Fox-Pitt well-placed to claim third Kentucky crown

27 April 2013 / 11:51

William Fox-Pitt is well-placed to claim a hat-trick of Kentucky Three-Day Event titles after emphatically winning the dressage phase with horse Chilli Morning.

The Great British three-time Olympic medallist won the competition in 2010 and again last year and is well placed to defend his title this time around.

Fox-Pitt finished the dressage phase with a score of 33.3 penalties and holds a commanding lead over New Zealand’s Andrew Nicholson who is second with Quimbo on 38.0 and third on Calico Joe in 40.8.

Chilli Morning is a 13-year-old British-bred stallion that Fox-Pitt has only been riding for less than a year, but he couldn’t be happier with the pair’s progress.

"He’s got a great presence, and so when you’re riding him you feel you’re capturing the ground jury’s attention,” said 44-year-old Fox-Pitt of Chilli Morning.

"He paints a good picture throughout the test, and at this level you need to score well throughout the test.

“He’s a very consistent horse, and he’s very much with me in the ring. He’s a terrific horse to ride, and he did a lovely test.

"I’ve been very lucky to take on some horses later in their career, and I’ve gotten used to that. I quite enjoy it, actually.

“When a horse comes to you at the age of 12, like he did, you can’t change them. You have to learn to get on with them. It’s good fun.”

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