Andy Nicholson, Quimbo Capture Rolex Crown
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Andrew Nicholson of New Zealand was the big winner of the 2013 Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event Sunday at the Kentucky Horse Park. He did it aboard Quimbo, a Spanish-bred horse that wasn't quite good enough to show-jump. Nicholson also finished third on English ex-racehorse Calico Joe.
Britain's William Fox-Pitt finished second with Seacookie adding nothing to his dressage score. He retired his other horse, dressage leader, the stallion Chilli Morning, after a refusal at the first water hazard on the cross country course. Fox-Pitt also broke a finger in his left hand during the show-jumping but managed to continue and said he hopes it won't bother him next weekend at Badminton - there he and Andrew will face off once more for the $350,000 Rolex Grand Slam, the triple crown of Eventing.
American Buck Davidson finished fourth aboard Ballynoe Castle RM, a horse he rode on the USA team at the 2010 World Equestrian Games. This makes him the 2013 United States Equestrian Federation National Champion.
Lynn Symansky, from Middleburg, Virginia, finished fifth on ex-racehorse Donner, making her the USEF Reserve Champion. She also won Best Turned Out Award at the Final Horse Inspection, and the Best Conditioned Horse Award.