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Farrington Repeats Victory at Royal Windsor with £254,000 Rolex Grand Prix CSI5* Win

Farrington Repeats Victory at Royal Windsor with £254,000 Rolex Grand Prix CSI5* Win


The pinnacle of Royal Windsor Horse Show, the much-anticipated Rolex Grand Prix CSI5*, did not fail to disappoint on Sunday, May 14, 2017 in the United Kingdom as American rider and World No. One Kent Farrington successfully defended his 2016 victory of this same grand prix by piloting a new mount to the win.

“I was really thrilled with my horse, he is just stepping up to this level and he was unbelievable, I couldn’t have asked for more,” Farrington said of Sherkan D’Amaury, an 11-year-old KWPN gelding (Kannan x Quick Star) who he shares ownership with Dan Crown and Haity McNerney. The win marked the gelding’s first CSI5* victory.

With 30 world-class riders lining up to win over £254,000, the competition was hot, and Bob Ellis’ 1.60m course reflected the high standard. Four-time European gold medalist, Michael Whitaker was the first to jump clear aboard JB’s Hot Stuff, with whom he won the Antwerp Grand Prix last month. He was in good company as the likes of World No. 1 Farrington, Saturday night’s winner Jessica Springsteen and Olympic gold medalists Scott Brash, Laura Kraut and Eric Lamaze followed suit.

The jump-off had the packed crowds on the edge of their seats as 12 riders came forward to compete for the £63,000 first prize. The defending champion made the tightest of turns to the tricky Tower Bridge water tray and pushed on throughout to knock over three seconds off the previous leader’s time, never to be caught.

“This is one of my favorite shows and I’m not just saying that because I won here today,” Farrington added. “There’s a combination of an amazing setting, an unbelievable crowd, top course designing and great footing. That is the best of the best, and now with Rolex stepping up and making this a 5* event, it’s on par with the best in the world.”

Source: Noelle Floyd