Lexington, Ky. - The 2014 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Land Rover came to a close Sunday afternoon with 37 horse-and-rider combinations entering the final phase of competition. Richard Jeffery's 13 obstacle show jumping course set the stage in the Rolex Stadium for an exciting finish to Kentucky's CCI4*. A sold-out crowd of 22,388 saw 10 pairs went double clear with five of those being the top five riders.
William Fox-Pitt (GBR) held onto his lead with Bay My Hero to claim the 2014 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Land Rover win, adding nothing to his dressage score of 44.0. With Catherine Witt's 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding, Fox-Pitt finished with his usual winning style, jumping double clear to claim his third win in Kentucky.
"Each win is very special for its own merits. I think that with every one you still can't believe that it happened," Fox-Pitt shared. "The odds are always so stacked against you in our sport. I didn't come here expecting to win; I came with two lovely horses hoping they would go well. To come out on top is just fantastic; it's very special."
Bay My Hero has been in Fox-Pitt's yard since he was five, so he has long been part of his team and feels like a family member, making the win all the more meaningful. Their long relationship with one another paid off on Sunday at the Kentucky Horse Park. "He felt fantastic today. I think he's a real little fighter. He came out this morning thinking he was kingpin. He enjoys every minute of it," Fox-Pitt fondly said of Bay My Hero. "He got a little bit excited when the crowd went wild after Lauren [Kieffer] jumped a clear round and he tried to leg it back up the chute. I felt a bit the same actually. I thought 'the two of us, let's go home now. I will settle for second, that's fine.' But he was definitely on his toes today. When he has a job to do, he does it and he really enjoys it."