Johnstone, currently lying equal fifth in the HSBC FEI World Cup Eventing standings, and Jenna Mahoney, ninth, will be contesting Sydney. Blair Richardson, the third Kiwi entered, already lives in Australia.

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Canadian Four-In-Hand Driver Deb Laderoute Wins Arenus’s EQUILITE Performance & Conditioning Award at Live Oak Competition

Deb Laderoute, a Four-In-Hand Combined Driver from Canada, won Arenus’s EQUILITE Performance & Conditioning Award at the 2010 Live Oak International Competition. (Photo courtesy of PicsofYou.com)

Ocala, FL (May 4, 2010)  – Four-In-Hand Combined Driver Deb Laderoute, who will represent Canada in the 2010 World Equestrian Games, drove away with Arenus’s EQUILITE Performance & Conditioning Award during the recent Live Oak International Competition in Ocala, Florida. Laderoute and her team were awarded EQUILITE brand products from award sponsor Arenus, makers of animal health products and supplement blends including STEADFAST joint health, ASSURE digestive aid and SORE NO-MORE liniment.

“All of the teams competing at Live Oak were amazing, but our team of judges picked Deb because they thought her team was exceptional,” said Arenus representative Stacey Small, creator of the EQUILITE line of products.  “It was a very exciting competition, and awarding Deb with a tote bag filled with our award-winning natural animal health and herbal blend products was just the icing on the cake.”

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Australian Paul Tapner Takes Over Lead at Badminton

Paul Tapner (AUS) and Inonothing galloped into the lead at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, the second leg of the HSBC FEI Classics, after picking up just 0.4 of a penalty in the Cross-Country (Photograph: Kate Houghton).

2 May 2010 – Paul Tapner (AUS) was clearly overjoyed as he came through the finish line at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials (GBR) on his second ride, Inonothing. His celebrations were more than justified as, after an enthralling and dramatic Cross Country day, he found himself in the lead at a 4-star event for the first time.

The track at Badminton, the second leg of the HSBC FEI Classics, proved as enigmatic as ever, taking its fair share of high-profile scalps, including all the top five riders after Dressage.

“I was aware that there were quite a lot faults occurring,” said British-based Tapner, 34, who was equal 11th after Dressage. “But after I’d ridden my first horse (Stormhill Michael, 12th) I had a roast lunch and then a sleep in the lorry and tried to forget about it. Inonothing is a unique horse to ride across country; he’s so small and nippy.”

If Tapner wins tomorrow, he will be the third Australian rider to do so in the last four years, following Andrew Hoy (2006) and Lucinda Fredericks (2007).

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Kai Rüder Is Prince of Badminton

Badminton first-timers Kai Rüder (GER) and Le Prince Des Bois lead after the dressage at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, the second leg of the HSBC FEI Classics (Photograph: Kit Houghton).

1 May 2010 – Kai Rüder (GER) and his powerful stallion Le Prince des Bois held an appropriately regal lead at the close of Dressage at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials (GBR), the second leg of the HSBC FEI Classics.

Rüder, 39 and making his Badminton debut after a 20-year quest, has a 5.8-penalty lead over first day leader Ruth Edge (GBR) on Two Thyme ahead of what is predicted to be an influential Cross Country day due to the forecast heavy rain.

The leading duo finished 10th at Burghley (GBR) last year – when Rüder won the HSBC Training Bursary for the best 4-star debut – and have spent the last month based in England with German team trainer Christopher Bartle (GBR).

Le Prince des Bois, who performs a reliably expressive Dressage test, is by Yarlands Summer Song, the stallion ridden with such panache at Badminton in the 1990s by France’s Marie-Christine Duroy.

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Happy Z and Wilhelm Genn Wow Crowd with Victory in Inaugural $40,000 Nutrena Show Jumping Grand Prix in Madison

Happy Z and Wilhelm Genn won the $40,000 Nutrena Grand Prix at the Midwest Horse Fair in Madison, WI, in front of a crowd of 10,000. Photos © 2010 Jon Kassel.

