Fox-Pitt of Great Britain Overtakes the Lead at 2002 Rolex
Kentucky Three-Day Event, Presented By Bayer, April 25 - 28
KY-April 26, 2002-In front of a crowd of 14,110, the leaderboard
changed dramatically following the completion of dressage at the
Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Bayer, held at the
Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, April 25-28, 2002.
With 36.20 penalty points, William Fox-Pitt of Great Britain overtook
the lead from countryman Ian Stark, whose score of 44.40 with Jaybee
dropped him to eighth position following the completion of the first
phase of dressage. "Today he tried very hard," praised
Fox-Pitt, 33, of his equine partner, the Irish-bred Springleaze
Macaroo. "He's actually got a good change in him when he's
Darren Chiacchia, 37, of Ocala, FL, moved into second position with
36.80 penalty points riding R.G.'s Renegade, a 12-year-old Thoroughbred/Selle
Francais gelding owned by Colleen Hofstetter of Mars, PA. Exemplifying
the international flavor of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event,
Olivia Bunn, 23, who traveled from Australia to compete at this
year's event for the first time, holds down third position with
GV Top of the Line on a score of 37.40.
"I decided to come here instead of Badminton because I had
heard how beautiful it is here," Bunn said. "I'm very
glad I did." Kim Vinoski, 28, of Scottsville, VA, is currently
in fourth position with 38.00 penalty points earned with Royal Venture
and also holds down tenth place with Winsome Adante.
The largest four-star field in Rolex Three-Day Event history, 63
horses will compete in Saturday's challenging phase of cross-country,
beginning at 8:30. Competition concludes on Sunday with stadium
jumping. The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event serves as the U.S. Equestrian
Team (USET) Four-Star Championship and is a selection trial for
this year's Eventing World Championships to be held at the World
Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain in September.
With entries from Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, and
the United States, there is no shortage of star power as the world's
best compete for $190,000 in prize money with the winner taking
home $60,000 and a Rolex timepiece.
In addition to being an international equestrian event, the Rolex
Kentucky Three-Day Event has something for everyone - an International
Trade Fair with more than 150 merchant and food vendors, Dog Agility
competition and a variety of other entertaining attractions.
For general information on the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, please
call Equestrian Events, Inc. at (859) 254-8123. Up-to-the-minute
results and a variety of additional event information can be obtained
by visiting the official web site, www.rk3de.org.