Morning Session of Cross Country
competitors ran double clears Cross Country before the lunch break. They are all
in the top four after twenty-three starters in the morning session.
Top Five after the Morning Session:
Tim Lips (NED), Concrex Oncarlos - 42.0
(DCXC) (Tim and Concrex Oncarlos are pictured at the right at The Head of the
2. Oliver Townend (GBR), Carousel Quest - 45.2 (DCXC)
Stephen Bradley, Brandenburg's Joshua - 48.6 (.4 Time XC)
Dutton, Woodburn - 48.6 (DCXC)
5. Ashley Adams, Vaunted - 58.5 (2.8
Afternoon Session of Cross Country
Fredericks and Bettina Hoy switched places after the Cross Country. Lucinda and
moved up to first
on the strenght of a double clear round, while Bettina Hoy and Ringwood Cockatoo
dropped to second with 9.6 time faults.(Lucinda
and Headley Brittania are pictured at the left jumping into the Infield Water.)
commented, "I had a fantastic ride over the second half of the course. We
did motor! I don't think I've ever been so fast!"
said regarding her 9.6 time faults with Ringwood Cockatoo, "I never
really pushed hard. He went down behind in the dcouble of corners. I'm very very
proud of him!"
"Bettina and Ringwood Cockatoo are pictured at the right at at the Trakehner."
Davidson and My Boy Bobby held their third place adding only1.2 time faults to
their Dressage score.
Buck stated, "Both
my horses were terrific.
A dog chased me
and bit Ballynoe Castle RM
(Bucks other horse
who is currently standing 29th) and bit him right above the hock."
Buck was charged
with a refusal as a result of the incident. The latest up date (5:45 PM, Sat.)
is that Buck's stop will be taken away as well as some of his time faults
(Buck and My
Boy Bobby are pictured at the left below at the fence into the Infield Water.)
of the Netherlands, the leader after the morning
Cross Country runs,
finished in fourth place with a double clear
Top Ten After the Cross Country Phase:
1. Lucinda Fredericks (AUS), Headley
Brittania - 32.3 (DCXC)
2. Bettina Hoy (GER), Ringwood Cockatoo - 38.4
(9.6 time XC)
3. Buck Davidson, My Boy Bobby - 40.2 (1.2 time XC)
Tim Lips (NED), Concrex Oncarlos - 42.0 (DCXC)
5. Nicholas Touzaint
(FRA), Hidalgo de L'Ile - 44.3 (DCXC)
6. Lucy Weigersma (GBR), Woodfall's
Inigo Jones - 44.4 (1.2 time XC)
7. Oliver Townend (GBR), Carousel Quest
- 45.2 (DCXC)
8. William Fox-Pitt (GBR), Seacookie - 45.9 (2.4 time
9. Phillip Dutton, Connaught - 47.0 (DCXC)
10. Stephen Bradley,
Brandenburg's Joshua - 48.6 (.4 time XC)
Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event published the following Press Release on Saturday:
is with Great sadness that we announce that Kingpin, ridden by Mike Winter and
owned by the rider and the Kingpin Syndicate, died while competing it the Rolex
Kentucky Three-Day Event and died at the scene.
The rider was evaluated
by medical personnel on site and sent to Georgetown Community Hospital for further
Veterinary and medical personnel were in attendance at the
time of the fall. The cause of the horse's death will be announced when determined
after a necropsy.
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Flies to the Lead; Buck Davidson Remains Top-Placed American in Third at the 2009
Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event
By Joanie Morris
KY The top two places shuffled but the names on top of the leaderboard
remained the same after the cross country at the 2009 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day
Australias Lucinda Fredericks had a lightning fast
round on her chestnut mare Headley Britannia. Trying to duplicate her husband
Claytons winning feat in 2007, Fredericks blazed around and made the optimum
time of 11 minutes despite having to go the long way at the Head of the Lake.
Things didnt go quite as planned at the Head of the
Lake, said Fredericks. Shes a funny little thing, she can get
strong and be difficult to manage at the beginning of the course, I had always
planned to take the long route at the sunken road, I just had a bee in my bonnet
about that. Then I was making up the time and she had really opened up, I came
around the corner and didnt quite get the distance I wanted (at the Head
of the Lake). I had planned for six (strides to the corner) and I got four.
The pair stands on their dressage score of 32.3. A winner at Burghley
in 2006 and Badminton in 2007, the diminutive 16-year-old Thoroughbred cross is
poised to become the first mare to win this CCI****.
think Ive ever gone so fast she just motored, said Fredericks.
Dressage winner Bettina Hoy gave her 18-year-old Irish Sport Horse
veteran, Ringwood Cockatoo, a sympathetic ride around Mike Etherington-Smiths
course. The German rider swapped places with Fredericks when she picked up 9.6
time faults. Their two-day score of 38.4, keeps them less than a rail clear of
the top placed American.
He was a little bit backed off,
said Hoy. He wouldnt be the most confident horse with drop fences,
and there were a lot of drops out there. But we are like an old married couple
out there, Im very, very proud of him.
who gave Carl and Cassandra Segals My Boy Bobby a fantastic ride, picked
up 1.2 time faults along the way. They lead the 12th Rolex/USEF National CCI****
The 13-year-old Irish Sport Horse jumps with the very
best, but lacks a little bit of gallop. Davidson, who is one of the top up-and-coming
professionals in the country at 32 years old, rode very accurately, looked after
Bobby and got him home safely at his first CCI****.
stuck in there and tried harder than I thought he ever would, said Davidson.
I had a few time faults but Im very, very proud of him. He gave me
everything he had. He was so good through the Lake to go to the corner on a long
stride. It was hot out there and he just kept trying.
shared the course with his father at the end of the afternoon, Bruce Davidson,
Sr. Bruce has won the event five times, Buck has been the leading young rider
on numerous occasions and was fourth in 2003.
I was so excited
and relieved to see Dad come home on Cruise Lion, said Davidson. He
was so proud.
Davidson had a mishap on his first horse, BallyNoe
Castle RM. Just before the sunken road a dog ran onto the course and BallyNoe
Castle RM had a refusal at the first element. Despite that, Davidson was really
proud of both his horses at their first CCI****.
were terrific, said Davidson. I couldnt have asked for better
rides on either.
Perfect weather and conditions greeted the
competitors and the track rode well, a great test run for the 2010 Alltech FEI
World Equestrian Games to be held at the Kentucky Horse Park next September.
For complete results and a live web cast please see: www.rk3de.org.
William Fox-Pitt is live in the Rolex Grand Slam, which offers $350,000
to any rider who can win the three most prestigious CCI**** events in the world
(Badminton, Burghley and Rolex Kentucky) in any order, in succession. Fox-Pitt
won last years Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials with Tamarillo, if he wins
Rolex Kentucky he will head to Badminton in two weeks time to attempt to accomplish
a feat only done once before. Fellow Brit, Pippa Funnell won the Rolex Grand Slam
in 2003. Currently he lies eighth on 45.9 with Seacookie.
first year ever, the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event is part of the HSBC Classics
Series. This series features $150,000 in prize money to the rider who accumulates
the most points at the five global CCI****s. The series begins in Lexington and
finishes in Pau, France in October. For more information, please visit: http://www.fei.org/Disciplines/Eventing/Pages/HSBCFEIClassics.aspx.
For more information, please contact Joanie
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