Fantastic Reception as Showplace Productions Brings World Class Jumping to Midwest Horse Fair

April 27, 2010 – Madison, WI – The 10,000 seat John Deere Coliseum at Madison’s Alliant Energy Center was standing room only Saturday night as five of 38 entries passed the course’s first test and were asked back for the tie-breaking round. Ultimately it was the feisty chestnut mare Happy Z and Ohio’s Wilhelm Genn who laid down an unbeatable jump off track for the win. Laura Linback and As di Villagana, competing last, also put in a flawless round to finish a close second.

The difficult course was designed by Puerto Rico’s Hector Loyola in collaboration with Pat Boyle, whose company Showplace Productions managed the first ever Show Jumping event at the Midwest Horse Fair.

“It was a great event, Hector and Pat built a very nice course, and the audience was the best I have ever experienced; they were supportive, electrifying, generous even. When you had some rails they made you feel like you were still doing something special,” said the 49-year-old Genn, who first competed in the United States 22 years ago before moving from his native Germany to Lebanon, Ohio.

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2010 Radio Show Episode 88 – Special Edition, The Final Test Events

We take a look at the final test events including the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event. How did it all go, who placed on top and is the Kentucky Horse Park ready for the Alltech FEI 2010 World Equestrian Games…

2010 Radio Show Episode 88 – Show Notes and Links:

  • Hosts: Samantha Clark and Glenn the Geek
  • Photo Credit: Josh Walker from useventing.com.
  • Join in with Samantha and Glenn as they review the Dressage, Jumping and Eventing test events and the results.
  • Interview: Spotlight rider Pierre St. Jacques
  • Interview: William Fox-Pitt
  • Interview: Oliver Townend after the fall.

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Eventing Radio Show Episode 77 – 2010 Rolex Final Report, William Fox-Pitt Wins

William Fox-Pitt maintained his lead to win the 2010 Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event. Listen in as NBC Color Commentator Donna Barton Brothers co-hosts this final show from Rolex. ..

Eventing Radio Show Episode 77 – Rolex Final Report, William Fox-Pitt Wins:

  • Picture: They started the 2010 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event in the lead and finished it that way. Great Britain’s William Fox-Pitt jumped a double-clear show jumping round with Cool Mountain on Sunday to clench his first Rolex Kentucky victory. Phillip Dutton and Woodburn jumped into second place after a faultless trip, while Becky Holder caught only one rail with Courageous Comet to finish in third place. Photo by Josh Walker from useventing.com.
  • Co-Host: NBC Color Commentator Donna Barton Brothers
  • See all of our coverage.
  • Follow the Chronicle of the Horse coverage here.
  • See the final results here.

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William Fox-Pitt goes clear in the Show Jumping to win 2010 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event

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)
William Fox-Pitt (GBR) aboard Cool Mountain winning HSBC FEI Classics™ Rolex 3-Day Event (Click for larger image)

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.

The top three final results were as follows:

1st William Fox-Pitt (GBR), Cool Mountain, 42.8
2nd Phillip Dutton (USA), Woodburn, 47.7
3rd Becky Holder (USA), Courageous Comet, 49.2

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:

William Fox-Pitt (GBR):  http://www.lloydbell.co.uk/access/client_zone/fox%20pitt%20end.mp3
Phillip Dutton (USA): http://www.lloydbell.co.uk/access/client_zone/dutton%20end.mp3
Becky Holder (USA): http://www.lloydbell.co.uk/access/client_zone/holder.mp3
Oliver Townend (GBR): http://www.lloydbell.co.uk/access/client_zone/townend%20end.mp3
William Fox-Pitt show jumping commentary by Rupert Bell: http://www.lloydbell.co.uk/access/client_zone/Ken%20Comm%20Fox%20Pitt.mp3

Final day press conference with top three riders:https://download.yousendit.com/THE1R0lhZy84aVB2Wmc9PQ

Further news and details are available on www.rk3de.org and www.alltechfeigames.com

The 2010 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, 22-25 April 2010.

