Will the handsome William Fox-Pitt go for the ultimate Equestrian Hat Trick?
The Rolex Grand Slam- is up for grabs again. This time it’s up to William Fox-Pitt to win it this weekend at Badminton!
As reported last year, The Rolex Grand Slam is not impossible, but sometimes it seems so. Only Pippa Funnel has accomplished such a feat!
The biggest 4-stars in the World are Rolex 3-Day in Lexington, KY, USA & Badminton 3-day in the UK. They will be held in late April/early May – one weekend apart. Other big events is The Landrover Burghley Horse Trials held in the fall. These three top events are part of The Grand Slam of Eventing.
The Grand Slam of Eventing, sponsored by Rolex, consists of three of the top CCI**** eventing competitions in the world. To win the Grand Slam, a rider must consecutively win all three events, although they are permitted to ride different horses in each competition. This is especially important, since the Badminton Horse Trials is only one week after Kentucky, and the horse would not have sufficient time to recover between the two competitions, especially since he/she would have to be flown overseas in that time.
The three events that make up the Grand Slam are:
- Rolex Kentucky Three Day in Lexington, Kentucky, USA
- Badminton Horse Trials in Gloucestershire, England
- Burghley Horse Trials near Stamford, Lincolnshire, England
Winners receive an extra $350,000, in addition to their winnings from each event.
Pippa Funnell at Badminton winning Badminton and the Rolex Grand Slam
William Fox-Pitt has four horses entered in the Badminton 3-Day event. Will that be enough to be the second rider in history to win the Grand Slam? He had the Grand Slam in his grasp last year at Rolex, but then fell short when Andew Nicholson won, taking Williams chances away.
Does he have this in the bag? Can he do it? Does he have what it takes?
You bet ya!
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