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Heather asks "I stay focused in my lessons, but when I show I think about a million different things and completely lose my concentration. Why can't I focus when it counts?"
Andrew Nicholson raised his fist in victory when he crossed the finish line with Deborah Sellar’s 11-year-old Caballo de Deporte Español gelding Quimbo, having jumped clear to maintain the overnight lead and win the 2013 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event and the second leg of the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing. He also placed third with Calico Joe, taking home a grand total of $110,000.
All 30 horses that completed the cross-country yesterday were presented to the Ground Jury for the Final Horse Inspection this morning. Twenty-nine were accepted and will move on to showjumping this afternoon. Meghan O'Donoghue's Pirate and Kendal Lehari's Daily Edition were sent to the holding box, but the jogs ended on a high note when they were both accepted upon reinspection. James Alliston's highest place horse, Tivoli, ninth after dressage, was also held but sadly was spun upon reinspection.
Andrew Nicholson (NLZ) booked around the Rolex Kentucky CCI4* cross-country course to move into first and second, posting double-clear rounds with both Quimbo and Calico Joe, owned by Deborah Sellar and Twenty Twelve in Mind respectively. With at least two rails to spare between them, Andrew is in a very good position to claim the second leg of the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing and go forward to the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials head-to-head against William Fox-Pitt (GBR) in the bid for the $350,000 prize.
William Fox-Pitt (GBR) and the gorgeous copper-colored stallion Chilli Morning performed a breathtaking test this afternoon to take the lead after dressage at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event and USEF CCI4* Championship with an impeccable four-star score of 33.3.
All 46 horses presented today at the 16th Rolex Kentucky Kentucky Three-Day Event and USEF CCI4* Championship were accepted by the Ground Jury of Nick Burton (GBR), Christina Klingspor (SWE), Brian Ross (USA), as well as Veterinary Delegate Catherine Kohn, DVM, and will move on to the dressage phase of the competition. Quimbo, ridden by Andrew Nicholson (NZL) was held but passed on reinspection. Here’s To You, ridden by Emily Beshear (USA) was not presented.