World No. 3 Kent Farrington asserted his favoritism to win the first World Cup of Wellington Masters beating Meredith Michael-Beerbaum and Richard Spooner. (Photo © Rebecca Walton)
All around great show was the first edition of CSI4* Wellington Masters this week that important points are distributed to the World Ranking, with first two class dominated by McLain Ward and now the closure in the dispute of the World Cup went to number 3 of the world Kent Farrington.
Leader of Pan-American Ranking (PAEC) and best rider of the United States of America, asserted his status as favorite in a World Cup that began with 40 pairs, to make way for a jump-off of 14 finishers. With the 15-years-old gelding Uceko (Celano x Koriander) owned by R.C.G. Farm, Farrington complete his court in an unbeatable time of 40.30 seconds showing his class of fast rider and secured $66,000 for first place and 100 FEI World Ranking points.
The battle for victory was centered between the top six, where positions remained more narrowed and following the winning German Meredith Michael-Beerbaum with her 11-years-old gelding Fibonacci (For Feeling x Corland) marked the second fastest time of the afternoon in 42.83 seconds with clear round, managing to take advantage of 6/100 of a second on the Californian Richard Spooner and Big Red (Ludwig von Bayern x Lamoureux I) third in the final order in time of 42.89 seconds.
The fourth and fifth place to complete the highlights of the day the American rider Paris Sellon and 11-years-old mare Adare (Royal Bravour x Burggraaf) recording 43.50 seconds and Canadian super star the legendary Ian Millar with his horse 13-years-old gelding Dixson (Vigo d’Arsouilles x sniffed) did in 43.54 seconds.
With regard to the winner of the first two class McLain Ward classified the tiebreaker, but a knock rail with the second fastest time of 41.75 seconds placed him in eighth place.