Pan Am Cup 2015
July 12, 2015
Kent Farrington Leads An All-American Sweep in $400,000 Pan American Cup CSI5* presented by Rolex at Spruce Meadows
Kent Farrington and Amalaya Investments’ Voyeur concluded the Spruce Meadows ‘Pan American’ Tournament CSI 5* presented by Rolex, with a masterful win on Sunday. The competition in the $400,000 Pan American Cup presented by Rolex ended impressively as the three highest ranked American riders claimed top honors. With Farrington leading the way, Beezie Madden finished second aboard Simon, and McLain Ward placed third riding Rothchild.
Thirty-three entries contested course designer Guilherme Jorge’s (BRA) first round track, with nine combinations earning the chance to jump-off, and five clear rounds over the short course.
Farrington won the same competition in 2014 aboard RCG Farm’s Uceko and was back this time aboard the talented Voyeur, a 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (Tolano van’t Riethof x Goodwill).
Farrington and Voyeur most recently won the $400,000 RBC Grand Prix presented by Rolex, during June’s ‘National’ Tournament and have been on a hot streak all season. On Sunday, the pair sprinted easily through the jump-off course to secure a substantial margin of victory.
“I had the advantage in the jump-off today of going after McLain,” Farrington noted. “He is one of the most competitive riders in the world, and we always have a good rivalry between us, so I got to watch him go. Unfortunately, coming after me was one of my other rivals, also one of the best in the world [Beezie Madden]. It was a tough day of sport today and I thought my horse was fantastic.”
“[Voyeur] has a huge gallop,” Farrington commented on his jump-off. “Between the second and third fence I think I did one less stride than everybody else in the competition. The rest of it, I just kind of stayed on the same pace. He has a monster gallop, and he is naturally fast across the ground anyway and that is a big advantage in a field like that.”
In the first course, Voyeur was exceptionally strong and caused Farrington to adjust his ride to accomplish the clear round.
“When he is very fresh and he is really jumping, the downside is that he gets really strong,” Farrington explained. “He jumped out of the double really high, and coming towards the gate he got very strong with me. I had to do an extra stride that I did not plan on. It was a bit more work than I was expecting, but he pulled it off.”
For Farrington, course designer Guilherme Jorge did a good job with the conditions he was dealt.
“We didn’t know how much rain there was going to be or how wet the ground was going to be,” Farrington stated. “It was probably a more technical course today than size. It was a little generous with the time allowed, but I think that [Jorge] took into account the rain and the wet ground, so I think that was a smart play for today. It was better to have a couple extra clear rather than having us go ripping around the ring when it was really wet in the first round. I think that was a good strategy, and if you look at the top three finishers, those are the top three horses a lot of places in the world.”
Jorge, agreed, noting, “The idea with the time allowed was exactly that. We didn’t know how much rain we would still have during the competition, so we didn’t want to press too much on that. I still think that nine is an okay number for a jump-off. It is a little bit more than we are used to here at Spruce Meadows, but the quality was still very good and like Kent said, the top three are top three anywhere in the world.”
Source: Jennifer Wood Media for Spruce Meadows