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Fox-Pitt fills British number one slot for 11th time

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: November 09, 2012

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For the 14th time New Zealander Andrew Nicholson has topped British Eventing's year-end points list, while William Fox-Pitt is British number one for the 11th time.

It has been a brilliant season for Andrew who finishes on 2135 points. The Marlborough-based rider secured his fourth CCI**** title of his lengthy career at Pau in France two weeks ago riding Nereo – who tops the horse rankings.

The 12-year-old chestnut by Fines helped lead New Zealand to team bronze at Greenwich when finishing fourth individually.

"This is a fantastic result for Nereo and his owner Deborah Sellar," said Andrew who describes Nereo as "probably the best cross-country horse in the world". Dorset's William Fox-Pitt earned 1608 points, putting him in second place and giving him the accolade of British number one.

Oli Townend filled third place on 1480 points, Australia's Paul Tapner holds fourth place, with Gemma Tattersall fifth and best female rider.

In the horse rankings, behind Nereo, comes Luhmühlen runner-up and Australian team horse Flying Finish by Candillo, co-owned by Richard Ames and his rider Lucinda Fredericks.

Jonathan Paget's ride Clifton Promise by Engagement, owned by himself and Frances Stead, finished in third.

Both fourth and fifth spots are filled by William Fox-Pitt's rides, Parklane Hawk and Bay My Hero, with Andrew Nicholson's Burghley winner, A,vebury in sixth. The stallion Chilli Morning, another of William's rides, finishes in seventh.

This year British Eventing has also published foundation points rankings for BE90 and BE100 levels.

Top of the leaderboard here is Simon Grieve who tops the rider list, with Ginnie Turnbull's ride Freckleton Mythago, owned by Katie Davenport, top horse.

In the table of grass roots riders (those who are eligible to ride at the Badminton Mitsubishi Motors Grassroots Championships) and horses, Clare Fielding takes top honours, while Quinte Z by Quinar Z tops the horse rankings.

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