Kent Farrington Dominates at CSIO5* St. Moritz
KENT FARRINGTON TRIUMPHANT AT CSIO5* ST. MORITZ
Just one week after winning Team Silver at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, Kent Farrington kept his good form by winning the two feature classes at last week's Longines St. Moritz CSI5* in St. Moritz, Switzerland.
Kent took top honors in Sunday’s Longines Grand Prix CSI5* of St. Moritz aboard his talented mount Creedence. Forty-nine riders took part in the 1.60m jump off class, and ten of them advanced to the shortened course to try to take the win home.
“My plan was to try to win and I made sure that my plan was aggressive enough to win,” said Farrington. “I think in the jump off, the second to last fence I went around when most of the other riders went inside because my horse is really fast across the ground. I thought it would be less risk and probably the same speed as going inside so that was my option there.”
That option worked out as Farrington was able to set a time no other rider could beat, in 39.56 seconds.
“He (Creedence) is only nine years old so he’s very inexperienced for this level of competition but he’s really fast and I have big hopes for him in the future,” Farrington added.
The previous day Farrington rode Gazelle, a ten-year-old BWP mare (Kashmir Van Schuttershof x Indoctro) in the 1.50m jumpoff class against 48 other starters. Eleven pairs qualified for the jump-off and of those, seven made it a double clear day.
He entered the arena for the jump off at a calm walk and beat the leading time of Pieter Devos for Belgium by almost two seconds. Farrington and Gazelle produced the fastest time of 36.18 seconds for victory in the CHF 35,000 Prize Notenstein La Roche Private Bank AG.
Source: Noelle Floyd