World No. 1 rider Kent Farrington celebrated his third consecutive month as a FEI Ranking Leader, by getting the first victory of the ‘North American’ CSI 5* beating the Canadian Eric Lamaze. Alberto Michan of Mexico within the points. (Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Service).
The last week of the Spruce Meadows Summer Tournament kicked off with world No. 1 Kent Farrington, who celebrated high-flying dawn for the third consecutive month as Longines FEI Ranking Leader.
During the $35,000 Kubota Cup on the course designed by the Spaniard Santiago Varela, a total of 71 pairs participated in the first FEI class of the week and 6 of them returned to define the winner in the tiebreaker.
That was how Olympic medalist and world No. 1 Kent Farrington ratified his lead by stopping the clock in 36.65 seconds with Farrington-owned 10-year-old gelding Dublin (Cobra x Calido) to take 50 Ranking World Points and achieve a 1-second lead over four-time Olympic medalist Eric Lamaze of Canada.
Being the largest earner money in the Spruce Meadows history, Eric Lamaze got a time of 37.65 seconds with the 10-year-old gelding Captain (Verdi x Ahorn) owned by B Gingras Equestrian Ltd, while the last double clear round was for Zazou Hoffman of the United States in third place, accompanied by the 13-year-old gelding Samson II (Cardento x Bellini) recording a time of 40.12 seconds.
The tiebreaker was completed by Canada’s Tiffany Foster in fourth place alongside 11-year-old gelding Brighton (Contendro II x Quick Star) in a field of 4 fouls and 37.64 seconds, followed in fifth place by Irish Daniel Coyle next to the 11-year-old gelding Simba de La Roque (Kannan x Allegreto) in 8 fouls and 37.37 seconds, closing the Californian Richard Spooner in sixth position with the 12-year-old stallion Artos R (Namelus R x Mermus R) being eliminated.
Passing to the Latino Ranking, only Mexican rider Alberto Michan take points in 14th place, exceeding the time allowed by 2.44 seconds and was penalized with 2 fouls with the 11-year-old gelding Snatch de Cordarae (Neo D’Aunou x Joly Jumper ).