Perfect Ten for William Fox-Pitt at Tattersalls

William Fox-Pitt and Secret Night. Photo by Lorraine O'Sullivan, courtesy of Tattersalls International. William Fox-Pitt and Secret Night. Photo by Lorraine O'Sullivan, courtesy of Tattersalls International.

We reported yesterday that William Fox-Pitt had earned nine career wins at Tattersalls International and was on the verge of making it a perfect ten as the overnight leader of the Eventing Ireland CCI2*. Then today, without a rail in hand, William and Catherine Witt’s stunning 11-year-old Oldenburg gelding Secret Night jumped clear to secure the win on a 39.7, adding another international victory to William’s long list of career accomplishments and assuring us all that William is back in top form.

Jonelle Price (NZL) and her and Suzanne Houchin’s 7-year-old Dutch Warmblood Cooley Showtime had put the pressure on with a clear round. They finished second on a 42.0. Oliver Townend (GBR) and Ridire Dorcha, and 8-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding owned by Oliver and Karyn Shuter, moved up from fifth with a clear round to finish third.

Katherine Coleman and Back to Business. Photo by Libby Law Photography.

Katherine Coleman and Back to Business. Photo by Libby Law Photography.

America’s own Katherine Coleman and her own 9-year-old Irish Sport Horse Back to Business picked up two time penalties in today’s show jumping, finishing 28th in the mare’s first CCI2*.

In the Connolly’s Red Mills CCI2* Under 24, Tom Jackson (GBR) and Susan Jenkins’ 8-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare Dusty jumped one of only three clear show jump rounds in the class to secure the win in their first attempt at a CCI2*.

In second place was David Doel and Kiltubrid Rhapsody, a 9-year-old Irish Sport Horse owned by Niki Ryan and Dr. Elizabeth Donald. Hector Payne and Dynasty, an 8-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion owned by Jeremy and Judith Skinner and David and Margie Hall, also jumped a clear round to move up from sixth to third.

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