Severson and Winsome Adante Claim Second Victory in Rolex Kentucky
Three-Day Event CCI**** Presented by Bayer
Lexington, KYApril 25, 2004 Kim Severson and Winsome
Adante led the field from start to finish to claim victory in the
2004 CCI**** Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Bayer, held
April 22-25, at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY.
winner in 2002, a broken leg prevented Severson from defending her
title last year, but Three-Day Eventing fans were thrilled to see
the 30-year-old Virginia native return to the winners circle.
Severson of Keene, VA, took the early lead on Friday with a dressage
performance that garnered a score of 37 penalty points from the
international panel of judges. Throughout the next two phases, cross-country
and stadium jumping, Severson and Winsome Adante were perfection
personified, adding nothing to their opening score to claim their
second Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event at the four-star level. Riding
Over The Limit, Severson also won the three-star division of the
event in 1999, the final year the CCI*** was held.
feel more connected with Winsome Adante than I have in the past,
he feels stronger and more together, said Severson who earned
$60,000 US in prize money as well as a Rolex timepiece to add to
previous riders all posted clear rounds to put the pressure firmly
on Seversons shoulders, but neither she nor the 11-year-old
English thoroughbred gelding owned by Plain Dealing Farm, Inc.,
let it interfere with their game plan. Having contributed to the
Team Gold Medal effort at the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Jerez,
Spain, Severson is now hoping to be selected for the 2004 Olympic
Games in Athens, but is cautious about her chances.
been in this position before where it has looked good and we didnt
get to go, so its way to soon to tell, commented Severson.
Dutton of Australia and Nova Top finished as the runner-ups and
were awarded the Carimati Cup as the highest-placed foreign combination.
Dutton was one of seven riders to complete course designer Michael
Etherington-Smiths without penalty, a feat he repeated on
Sunday over the stadium jumping test set by Richard Jeffery to finish
on his dressage score of 43 penalty points.
an interesting horse, reflected Dutton of the 13-year-old
English thoroughbred gelding owned by Shannon Stinson. Someone
asked me this morning if I ever thought I would get this far with
him and Im not sure that I did. His dressage is getting a
lot better, hes turned out to be a cross-country machine and
in show jumping he just tries so hard.
Lufkin of Middleburg, VA, enjoyed a successful return to the sport
following a four-year hiatus while she completed her graduate studies
in California. Like Severson and Dutton, Lufkin also added nothing
to her dressage score of 45.8 penalty points riding Kildonan Tug,
an 11-year-old Australian thoroughbred gelding.
of the things I like best about this sport is that you experience
such a range of emotion, noted Lufkin, 33. You have
the nerves and you have the adrenaline, and you also care how your
friends are doing and feel for them if they have a bad day.
Fox-Pitt finished fourth with a score of 47.4 riding Ballincolla,
the same position as in 2002 when he made his Rolex Kentucky debut
aboard Stunning although he did one better in 2003, finishing third
aboard Moon Man. Rounding out the top five was Julie Richards of
Douglas, GA, riding Lufkins former mount, Jacob Two Two.
$190,000 in prize money, the CCI**** Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event
was a qualifying competition for the 2004 Olympic Games as well
as the seventh competition for the USET Foundation Pinnacle Cup.
addition to the CCI**** division, this years Rolex Kentucky
Three Day Event also hosted a Modified Four Star Three-Day Event
that was, in part, patterned after the format to be used for the
2004 Olympic Games in Athens. Open only to U.S. Citizens and Foreign
Riders residing in North America who have already qualified for
the Olympic Games under FEI rules, the Bayer Modified Four Star
division marks the first time ever that horses and riders had the
opportunity to run the shortened distance prescribed for Athens.
a dramatic finish, overnight leader Nathalie Bouckaert was the final
competitor out on course riding West Farthing. Coming to the very
first fence on the stadium jumping course, the 11-year-old English
thoroughbred gelding put on the brakes, resulting in four penalties
for the refusal. Once underway, Bouckaert of Chatsworth, GA, picked
up an additional eight jumping penalties as well as six time faults
to drop down to seventh position with a three-day total score of
misfortune was to Darren Chiacchias benefit as the Pan American
Champion moved into top spot to secure victory riding Windfall II,
an 11-year-old black Trakehner stallion. Despite having the final
fence on course down to incur four penalties, Chiacchias winning
score of 45.2 had him well in front and secures his place as one
the United States top hopefuls for the 2004 Olympic Games
think that Windfall has answered all of the questions, but it still
up to the Selectors and until it is in print, anything can happen!
noted Chiacchia of Springville, NY. Hes positioned himself
well, and proven that he is a horse that you can count on in all
again, victory was just out of Duttons reach. One of four
penalty-free stadium jumping performances catapulted the two-time
Olympic Team Gold Medallist into second place with Hannigan, a 13-year-old
Irish thoroughbred gelding, also formerly ridden by Lukfin.
good to move up the rankings when you can, but I was truly sorry
for Nathalie, commented Dutton. Ive known both
Hannigan and Nova Top for quite a while and when I get in the saddle,
I know what they will do.
Dutton continues to ride for his native Australia, he is based in
West Grove, PA, and Australian Olympic Selectors were on hand to
observe his performance. As for his hopes, Dutton commented, They
play their cards close to their chest, but if luck is on our side,
I hope to be in Athens.
in third position was John Williams of Middleburg, VA, and his handsome
12-year-old Canadian Sport Horse gelding, Carrick. Sitting sixth
after dressage, Williams slowly but steadily found himself improving
in the standings over the three days, helped by a clear cross-country
performance. Williams and Carrick were instrumental in the Team
Gold Medal victory at the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Jerez,
dropped rails in the final stadium jumping phase moved Amy Tryon
of Redmond, WA, down to fourth position with her long-time partner
My Beau, a 14-year-old Canadian thoroughbred gelding, while 2003
Pan American Championship Team Gold Medalist Stephen Bradley of
Leesburg, VA, and the Russian thoroughbred, From, rounded out the
top five with a final three-day score of 54 penalty points.
will present a 90-minute telecast of the 2004 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day
Event, presented by Bayer, on Sunday, May 2, from 1:30-3:00 p.m.
EDT. In addition, the Cross Country portion of the Rolex Kentucky
Three-Day Event will air on the Outdoor Life Network (OLN) on Sunday,
May 9 from 5:00-6:00 p.m. EDT and will re-air on Friday, May 14
from 12:00 noon-1:00 p.m. EDT. The Stadium Jumping portion of the
Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, which will include a Cross-Country
recap, will air on OLN on Sunday, May 16 from 5:00 6:00 p.m.
EDT and will re-air on Friday, May 21 from 12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m.
EDT. The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event also will be broadcast in
Europe on CNBC Europe, which will air coverage on Sunday, May 2
at 10:00 pm (Central European Time).
Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event is one of only four CCI**** events
held in the world. The three other events are the Mitsubishi Motors
Badminton Horse Trials and the Burghley Horse Trials in Great Britain
and Adelaide in Australia. The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event is
also part of the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing that awards $250,000
to any rider who can win Rolex Kentucky, Badminton and Burghley
addition to the exciting equestrian action, the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day
Event featured an international trade fair with more than 125 merchants,
the United States Pony Clubs Prince Philip Cup and a variety of
other fun family activities and entertaining attractions.
full information on the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event, presented
by Bayer, please visit the official Rolex Kentucky website at www.rk3de.org.