(… the British came and won).
British Rider William Fox-Pitt Wins Rolex 2012 in Kentucky
William Fox-Pitt, a descendant of British PM William Pitt the younger, galloped his way to success this past weekend on Parklane Hawk as he won the 2012 Rolex 4 star (CCI4*) 3 day event held in Lexington, Kentucky. Three times World Number One and nine times British Number One make William Fox-Pitt one of the most successful British Three Day Event Riders of all time and a contender for the Grand Slam prize of $350,000.
His horse, Parklane Hawk (fondly known around the barn as Parker), is a 12-year-old bay off-the-track Thoroughbred from New Zealand on which Fox-Pitt also won the Land Rover Burghley CCI4* in England last fall.
Let’s not overlook congratulations to the very close second place by the U.S. rider, Allison Springer, who rode the indomitable Arthur and ended up with a prize for Best Conditioned Horse plus the honor of having the best score in Dressage at the 2012 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event.
Thanks to the wonders of the internet I was lucky enough to watch direct live coverage of the 2012 Rolex 4 star (CCI4*) 3 day event in the comfort of my home.
For those of you unfamiliar with the world of Three Day Eventing it consists of one day of competition in the show ring demonstrating dressage, one day on a grueling cross country course across formidable jumps (the Rolex course was just shy of 4 miles), and one day of show jumping. Riders and horses must complete all three phases. The score is an accummulation of faults in each phase and the lowest score overall wins. Three Day Eventing is full of thrills and spills and is an intense test of stamina and expertise (although the horse’s welfare and safety is paramount). The 2012 Rolex started out with 58 horse and riders but by Sunday’s show jumping phase only 27 had not withdrawn or been eliminated.
William Fox-Pitt represented Great Britain at the Atlanta, Athens and Beijing Olympics, winning team silver in Athens and team bronze in Beijing and will most likely ride for the British Team in London. In 2006, he was ranked the leading rider in Britain for the sixth year running and 2nd in the world. Fox-Pitt is the only rider in eventing history to win five of the world’s six four-star events – Badminton, Kentucky, Luhmuhlen, Burghley and Pau (Adelaide, Australia hosts the sixth).
Not only does William Fox-Pitt come from a prominent British family and have a solid education from Eton, he towers over most riders as well as horses at 6‘ 6” tall. Due to his stature he must balance more carefully on a horse in order to manage jumps – at times his head appears to be directly over the horse’s head.
Fox-Pitt was scheduled to ride in the Badminton CCI4* (England) next weekend under pressure to become the second rider ever to collect the $350,000 Rolex Grand Slam, a prize awarded for any rider that wins consecutive Burghley, Kentucky and Badminton titles. Unfortunately heavy flooding in parts of England have led officials to cancel the prestigious Badminton event, the first time since 2001 when it was closed down due to hoof and mouth disease. This might throw off the selection process for the London Olympics as some horses scheduled to compete will not have a chance to prove their merit for the selection committee.
Fox-Pitt added the Kentucky crown to his Burghley victory seven months ago – both aboard Parklane Hawk – but his Badminton hopes for the Grand Slam have been dashed for this year (he can still win the Grand Slam if he wins Badminton in 2013).
So, the question remains, since after all this is supposed to be an astrology blog, what does the chart of a top international equestrian look like?
International is a word associated with Uranus, so it comes as no surprise that William Fox-Pitt has a close conjunction of lucky Jupiter and Uranus. This aspect is reinforced by the parallel of the two in the declinations, creating a planetary eclipse of two planets and an indication of Super Fame.
Even more interesting, notice that Neptune, which rules large animals, is the prominent focus of the chart due to the square from Venus, with a sextile to Mercury that is at the midpoint of the Venus/Neptune square, all at 27 degrees. If we widen the orbs just a teeny bit we see the sextile of Pluto and trine to Chiron. The Neptune trine Chiron, while common to everyone born that month, is a Cinderella aspect and highlighted in his personal chart by the numerous 30 degree aspects. We can even add in Ceres at 29 degrees to the mix, with the meaning that he can make a “business” from his charming ability with animals.
If this is a sport then we would expect some Mars aspects to show the athletic and competitive qualities, and it is shown by the Mars quincunx to Chiron, still part of the overall planetary geometry.
If William Fox-Pitt is selected for the British Olympic team, he will be able to realize his lifelong dream of competing in the London Summer Olympics to be held July 27-August 12, 2012. He published his biography in 2007, saying that his years as a top competitor were numbered and that the 2012 Olympics would probably mark his retirement from competition. So much in this sport depends upon the horses involved that something unforeseen is always possible, but by looking at his chart and the transits for late July and early August when the Summer Olympics are held we can see he has a Milestone Transit of t. Uranus || his n. Chiron, Neptune trine his natal Mars to add energy in competition, and t. Jupiter quincunx his n. Sun during the entire for luck.
In the heliocentric system t. Jupiter trines his n. Uranus while t. Jupiter is contraparallel his n. Uranus in the latitudes—both are Super Fame Aspects and Milestone Transits plus there is an added bonus in that t. Jupiter is also || his natal Ceres for business success.
Since there are no notable “bad” transits, and if the horses and their charts cooperate, it is easy to predict that much more will be heard about William Fox-Pitt during the Olympics.
“Better to die of overwork than to die of boredom” a sign seen by a journalist in William Fox-Pitt’s kitchen.