British-based Australian Clayton Fredericks won the Rolex Kentucky four-star at his first attempt riding Ben Along Time.

Clayton started in equal third after the dressage, stood alone in third place following the cross-country and jumped clear on the final day for a final score of 54 penalties.

Phillip Dutton, who became a US citizen last year, was second on Connaught and won the championship title for the highest-placed American on 59.1.

The diminutive 14.1hh Theodore O’Connor “Teddy”, ridden by Karen O’Connor, rose from equal 15th after dressage to third, finishing on 60.1 penalties.

The event was not without its dramatic moments. The leaders after cross-country, Kristin Bachman and Gryffindor, were eliminated when they took the wrong course in the show jumping; and America’s Amy Tryon was disqualified by officials and has been referred to the FEI for “alleged abuse” after failing to pull up her horse when he went lame some 100m or so before the last fence.

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Read this report in full with further commentary and analysis, including details of how the British riders got on, in this Thursday’s Horse & Hound (3 May, ’07)