FOX-PITT IS FLAWLESS TO SEIZE EARLY LEAD IN HSBC FEI CLASSICS

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.
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.

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.

Results and Standings

1 William Fox-Pitt/Cool Mountain (GBR) 42.8 + 0 + 0 = 42.8, 15 points

2 Phillip Dutton/Woodburn (USA) 47.7 + 0 + 0 = 47.6, 12 points

3 Becky Holder/Courageous Comet (USA) 45.2 + 0 + 4 = 49.2, 10 points

4 Boyd Martin/Neville Bardos (USA) 51.8 + 0 + 0 = 51.8, 8 points

5 Stephanie Rhodes-Bosch/Port Authority (CAN) 52 + 0 + 0 = 52, 6 points

6 Phillip Dutton/The Foreman (USA) 47.2 + 0.4 + 8 = 56

7 Karen O’Connor/Mandiba (USA) 43.7 + 4.4 + 8 = 56.1, 4 points

8 Selina O’Hanlon/Colombo (USA) 52.7 + 0 + 4 = 56.7, 3 points

9 Hawley Bennett-Awad/Gin & Juice (USA) 53.8 + 0 + 4 = 57.8, 2 points

10 Michelle Mueller/Amistad (CAN) 52.5 + 6.4 + 4 = 62.9, 1 point

Full results on www.rk3de.org

HSBC FEI Classics™ Calendar of Events in 2010
1. 21-25 April – Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event (USA)
2. 30 April – 03 May – Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials (GBR)
3. 17-20 June – Luhmühlen CCI**** presented by E.ON Avacon (GER)
4. 2-5 September – Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials (GBR)
5. 4-7 NovemberLes Etoiles de Pau (FRA)

Prize Money
HSBC will contribute US$ 1million to the series over the next three years. Prize-money is awarded, as follows, to the top five riders on the leaderboard after the fifth and final event:

WINNERS OF THE 2009 SEASON
1. Oliver Townend (GBR) – US$ 150,000 (Series champion);
2. Dirk Schrade (GER) – US$ 75,000;
3. Andreas Dibowski – (GER) US$ 50,000;
4. William Fox-Pitt (GBR) – US$ 33,000;
5. Sam Griffiths (AUS) – US$ 25,000

Notes to Editors

HSBC, the world’s local bank, is a platinum partner of FEI and global sponsor of the eventing discipline.

As part of this partnership, HSBC is title sponsor of the HSBC FEI Classics™ and HSBC FEI World Cup™.

At the centre of all HSBC’s sponsorships is a commitment to youth, education and community. The Pony Club and HSBC have teamed up to create the HSBC Pony Club Eventing Training Programme.

For further information, including Rules and Standings, visit www.fei.org. Previews, reports, results and photographs for each event will be available from the FEI throughout the season.

Media Contact:

Marty Baumann

Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event

info@classic-communications.com

+ 1 859 233 3374

Malina Gueorguiev

FEI Press Manager

malina.gueorguiev@fei.org

+ 41 78 750 61 33

Eventing Radio Show Episode 76 – Rolex 2010 Cross Country Day Review

Cross Country ends at the 2010 Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event as William Fox-Pitt maintains the lead on Cool Mounting. Lucinda Green joins us to review the rides of the day and look forward to stadium on Sunday. Listen in….

Eventing Radio Show Episode 76 – Rolex 2010 Cross Country Day Review:

  • Picture: William Fox-Pitt aboard Cool Mountain put in a clear and fast cross-country round today to defend their position as overnight leaders. Fox-Pitt does not have a rail in hand as he heads into tomorrow’s show jumping phase with a 42.8. Kim Severson and Tipperary Liadhnan who are sitting on a 44.8 moved up from fourth to second place with a double clear round. Becky Holder and Courageous Comet round out the top three with a 45.2. Photo by Josh Walker from useventing.com.
  • Co-Host: Lucinda Green
  • See all of our coverage. See the entry list here.
  • Follow the Chronicle of the Horse coverage here.

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