Following a dramatic finale in the showjumping phase of the 2013 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, Andrew Nicholson (NZL) took the title with Deborah Sellar's ten year old dark bay Spanish-bred gelding Quimbo (by Lacros).
Britain's William Fox-Pitt rode Catherine Witt's Seacookie into second place whilst Nicholson also took third place with his own Calico Joe. William had lead the field after the dressage phase with the 2012 Bramham champion Chilli Morning but the pair retired on course across country.
Fox-Pitt and Nicholson will go head to head for the Rolex Grand Slam title later this week at the 2013 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials.
Andrew told Revolution Sport what he thought of his Kentucky 3DE round:
RS: Andrew - what a round – congratulations – Quimbo is a special horse isn’t he?
AN: "Ah he is class – he’s a special horse – he’s a performer and very cool in his mind. It’s great to win here and to make things this exciting at Badminton next week – I think Hugh Thomas must be rubbing his hands – and he hasn’t had to part with any cash!"
RS: So it’s game on next week for the Rolex Grand Slam next week?
AN: "Oh for sure. I went into the start box on the cross country when I knew William had pulled up Chilli Morning and I thought I would like to be on another of mine, but after the third fence I thought I am quite happy with what I’ve got and remembered how classy he is – it is days like that which are great – I think I am in with a big chance next week."