Rolex 2013
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I'm sometimes closer to the action than I ever would be in the arena. Where else could you position yourself to be three feet away from British rider William Fox-Pitt, who was last year’s winner, as he smiles and tightens his girth and checks his saddle?
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Andrew Nicholson of New Zealand expertly guided Quimbo around the show jumping course to win the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, Presented by Land Rover, for the first time on a score of 41.0.
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The excitement didn’t miss a beat on Saturday night, when the Kentucky Reining Cup kicked off in the Alltech arena.
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William Fox-Pitt started the morning off with a demonstration of “how to get the job done” on the Trakehner gelding Seacookie TSF. They finished the day in 4th place.
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I enjoyed viewing the different angles of the fences. One could also see the difference from start to finish how the horse tires by the time it gets to the end. The course seems longer when you can see it through to the end rather than just the fence you are photographing.
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I had the privilege of doing a short interview with international eventer and Pan American Games gold medalist Michael Pollard. He talked about Cavalor feeds and his work as CEO.
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Andrew Nicholson of New Zealand is holding all the cards at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, Presented by Land Rover: He’s standing in first place on Quimbo (38.0 penalties) and in second place on Calico Joe (40.8).
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William Fox-Pitt of Great Britain took a giant step toward winning his third Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, Presented by Land Rover, by emphatically winning the dressage phase on chilly morning.
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Andrew Nicholson and Calico Joe rode their test Thursday morning, and held onto the first place spot all day.
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Everyone who competes deserves to be cheered on, but I went over the list of competitors today and picked a few specific people to root for this year.
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What is it about loading luggage into a car that makes so much more stuff seem essential?
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Andrew Nicholson of New Zealand guided Calico Joe to the best score (40.8 penalties) on the first day of dressage at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, Presented by Land Rover. Becky Holder of the United States, on Can’t Fire Me (44.2), stands second, and Shandiss McDonald of Canada, on Rockfield Grant Juan (45.7), stands third.
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Katie Ruppel and Boyd Martin are the winners of the first awards to be presented at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Land Rover.
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In front of a die-hard crowd of about 300 people on a windy, wet and cold afternoon, the international ground jury accepted all of the 46 horses presented at the first horse inspection at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Land Rover.
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I’ve got a new top horse called Running Order who came from America, and I’m very excited about him. He’s produced by Doug Payne and is at the 4* level, he rode in the Rolex Kentucky last year, and although it’s early days he’s a super horse.
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