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Springer and Arthur Lead After Dressage at Kentucky Rolex 3-Day


By Kate Green
American rider Alison Springer and Arthur took the lead after Dressage with the only sub-40 mark at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event (USA) presented by Bridgestone, the third leg of the HSBC FEI Classics.

The duo are well-known exponents of the art of Dressage and can always be relied upon to produce a beautiful test at this level, but the elegant chestnut gelding also has a tendency to suffer from nerves.

Springer, a Kentucky regular, explained: “I’ve tried to bring a different attitude this year, not putting as much pressure on myself. He’s never going to be a relaxed horse, but I am working on figuring out what I need to do to keep him calm and confident. I haven’t figured it all yet, but he’s a good horse and I am excited about the partnership I can have with him.”

Commenting on the Derek di Grazia designed Cross Country, Springer said: “It’s a tough course. Last year, I had a tremendous ride. I know what I need to do to produce my best tomorrow. Hopefully, I can make good decisions.”
Burghley winner William Fox-Pitt (GBR) kept his Rolex Grand Slam chances alive with second place on Parklane Hawk. If he wins at Kentucky, and then at Badminton (GBR) a week later, where he has two useful rides, he will be the first rider since Pippa Funnell (GBR) in 2003 to capture the elusive $350,000 prize which goes to the rider who can triumph at the three CCI4*s consecutively. Fox-Pitt is also the current leader of the HSBC FEI Classics, which he has won twice before, and is wearing the armband as leader of the HSBC Rider Rankings.

Clark Montgomery (USA) was next best of the home side in third place on Loughan Glen. “My horse is young and green but he’s a sweetheart and he wants to do his job. He understands the three phases of Eventing and he always tries, which makes him a real competitor.”

Fifty-seven competitors from five nations have come before the Ground Jury of Anne-Mette Binder (DEN) and Nick Burton (GBR), both of whom will be officiating at the London Olympic Games this summer, and Michel Asseray (FRA).

Results (after Dressage)
1 Alison Springer/Arthur (USA) 39.8
2 William Fox-Pitt/Parklane Hawk (GBR) 41.3
3 Clark Montgomery/Loughan Glen (USA) 43.2
4 Karen O? Connor/Mr Medicott (USA) 44.2
5 Jonathan Paget/Clifton Promise (NZL) 44.8
6 Boyd Martin/Remington XXV (USA) 45.3
7 Michael Pollard/Icarus (USA) 46.7
8 Lucy Wiegersma/Granntevka Prince (GBR) 47.5
9 Karen O?Connor/Veronica (USA) 47.8
10 Andrew Nicholson/Calico Joe (NZL) 48.7

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