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El cero en el salto en pista con BAY MY HERO le ratifica en el liderazgo que tenía finalizada la doma y el cross. El sin falta también de la re

El cero en el salto en pista con BAY MY HERO le ratifica en el liderazgo que tenía finalizada la doma y el cross. El sin falta también de la representante de E. Unidos Lauren Kieffer / VERONICA la siguen manteniendo en el puesto 2º. 3º Bruce Davidson Jr / BALLINOE CASTLE que viene de 4º puesto, pues MR.  MEDICOTT con P. Dutton no es aceptado en la inspección veterinaria.

 

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Video William Fox-Pitt  / BAY MY HERO en el cross de Kentucky 2014

    [caption id="attachment_22220" align="aligncenter" width="800"]William Fox-Pitt con BY MAY HERO. Foto de Ben Radvani William Fox-Pitt con BY MAY HERO. Foto de Ben Radvani[/caption]     [caption id="attachment_22221" align="aligncenter" width="533"]Lauren Kieffer con VERONICA. Foto de Michell Dunn Lauren Kieffer con VERONICA. Foto de Michell Dunn[/caption]

Fox-Pitt Aims For Third Win At Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, Presented by Land Rover

  Lexington, Ky., April 26, 2014 - William Fox-Pitt of Great Britain is in perfect position to win the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event for the third time. He rode Bay My Hero to a faultless cross-country round to take over the top spot (44.0) with only show jumping left to go.   Lauren Kieffer, of Middleburg, Va., rode Veronica faultlessly into second place (46.7), and Phillip Dutton, of West Grove, Pa., did the same with Mr. Medicott to edge into third place (49.5).   All three riders moved up one place when dressage leader Allison Springer, on Arthur, ran out at fence 21C, incurring 20 jumping penalties. "I just needed to kick, and I held. I didnt get there in three strides, and I had a run-out," said Springer, whos now in 26thplace.   Dutton had been tied for fourth place with two other riders, but they each finished with minor time faults. Michael Pollard incurred 2.0 time faults with Mensa G to drop to fifth place, and Jan Byyny had 3.2 time faults on Inmidair to drop to 11th place.   Fox-Pitt, 45, also rode Seacookie TSF to finish with 7.6 time faults, leaving him in 16th place.   "I was thrilled with both my horses, particularly Bay My Hero, because he was the less experienced of the two, and hed never done a three-day with hills like this," said Fox-Pitt. "He was especially surprised by the Head of Lake and all the people there. But he carried his tubby little body around the course inside the time."   A total of 55 horses started on Derek di Grazias cross-country course, and 20 finished without jumping faults or time faults. Another 10 horses finished with no jumping faults but with time faults ranging from 1.6 to 14.8, and 10 more finished with jumping faults and time faults. Ten horses were eliminated, and six retired on course.   Fox-Pitt answered criticism that, with exactly half the field completing the course without jumping faults, the course wasnt sufficiently demanding.   "I dont think any of us thought it was easy. There were still quite a few that didnt get around, and I think its very important to strike a balance," he said. "The ground was perfect, and the result shows the quality of the field. Hopefully it set them up to compete well at the World Equestrian Games in France late this summer.   Andrew Nicholson, the Rolex Kentucky winner in 2013, said after riding Avebury to a faultless round to stand in seventh place, "I thought Dereks raised the game a bit more since last year. I thought last year that he had a lot of smooth turns in the combinations that we all, of course, liked. This year those turns were sharper. A few years ago we would have all said it was too twisty, but they rode smoothly. You have to keep challenging everyone-thats what makes better riding. Derek does a great job-he really knows what horses jump safely."   Kieffer, 26 and poised to place in the top five at Rolex Kentucky for the first time, thought the course was a perfect challenge for her and Veronica, a 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare. "My mare couldnt have been better, and weve really formed a partnership," she said.   Karen OConnor, who suffered from a career-ending neck injury in October 2012, previously rode both Veronica and Mr. Medicott at the four-star level. OConnor won the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event in 1999. Kieffer began riding Veronica, the horse with which OConnor fell, shortly after that, and Dutton began riding Mr. Medicott, the horse OConnor rode in the 2012 Olympics, in mid-2013.   Dutton said he enjoyed his round on Mr. Medicott, a 15-year-old Irish Sporthorse gelding. It was their first three-day event together. "Mr. Medicott has been around so many courses all around the world that I was just hanging on and letting him do his job," said Dutton.   "I think weve gotten along pretty well," said Dutton. "He goes like a Thoroughbred horse, and I learned my trade on hot Thoroughbred horses, so its sort of been like coming home. Ive had to give in to what he wants to do, and hes had to be a bit respectful to me. So weve tried to form a partnership that way."   