Kent Farrington and Belle Fleur 38. (Photo © Jack Mancini).
Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP) finished its second week of Spring Series this past weekend at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL, with a victory for the number five ranked rider in the world, Kent Farrington of Wellington, FL. He rode Belle Fleur 38, owned by Haity McNerney, to victory in the $30,000 Equestrian Sport Productions Spring 2 Grand Prix.
Sunday’s grand prix showed a large turnout, with a total of 50 entries, 14 of which qualified for the jump-off. The course was designed by Kenny Krome of Maryland, and featured a speedy jump-off with a majority of single fences. Farrington was one of nine competitors to go clear in the jump-off, which ultimately came down to time.
“[The] jump-off was a steeplechase-type course. [Belle Fleur] is a naturally fast horse,” said Farrington in regards to his win with a time of 43.254 seconds in the jump-off.
“[Belle Fleur] is a fairly new horse for me. She is nine years old and got a late start in the sport,” said Farrington. “I see her being very competitive in the future. I would like to thank all the owners and my whole team behind me. It wouldn’t be possible [to compete at this level] without surrounding myself with great owners and a great team.”
In a close second, Alise Oken, aboard Hi Hopes Farm LLC’s Kaid Du Ry, put up an impressive jump-off time of 43.901, just 0.0647 seconds behind Farrington. Claiming third place was Ramiro Quintana, aboard St. Bride’s Farm’s Bialda, with a jump-off time of 45.840.
Final Results: $30,000 Equestrian Sport Productions Spring 2 Grand Prix
1 905 BELLE FLEUR 38 – OWNED BY HAITY MCNERNEY – KENT FARRINGTON 0/0/43.254
2 766 KAID DU RY – OWNED BY HI HOPES FARM LLC- ALISE OKEN 0/0/43.901
3 992 BIALDA – OWNED BY ST. BRIDE’S FARM – RAMIRO QUINTANA 0/0/45.84
4 182 BUGATTI – OWNED BY EDUARDO LEON – WILHELM GENN 0/0/46.212
5 1167CELENA Z – OWNED BY ELM ROCK LLC – MARGIE ENGLE 0/0/47.779
6 893 ANABELLE 28 – OWNED BY SHADER SPORTHORSES LLC – BENJAMIN MEREDITH – 0/0/48.184
7 1220 GENTILLE VAN SPIEVELD – OWNED BY GJ STABLE – LESLIE HOWARD 0/0/48.770
8 377 CALIFA LS – OWNED BY STRANSKY’S MISSON FARMS INC – MARK BLUMAN 0/0/49.909
9 1346 CALVIN KLEIN – OWNED BY MILLAR BROOKE FARM – JONATHON MILLAR 0/0/52.081
10 1304 DISARONNO VT – OWNED BY JENNIFER SANTANA – SAMUEL PAROT 0/4/44.87
11 400 AL CALYPSO – OWNED BY SAMUEL PAROT – MANUEL FERNANDEZ HACHE 0/4/46.214
12 442 MOONDOGGIE – OWNED BY LESLIE HOWARD – LESLIE HOWARD 0/4/47.634
Source: Equestrian Sport Porductions