Eventing’s Rolex Grand Slam is still within reach for William Fox-Pitt – but he has to win Badminton 2013 to claim the $US350,000 prize.
The rules on the Grand Slam have been clarified by Rolex, following the cancellation of this weekend’s four-star Badminton Horse Trials, which followed Burghley and Kentucky in the series.
As the Grand Slam is awarded to “any rider who wins all three events consecutively”, this means Fox-Pitt must win Badminton in 2013 to complete the Slam.
This situation means that Fox-Pitt could be challenged for the title at the same event if any other rider consecutively wins the 2012 Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials and also the 2013 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event.
The Grand Slam was created in 2001, and the only winner so far has been Britain’s Pippa Funnell, in 2003.