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Kent Farrington and Gazelle Keep Their Crown Winning the CSI5* Grand Prix of Valence

Kent Farrington and Gazelle Keep Their Crown Winning the CSI5* Grand Prix of Valence

"I took a few months of rest, then I practiced, again and again. This is what allowed me to come back to be at my best this fast."

That was American rider Kent Farrington speaking this weekend after his Grand Prix victory in southeast France at the CSI5* Jumping International de Valence. Several months after fracturing his leg in Florida, the former World Number One and current World Number Ten show jumper was explaining his triumph on Gazelle over many of the best horse-and-rider combinations in the sport today. Farrington also won at Valence in 2017. 

In the Grand Prix, the Chicago native and the 12-year-old mare, owned by himself and Robin Parsky, came out on top of a 13-pair tie-breaking jump-off on Uliano Vezzani’s course at the Haras des Grillons stud farm. The winning duo had no faults and a time of 43.85 seconds, taking home the top prize of €75,000. In second were Sweden’s Henrik von Eckermann and another 12-year-old mare, Toveks Mary Lou, who stopped the clock with no penalties in 44.69 seconds, pocketing €60,000. And in third were Switzerland’s Martin Fuchs and Clooney, a 12-year-old grey gelding, who also left all the obstacles untouched in 47.25 seconds (€45,000). 

“My advantage is that I know my mare perfectly,” Farrington said, “[and] it has been years since we have been developing together. Gazelle is really careful, she can gallop very fast and I can approach a vertical jump at full speed. She will always manage to avoid taking a pole down. [Valence] is an amazing show, and the organization is perfect. I’ve decided to come back next year, and why not attempt a third win!”

Source: Eurosport