New Zealand rider maintains lead to win Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event

lblackford@herald-leader.comApril 28, 2013 

With a clear round in show-jumping, New Zealand rider Andrew Nicholson and his horse, Quimbo, claimed victory Sunday at the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event.

Although Nicholson was in first on one horse and second place on another after Saturday's cross country phase, he slipped to third on his second mount, Calico Joe, after that horse pulled three rails in the Rolex Stadium at the Kentucky Horse Park. Second place went to two-time Rolex winner and British champion William Fox-Pitt and Seacookie.

The highest-placed American rider at the Rolex Kentucky was Buck Davidson of Ocala, Fla., who came in fourth with Ballynoe Castle RM.

Nicholson's victory in Lexington sets up a fierce competition with Fox-Pitt at next weekend's Badminton Horse Trials in England. Both are vying for the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing, a $350,000 prize for the rider who wins the Rolex Kentucky, the Badminton and the Burghley. Last year, when Fox-Pitt was chasing the prize, the Badminton was rained out, so winning this year's Badminton would count as a Grand Slam for Fox-Pitt or Nicholson. The prize has been won only once before, by British rider Pippa Funnell in 2003.

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