Andrew Hoy Tops Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event CCI**** Presented by Farnam

Seasoned competitor Andrew Hoy of Australia displayed the brilliant riding that has made him an Olympic medalist three times to win the top prize at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event CCI**** presented by Farnam. The event was held April 27-30 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.


Australia's Andrew Hoy and Master Monarch.

Hoy, aboard Master Monarch, rose from 17th place after dressage to win the four-star competition by riding faultless rounds in show jumping Sunday and in cross country on Saturday. He and the 15-year-old bay gelding finished with their dressage score of 53.1.

Hoy won the individual Olympic silver medal in 2000 and two team gold medals. He first competed at Kentucky in the 1978 World Championships 28 years ago. "It's interesting how yesterday (April 29) changed the leaderboard so much," Hoy said on Sunday, April 30. "To go home the winner here is very special."

Heidi J. White of Aiken, S.C., and Northern Spy finished second and, as the top American pair, won the United States Equestrian Federation's Four-Star Championship. After a clear round on the Kentucky Horse Park's challenging four-star cross-country jumping course on Saturday, White and the British-bred Thoroughbred pulled just two rails on the twisting, turning show jumping course in the Sheila Johnson Arena on Sunday. Their final score was 57.4.

Third place went to 1992 Olympian Stephen Bradley of Leesburg, Va., and Brandenburg's Joshua, a Thoroughbred who won the 2005 Foxhall Cup CCI***. The two had no jumping penalties on the cross country course but picked up 2.8 time penalties. Their clear round on Sunday gave them a finishing score of 59.7.

Many of the rest of the top 10 finishers in Sunday's finals had less than a tenth of a point separating them. They were: Connaught, Phillip Dutton (AUS), (59.8); Woodstock, Amy Tryon of Duvall, Wash., (60.1); Antigua, Will Faudree of Southern Pines, N.C., (60.2); Tom Quigley, Polly Stockton (GBR), (61.2); West Farthing, Nathalie Bouckaert Pollard of Chatsworth, Ga., (63.0); Yeoman's Point, Hoy, (63.8); and Sloopy, John Williams of Southern Pines, N.C., (63.8).
Those eventing enthusiasts who missed this year's Rolex Kentucky can catch all of the action on television. NBC will broadcast a one-hour special on Rolex Kentucky from 5-6 p.m. EDT on Sunday, May 7.

All weekend, it was anybody's Rolex. Upsets on Saturday knocked the previous day's leaders out of the competition--veteran riders Darren Chiacchia of Ocala, Fl.; three-time Rolex Kentucky champion Kim Severson of Scottsville, Va., and Mara Dean of Round Hill, Va.--and the story was the same on Sunday.

Hoy and Master Monarch jumped ahead when Saturday's leader Becky Holder of Mendota Heights, Minn., and Courageous Comet slipped after knocking a rail down at the Liverpool (water) jump in their show jumping round. Holder managed to stay on, but the bobble may have cost the pair first place and the USEF Championship. Holder and the gray ex-racehorse then pulled poles down at the next two jumps and knocked a block out of the stone wall, adding 16 jumping and eight time faults to drop them into 13th place with a final score of 67.7.

In second place after a clear round in cross country, Tom Quigley, ridden by Polly Stockton (GBR), was not as nimble Sunday. The pair slid into the third fence, knocking down all of the white panels, and then had a rail at the last fence, a tricky green-and-gold Rolex vertical. Those mistakes put them in seventh place with a final score of 61.2.

The 2006 Rolex Kentucky is a USEF Selection Trial for the Eventing World Championships to be held in Aachen, Germany in August. Many of the riders who competed at Rolex hope to be chosen for the team representing the United States.

A record crowd of 90,748 attended the 2006 Rolex Kentucky at the Kentucky Horse Park, which will be the site of the 2010 FEI Games World Equestrian Championships. Not only will this be the first time the games will be held outside of Europe, but Gov. Ernie Fletcher of Kentucky announced this past week that for the first time, the games would include para-equestrian competition.

For more information on the 2006 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, please visit the Rolex Kentucky web site at

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