Queen Elizabeth II Cup
Farrington and Voyeur take the ATCO Power Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Spruce Meadows
On Saturday, July 5th, Kent Farrington rode to victory in the ATCO Power Queen Elizabeth II Cup, capturing his third Grand Prix in the past two Summer Series' at Spruce Meadows.
Making the accomplishment even more remarkable was Farrington’s decision to ride Voyeur in Saturday’s Grand Prix instead of Uceko, the horse he had so much success with last season.
With Uceko, who Farrington won with in Friday’s Progress Energy Cup, making a comeback after an extended break over the winter and Voyeur having a breakthrough this year, Farrington could soon have a stable that’s the envy of show-jumpers the world over.
“I think [Voyeur] can just win anywhere,” Farrington said. “He’s just a very versatile horse. I think that the second round [on Saturday] was as big as almost any course in the world, and I think he’s shown that he’s on par with those [top] horses.
“I think I have a very special horse in Voyeur, and I expect big things from him in the future.”
Saturday’s event was a showcase for Voyeur to exhibit the carefulness Farrington’s been trumpeting this week at the North American. While 14 riders were able to jump the first round of Leopoldo Palacios Jugo’s course, Farrington and Voyeur were the only combination who were able to sustain their flawless afternoon of jumping in the second round.
They did end up with one time-fault after finishing the round in a time of 77.40 seconds — well behind the fastest times in the round — but it was enough to earn Farrington the win and the $70,000 check that came along with it.
It also helped Farrington add a first-place ribbon from one of the few events at Spruce Meadows he hasn’t already won.
“It felt great to win this class because I’ve never won the Queen’s Cup before, and I’ve had a lot of good seasons [at Spruce Meadows],” Farrington said. “I’ve come in third and fourth, I probably have every other ribbon except for No. 1.”