The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event took place at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington from April 24-27. The event began with the dressage phase held over two days. On Saturday the cross-country endurance test took place and on Sunday the show jumping decided the final winners.
Each day riders took turns claiming first place but when the final rider in show jumping negotiated the course it was William Fox-Pitt who earned the coveted title with his horse Bay My Hero. In second was Lauren Kieffer on Veronica. Third place went to Buck Davidson riding Ballynoe Castle RM. Fourth was Sinead Halpin riding Manoir De Carneville.
In fifth was Marilyn Little on RF Smoke on the Water. Sadly shortly after returning home from Rolex Smoke got cast in his stall and in his attempt to free himself his injuries ultimately forced him to be put down. It was a sad ending on such a short lived but successful career.
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William Fox-Pitt riding Bay My Hero
British rider William Fox-Pitt and Bay My Hero placed first in the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. The pair competed in perfect conditions over the cross-country course.
William Fox-Pitt and Bay My Hero at the Head of the Lake
William Fox-Pitt was brilliant on Bay My Hero at Head of the Lake where they jumped in and out of the water and continued on to ultimately win this year's event.
William Fox-Pitt and Bay My Hero heading home.
William Fox-Pitt and Bay My Hero negotiating the last jump in the water jump at the 2014 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. They were more than half way through the course.
Lauren Kieffer riding Veronica
Lauren Kieffer rode Veronica to a second place finish at the 2014 Rolex-Kentucky Three-Day Event. Lauren was brilliant over all three phases of this four star event.
Lauren Kieffer and Veronica
Lauren Kieffer successfully negotiates Veronica over a big log near the middle of the 27 fences they needed to negotiate to finish the cross-country phase of this four star event at the Kentucky Horse Park.
Lauren Kieffer on the final stretch with Veronica
Nearing the end of the cross-country course Lauren Kieffer and Veronica continue to show why they deserved to place second in this prestigious event.
Buck Davidson riding Ballynoe Castle RM
Buck Davidson and Ballynoe Castle showing the brilliance that placed them third in the 2014 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, held in Lexington, KY.
Buck Davidson and Ballynoe Castle RM
Buck Davidson and Ballynoe Castle RM were the last combination to negotiate the challenging cross-country course designed by Derek DiGrazia over the Kentucky Horse Park landscape.