Fox-Pitt leads global eventing rankings

William Fox-Pitt and Parklane Hawk
William Fox-Pitt and Parklane Hawk at Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials 2011, where he last wore the HSBC armband. © Kit Houghton/FEI

Britain’s William Fox-Pitt heads into the third leg of the HSBC FEI Classics at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event in the US later this month sporting the armband reserved for the leader of the HSBC Rankings.

Fox-Pitt, who last wore the armband at the second last leg of the HSBC FEI Classics 2011 at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, now leads the HSBC Rankings 59 points clear of Andrew Nicholson (NZ) and 146 points ahead of Piggy French (GB).

The HSBC Rankings are run on a rolling 12-month basis and this month’s rankings are based on results obtained between 1 May 2011 and 2 April 2012.

Mary King (GB), who won the $US50,000 award for the leading rider in the HSBC Rankings at the end of last season, has dropped to 10th in the rankings as she loses the huge points haul secured at last year’s Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event where she finished first and second.

“The HSBC Rankings are hard-fought and I am really pleased that I will be wearing the HSBC armband in Kentucky,” said  Fox-Pitt.

The HSBC armband will remain with Fox-Pitt for as long as he stays at the top of the HSBC Rankings.

The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event runs from April 26 to 29.

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