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Farrington and Gazelle Fly to Victory in Rome’s €100,000 Loro Piana Grand Prix

Farrington and Gazelle Fly to Victory in Rome’s €100,000 Loro Piana Grand Prix

For the first time this week, the American national anthem rang out across the green oval at CSIO Rome Piazza di Siena on Saturday afternoon when Kent Farrington posted an emphatic victory in the Loro Piana Grand Prix.


Riding the formidable 13-year-old mare, Gazelle, the man who took team silver and individual fifth place at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games set the pace in the five-horse jump-off against the clock, and he couldn’t be caught. Farrington currently ranks number eight in the world.

Course designer, Uliano Vezzani, set them a tough first-round track, with questions that only five of the 59 starters managed to solve. When Farrington threw down a jump-off target time of 40.70, he could only sit back and wait to see if it was quick enough.

“With the calibre of riders that are here, you are never safe to know you have won the class until it’s finished because they’re all top riders, and they’re all capable of winning. But I was happy when the class was over and we were still on top!” he said afterwards.

Talking about his winning horse, Gazelle, Farrington said, “She’s very fast and very careful, so high-speed riding is sort of her forte. I was trying to leave a bit in the tank because we still have the Grand Prix tomorrow,” he added.


On Sunday Farrington was presented the ‘Master fratelli d’Inzeo’ award for leading in points after placing ninth in the Rolex Grand Prix of Rome. This is the sixth year the CSIO of Rome has awarded this honor and Farrington is the third American to be recognized after Mclain Ward (2016) and Laura Kraut (2015).

Farrington said he’s been enjoying his latest visit to the Eternal City. “Rome has always been one of the most beautiful shows that we have on our calendar, and Rolex has really taken it to the next level. They’ve made the arena grass again and it’s fantastic, I love riding on grass and I think the horses really appreciate it, and there’s no better setting than here with an amazing crowd and so much history,” he said.

Source: Press releases by CSIO di Roma – Piazza di Siena