East Coast Series
Kent Farrington wins the 2013/14 North American East Coast series
Kent Farrington secured a convincing victory in the North America East Coast series, which provided 27 different opportunities for riders to collect points. The East Coast League itself presented 12 fixtures across USA and Canada, beginning at Bromont (CAN) last July. Competitors were also able to collect points at events in the Longines FEI World Cup™ Western European League as well as in the North American West Coast League.
By the time it came to the last leg at Ocala last weekend, Farrington had already accumulated a massive 110 points, with Venezuela’s Andres Rodriguez filling second spot on the final leaderboard ahead of America’s McLain Ward in third.
For 33-year-old Farrington, who also topped the East Coast series last year, this season’s success story began to unfold with a double of wins with Uceko at Calgary (CAN) last June which were quickly followed by another, this time partnering Zafira, at Bridgehampton (USA) in August before further reinforcing his points-gathering at Washington DC with yet another top-end finish in October riding Blue Angel. Farrington lined out at 12 qualifying events in total, but runner-up Andres Rodriguez competed just six times, securing maximum points with Caballito at Langley (CAN) in June and again in August. The 29-year-old Venezuelan completed the qualifying events on a total of 87 points.
Third-placed McLain Ward competed at 12 events, winning with Rothchild at Toronto (CAN) last November and accumulating a total of 83 points. Fellow-Americans Katie Dinan, Brianne Goutal, Leslie Burr-Howard and Charlie Jayne finished ahead of defending champion Beezie Madden on the League table, and this week it has been confirmed that they will all line out at Lyon (FRA) for the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final in three weeks’ time. Madden of course is automatically qualified and America’s Kirsten Coe also made the cut when finishing 12th, but when she declined the invitation it was passed on to next-in-line Charlie Jacobs who has accepted.
Venezuela’s Rodriguez, Ireland’s Richie Moloney and Russia’s Lubov Kochetova have also qualified as “extra athletes” through this League in which 110 athletes participated and 79 collected points.
Source: FEI/Louise Parkes