Kent Farrington Goes Two For Two In Windsor
Kent Farrington got to meet the Queen of England. What was the occasion? He was picking up yet another trophy from the Royal Windsor Horse Show in Windsor, England.
Farrington claimed the trophy in both the feature grand prix classes of the week aboard a younger mount, Creedance, topping the Kingdom of Bahrain Stakes for the King’s Cup on May 14 and the Grand Prix for the Kingdom of Bahrain Trophy on May 15.
“I’m trying to peak my horses at the right time for the right events. I brought a young horse here and he far exceeded my expectations,” he said. “I thought he could be a contender, but I never would have bet money on him coming in and winning both [classes]. He has a new level in my book now.”
Creedance, a nine-year-old Dutch Warmblood (Lord Z x Camantha, Notaris) jumped his first 1.60-meter class with Farrington in March at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Florida and has only been in Farrington’s barn since he and RCG Farm bought him in February 2015.
A full house of enthusiastic visitors witnessed Farrington claim the biggest spoils of the week. Despite a valiant challenge by Britain’s John Whitaker on Argento (Arko III x Gasper), who thrilled the home crowds, the American visitor took the win in the grand prix with the super speedy Creedance.
After an exciting first round, 14 riders came through to the jump-off. Canada’s Tiffany Foster, riding Tripple X III (Namelus R x Cantango), was second to go and held the lead for almost half the jump-off with her clean performance. She was toppled from pole position when Kent smashed her target by three seconds, causing those watching to whoop in delight at the display of calculated horsemanship.
John Whitaker then tried to steal the win for the home crowd, but finished one second adrift despite a strong start out on the shortened course.
“Up to the planks [halfway around the track] I knew I was quicker,” said John, who praised Royal Windsor Horse Show’s move to four-star jumping. “Then he spooked at something. I don’t know what it was, so I ended up doing two or three strides more than Kent.”
“I’ve taken two big wins this week so I think I should get out of town quick!” Farrington said. But in the end, he and Creedance were more than a second faster than Whitaker. “You know it’s not going to be over until [Whitaker] goes. Then you have Laura Renwick who is maybe one of the fastest in the world. So we let it fly together,” Farrington said. “I ride a naturally exceptionally fast horse, so that was a big advantage for me today. His foot-speed is just so quick across the ground and that gave me the extra edge I needed today.”
Farrington brought Creedance to the Royal Windsor Horse Show to give the nine-year-old some experience and walked away with both of the weekend’s big classes.
“Maybe I could have dreamed about it, or hoped for it, but I certainly didn’t expect it,” he said. “I thought I’d bring him here and it would be good experience for him, to step up and jump some bigger classes, and he far exceeded my expectations.”
Sources: World of Showjumping, The Chronicle of the Horse, and Horse & Hound