Kent Farrington Captures Double Wins During Tryon Fall 3 CSI 3*
Kent Farrington Captures Double Wins During EQUUS EVENTS Tryon Fall 3 CSI3*
Kent Farrington scored two wins during the third week of the Fall Series at Tryon International Equestrian Center: first with Creedance in the $35,000 1.50m Horseware Ireland Welcome Stake and then with Gazelle in the $132,000 Adequan® Grand Prix.
Farrington and Creedance Refresh the Ring with a Win in $35,000 1.50m Welcome Stake CSI3*
Kent Farrington and Creedance secured the win in the $35,000 1.50m Horseware Ireland Welcome Stake CSI3* at Tryon International Equestrian Center as part of Equus Events Tryon Fall 3 CSI3* competition. Farrington flew through the jump-off in tandem with Creedance, a 2007 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Lord Z x Notaris) owned by himself and R.C.G. Farm, and stopped the timers in 35.942 seconds to top the class. Vanessa Mannix (CAN) rode into second place with her own Catinka 25, a 2009 Oldenburg mare and acquired a jump-off time of 37.761 seconds and Spencer Brittan (USA) took third with his own Uncle Blue, a 2008 Swedish Warmblood gelding, stopping the timers in 39.258 seconds.
Among 47 entries and only eight pairs returning to test the short course set by course designer Michel Vaillancourt (CAN), Farrington and Creedance put in an untouchable performance to land at the top of the order. “My horse is naturally very fast, so for us, a good strategy is just kind of keeping his natural speed, and that’s usually good enough to win. He’s a top horse; he’s won big Grand Prixs all over the world.” Concerning the morning’s cooler temperature, Farrington commented, “He [Creedance] likes the cool weather. I think all horses like it. They prefer it a little bit colder; they have more energy and are more excited to jump.”
Farrington suffered a leg injury last winter, but bounced back from the fracture in three months. “I’ve been back for a while. Exactly 12 weeks later, I was already showing 5* Grand Prix’s, so it really didn’t slow me down that much. It gave my horses a little more rest than usual, but since then it’s been business as usual.”
The Olympian recently competed in Europe for a successful summer circuit, but is now stateside to continue touring. “I just got back from Europe myself, so this is a good way to kick off our tour here,” he said of returning to compete at TIEC. Farrington plans to ride another of his well-known mounts, Gazelle, in Saturday night’s $132,000 Adequan® Grand Prix CSI3*.
Double Clear and a Second Win for Kent Farrington in Tryon
Kent Farrington and Gazelle came away with top honors in the $132,000 Adequan® Grand Prix CSI3* after a tense jump-off competition at Tryon International Equestrian Center, stopping the clock at 32.232 seconds. Paul O’Shea (IRL) and Imerald Van’t Voorhof, a 2008 Belgian Warmblood gelding, took reserve honors with a time of 33.026 seconds, while Shane Sweetnam (IRL) and Main Road earned a spot on the podium finishing on four faults in 32.748 seconds.
For Farrington and the 2006 Belgian Warmblood mare (Kashmir Van Schuttershof x Indoctro) owned by himself and Robin Parsky, the challenge was to complete a technical course designed by Michel Vaillancourt (CAN) against a competitive field of 31 entries. Only four pairs returned to prove themselves on the short course, and Farrington was last to go.
“When there are only four in the jump-off, and you go last, I kind of measure the class and see what kind of effort it will take to pull it off,” said Farrington. “It was a little closer than my liking tonight, but I’ll take it. A win is a win.”
Commenting on the course’s difficulty, Farrington admitted, “I think the course was more difficult than maybe a lot of us anticipated, with the lights, because some horses might not have been under the lights yet here. The liverpool fence had a glare, so you saw a lot of young horses struggle with that. There was plenty of course for the field today, and that’s why you only saw four in the jump-off.”
Competing under the lights was no problem for Farrington’s mount of more than five years, he explained. “Gazelle is a very experienced horse, so the lights played to her hand tonight.” His preparation strategy with the mare is to get on early and jump “quite small,” Farrington elaborated:
“The horse is extremely careful, one of the most careful if not the most careful horse I’ve ever ridden. So you have to watch that line, and keep her from getting too impressed in the ring and keep her measuring her efforts.”
“So far so good here,” Farrington said of his experience with the venue, after taking the win in Friday’s $35,000 1.50m Welcome Stake CSI3* with Creedance. “I’m here next week with the same horses, and bringing some young ones over. I’m just back from Europe, so concentrated on gearing up the team before I do indoor shows.”
Source: TIEC Press Release