Winning both the Badminton Horse Trials and Burghley Horse Trials this season, Jonathan Paget is now in the enviable position of being able to compete for the $US350,000 Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing Prize.
To complete this rich bonus, Paget will need to complete the third and final challenge of winning the 2014 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event.
A win in Kentucky would make him only the second person to win the Grand Slam, after Pippa Funnell in 2003.
The New Zealander said he was now looking to make a plan for Kentucky, and would “work back and try and go there and nail it.”
The rider said 2013 had been a big year for him. “It is a very special year – I’m obviously never going to forget this year – I just hope I can be consistent and keep improving.”
He also paid tribute to Clifton Promise. “He’s an incredible horse and always has been. He’s a full New Zealand thoroughbred, he does great dressage, he’s a lion cross-country and doesn’t want to touch a pole in the show jumping! He’s everything you could wish for in an event horse and he’s tough.”
Paget’s former mentor Andrew Nicholson was second, third and eighth in the final standings. He said Paget’s Badminton-Burghley double was a great achievement, “and what a fabulous horse”.
Clifton Promise is a 14-year-old gelding, by Engagement (by Alydar) and out of Darn Style (Cautious Style x Darnley Flight). His racing name was Bachelor Boy, and he was unplaced in five starts.
He was bought by part owner Frances Stead as a three-year-old from leading New Zealand showjumper John Cottle.