On Parklane Hawk, William Fox-Pitt of Great Britain (45.3 penalties) won the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, Presented by Bridgestone, for the second time in three years. His prizes include the signature Rolex Watch and $80,000 in prize money.
Fox-Pitt, 43, has now won two consecutive legs of the $350,000 Rolex Grand Slam. He won the Land Rover Burghley Three-Day Event (England) last September, and if he wins the Badminton Three-Day Event (England) next week, he’ll become only the second rider to win Rolex Grand Slam. (Pippa Funnell won the Rolex Grand Slam in 2003.) Fox-Pitt’s victory also extended his lead in the HSBC FEI Classics Series.
“This is the closest I’ve ever gotten to winning the Rolex Grand Slam. I’ve never managed to win two four-stars in a row, and this is wonderful, but to win three in a row is fairly unlikely,” said Fox-Pitt.
Fox-Pitt said that he felt fortunate to collect first place. ”I thought that the fence I had down was going to be a tricky fence for Parklane Hawk. He was just arguing with the bit today, and I was thinking, ‘You need to look at the jump, mate.’ When you have a fence down it makes a huge difference, and when the cushion is gone, panic can set in.”
He added, “It was a serious show jumping track, and I’m just very lucky that Allison took that long route at the third-last fence yesterday.” On Saturday’s Cross-Country course, Springer chose to jump the slow option on fence 27, which caused her to finish 8 seconds over the optimum time and add 3.2 time faults to her first-placed Dressage score.
Springer takes home the Range Rover…
Allison Springer of the United States, on Arthur, held on for second (47.0) and earned $37,000, and Boyd Martin of the United States, on Otis Barbotiere, moved up to third place (51.0) to earn $30,000. Martin also finished eighth on Remington XXV (56.9).
By winning the Rolex USET Four-Star Championship as the top-placed U.S. rider, Springer, 37, also won a special prize — an 18-month lease of a 2012 Range Rover HSE courtesy of Land Rover North America.
Springer test-drove the car on a lap around the Rolex Stadium during the awards ceremony. “It’s a good thing they kept someone in the car with me, or I’d have been out there doing donuts!” she said with a smile.
Springer, of Marshall, VA., said that she was “very, very pleased with Arthur. Four years ago, I went into show jumping in fifth place, and I stopped counting after five rails. But this time I was excited to come in the show jumping ring because I knew what I had to do, and I did it. It’s great to feel that way after all three days.”
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