Dutton is also standing in ninth place on Trading Aces, a horse on which hes substituting for friend Boyd Martin, who broke his leg in March. Martin retired Trading Aces late on course in 2013, but this year Dutton rode him to the Land Rover Best Ride of the Day, an award to the U.S. rider who finishes closest to the optimum time of 11:12, with no jumping penalties.   Dutton, as the fifth rider on course, finished exactly on the optimum time, and he won a two-year lease of a 2014 Range Rover Evoke as a result. Dutton also won $5,000 from SSG Gloves for finishing closest to the optimum time.   Dutton smiled and said he would not be sharing the car with Martin, because hed won a different model of car with Trading Aces earlier this year.   With Kieffer in second, Dutton in third, and Marilyn Little in fourth in RF Demeter, the U.S team has a comfortable lead in the Dubarry of Ireland Nations Team Challenge. Their score of 147.5 leads Great Britains total of 163.8 and Canadas total of 184.9.   The Saturday paid attendance was 35,471.   The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, Presented by Land Rover, April 24-27 at the Kentucky Horse Park, is one of the worlds most prestigious equestrian competitions and features the worlds best horses and riders vying for their share of $250,000 in prize money, as well as a shot at the $350,000 Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing, which is awarded to any rider who wins the Rolex Kentucky, Mitsubishi Motors Badminton and Land Rover Burghley four-star Events in succession.   The 2014 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event is a selection trial for the 2014 FEI World Equestrian Games and will crown the 17th Rolex/USEF National CCI4* Champion. The only four-star event in the Western Hemisphere, Rolex Kentucky draws an estimated 60,000 to 70,000 spectators and is seen by millions more on worldwide telecasts.   This year, for the first time ever, Rolex Kentucky includes a team challenge. The Dubarry of Ireland Nations Team Challenge will award $20,000 in prize money, while helping national teams prepare for the team competition at the World Equestrian Games this summer. The winning nation will be the nation with the fewest penalties after adding together the final scores of the three highest-placed individuals from that nation.   Rolex Kentucky is a fun time for all in attendance. Aside from the competition, the event features exquisite shopping in the Sponsor Village; an International Trade Fair with almost 200 booths and tents displaying designer clothing, artwork, gifts, sport clothing, horse-related items, and event souvenir items; and the brand-new "Kentucky Uncovered," which highlights products unique to the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Rolex Kentucky also features a variety of other entertaining attractions. General admission to the Kentucky Horse Park, Americas only theme park dedicated to horses, is included with each Rolex Kentucky ticket.   Coverage of Americas only Four Star Event includes an NBC broadcast - the Rolex Equestrian Championships presented by Land Rover - which will air on Sunday, May 4. All four days of the competition is being streamed online LIVE on USEFNetwork.com, presented by SmartPak, beginning on Thursday, April 24.   For equestrian fans throughout the rest of the world, FEI TV is airing LIVE coverage of Saturdays cross-country and Sundays show jumping competitions. To sign up for FEI TV, visitwww.feitv.org.   The broadcast schedule is listed below, and is also available on the USEF Network coverage page, www.usefnetwork.com/featured/2014Rolex/.  All broadcast times are subject to change.   *              April 26: LIVE Cross-Country on USEFNetwork.com, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EDT *              April 27: LIVE Show Jumping on USEFNetwork.com, 1:15 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EDT Awards Ceremony on USEFNetwork.com, 3:00 p.m. EDT *              May 4: Rolex Equestrian Championships on NBC, 2:00-3:00 p.m. EDT   Equestrian Events, Inc. (EEI) is a non-profit charitable Kentucky corporation that was established initially to produce the 1978 World Three-Day Event Championships at the Kentucky Horse Park. Following the success of those championships, EEI established an annual event which quickly evolved into what is today the only Four Star three-day event in the Western Hemisphere, the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. The Kentucky Reining cup was incorporated as part of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event schedule in 2011. FEI PRESS RELEASE Lausanne (SUI), 28 April 2014   FEI Classics™: Fox-Pitt is the Hero at Kentucky   By Kate Green   William Fox-Pitt (GBR) kept the cool head for which he is famous to win his third Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event in five years. Fox-Pitt, already a triple winner of the FEI Classics™, now heads the 2013/2014 leaderboard by 15 points after three out of six legs.   The runner-up, Lauren Kieffer (USA), competing in only her second CCI4*, must have made American hearts beat faster with her brilliant clear Jumping round on Veronica which left Fox-Pitt no margin for error in a nail-biting finale.   But Fox-Pitt, who has now set a new record by winning the Kentucky CCI4* on three different horses, does not give away many prizes and he had Catherine Witt’s attractive bay gelding Bay My Hero jumping on springs to produce a faultless round.   “He was superb,” said Fox-Pitt breathlessly afterwards. “Lauren really put the pressure on me so I was going in there thinking I am so pleased that even if it’s not me then it’s going to be an American because the support is so amazing over here. The atmosphere in there is crazy; he jumped so well, he was magic!”   “It took a lot of focus to go in there and stay cool,” admitted 26-year-old Kieffer, who took over the ride on the 12-year-old mare from Karen O’Connor, with whom she is based in Virginia. “I tried to go in there and ride it like anything else. I think my coach will be pleased!”   New US team trainer David O’Connor had a dream weekend as home riders dominated the top placings, with Buck Davidson rising to third place with a clear round on Ballynoe Castle RM, revealing that the horse suffered pneumonia a couple of months ago. “He has been so consistent over his career and has such a great heart,” said Davidson. “You only have to tell him it’s Kentucky and he’ll go!”   Marilyn Little was fifth and sixth on RF Smoke on the Water and RF Demeter, and Jan Byyny climbed back up the order to seventh place on Inmidair.   “The Americans are looking really strong,” said Fox-Pitt. “We’ll all really have to watch our backs at the World Equestrian Games this summer.”   Fox-Pitt claimed another top-10 finish with ninth place on Seacookie TSF, last year’s runner-up, which is also owned by Catherine Witt, and Selena O’Hanlon was best of the Canadians in 10th place on Foxwood High.   Disappointingly for US supporters, Phillip Dutton (USA) withdrew Mr Medicott, with which he was lying third overnight, before the Jumping. Dutton did have the consolation of finishing eighth on the injured Boyd Martin’s ride Trading Aces and won a two-year lease on a Land Rover for having finished bang on the optimum Cross Country time the day before.   There were 11 clear Jumping rounds (one with a time fault) from the 37 finishers. Michael Pollard dropped from fifth to 14th when Mensa G hit three rails, while Andrew Nicholson (NZL) had an uncharacteristically disastrous round on Avebury, incurring 25 penalties to drop to 21st place.   Kentucky has provided an uplifting start to the 2014 international season and should whet the appetite for the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials (8-11 May) which takes place in a fortnight’s time. Fox-Pitt will hoping to maintain the momentum there, when he has the choice of former Kentucky winners Cool Mountain and Parklane Hawk, plus Chilli Morning.   About the winner William Fox-Pitt, 44, has won 52 CCIs, including a record 13 CCI4*s: Badminton (2004), Burghley six times (1994, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2011), Luhmühlen (2008), Kentucky three times (2010, 2012 and 2014) and Pau twice (2011 and 2013). He is the only rider to have won five out of the world’s six CCI4*s.   He has also represented Britain 17 times in championships, winning Olympic silver (2004 and 2012) and bronze (2008), world team gold and individual silver on Cool Mountain (2010) plus team silver in 2006 and team bronze in 2002. He has six European team gold medals, one team bronze, two individual silvers (1997 and 2005) and individual bronze last year on the stallion Chilli Morning.   Fox-Pitt is married to Alice, a racing commentator on television. They live near Sturminster Newton, Dorset, and have two sons, Oliver and Thomas, plus a daughter Chloe and another baby on the way.   Bay My Hero, an 11-year-old bay gelding owned by Catherine Witt, is an Irish Sport Horse by Cult Hero out of Bing Power. He was initially produced by John Marsden (GBR) and Fox-Pitt took over the ride in 2012, winning the CCI*, CCI2* and CCI3* at Tattersalls (IRL). The pair were runners-up in the Young Horse CIC3* at Blenheim (GBR) and fourth at Pau CCI4* (FRA) in 2012.   Final results 1 William Fox-Pitt/Bay My Hero (GBR) 44.0 + 0 + 0 = 44.0 2 Lauren Kieffer/Veronica (USA) 46.7 + 0 + 0 = 46.7 3 Buck Davidson/Ballynoe Castle RM (USA) 51.7 + 0 + 0 = 51.7 4 Sinead Halpin/Manoir de Carneville  (USA) 51.5 + 0 + 0 = 51.7 5 Marilyn Little/RF Smoke on the Water (USA) 52.5 + 0 + 0 = 52.5 6 Marilyn Little/RF Demeter (USA) 51.3 + 0 + 4 = 55.3 7 Jan Byyny/Inmidair (USA) 49.5 + 3.2 + 0 = 56.7 8 Phillip Dutton/Trading Aces (USA) 52.5 + 0 + 5 = 57.5 9 William Fox-Pitt/Seacookie TSF (GBR) 51.5 + 7.6 + 0 = 59.1 10 Selena O’Hanlon/Foxwood High (CAN) 56.8 + 1.6 + 1 = 59.4   Full results on www.rk3de.org   FEI Classics™ 2013/2014 Leaderboard (after 3 of 6 events)   1William Fox-Pitt (GBR) 30 points 2 Christopher Burton (AUS) 15 3 Maxime Livio (FRA) 12 4 Lauren Kieffer (USA) 12 5 Sonja Johnson (AUS) 12 6 Phillip Dutton (USA) 11 7 Buck Davidson (USA) 10 8 Craig Barrett (AUS) 10 9 Sinead Halpin (USA) 8 10 Shane Rose (AUS) 8 See full standings here   FEI Classics™ 2013/2014 calendar   1 Les Etoiles de Pau CCI 4* (FRA) - 23-27 October 2013 2 Australian International 3 Day Event (AUS) - 14-17 November 2013 3 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event (USA) - 23-27 April 2014 4 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials (GBR) - 8-11 May 2014 5 Luhmühlen CCI 4* presented by DHL Paket (GER) - 12-15 June 2014 6 Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials (GBR) - 4-7 September 2014       For complete information, please visit www.RK3DE.org.

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