New Zealand's Andrew Nicholson and Quimbo won top honors at the 2013 Rolex Three-Day Event.

New Zealand’s Andrew Nicholson and Quimbo won top honors at the 2013 Rolex Three-Day Event.

New Zealand’s Andrew Nicholson and Quimbo won top honors at the 2013 Rolex Three-Day Event in Kentucky Sunday. It was Nicholson’s first Rolex win and Quimbo’s first competition at the four-star level.  They scored 41.0

Nicholson was the last of 29 riders to navigate Richard Jeffery’s Show Jumping course, and he preserved the lead he’d gained in Cross Country, following his second place finish in the Dressage portion of the competition.

Nicholson also took third place honors on his horse Calico Joe.

Nicholson also took third place honors on Calico Joe.

Defending champion William Fox-Pitt (GBR) finished second on Seacookie TSF, with a score of 46.2.  They moved up from finishing 10th in Dressage and fourth in Cross Country.

Nicholson also took third place honors on his horse Calico Joe.  The two had remained top contenders throughout the competition, finishing third in Dressage and second in Cross Country.  Their final score at was 52.8.

Buck Davidson finished as the best-placed American, claiming fourth on Ballynoe Castle RM (53.2) and winning the Rolex USEF Four-Star Championship.

Lynn Symansky’s impressive Show Jumping ride with Donner took them into fifth place (54.8).    They were one of only four teams who cleared the Show Jumping course with no faults.  Symansky, from Middleburg, Va., had been 19th after Dressage and sixth after Cross Country.

The three others who cleared Show Jumping with faultless rounds were Fox-Pitt on Seacookie TSF,  Hawley Bennett-Awad (CAN) on Gin ‘N Juice (seventh place), and Peter Barry (CAN) on Kilrodan Abbot (17th place).

Virginian Jan Byyny had a disappointing Show Jumping ride and fell from 13th place after Cross Country to finish 20th.  On Saturday she withdrew her second mount, Inmidair, before going Cross Country.

Complete results are available on The Leader Board.

Stories in the series by Susan Ujka: