US Olympic medalist Kent Farrington complied the final day of CI5* Valence, winning both FEI classes including the most important of the week. (Photo © r b press – J. Rodrigues)
World No. 1 and Olympic medalist Kent Farrington completed a perfect day winning the two FEI events of the day.
Fighting the most important class of the week, the €300,000 Prix Axeria / SFAM, Kent Farrington secured 150 World Ranking Points with his victory accompanied by the 11-year-old mare Gazelle (Kashmir van Schuttershof x Indoctro) owned by Robin Parsky & Kent Farrington.
The course designed by Italian Uliano Vezzani, the leader of the Pan-American Ranking Kent Farrington completed his jump-off round in 35.32 seconds showing the way for the 11 classified and strengthening his permanence as the best rider in the world, overcoming the Irishman Shane Breen with his 10-year-old stallion Laith (Lord Z x Weinberg) in time of 36.40 seconds.
The jump-off that featured several of the world’s best riders including Olympic medalists, Canadian Eric Lamaze took third place with the 12-year-old stallion Coco Bongo (Caretino x Calido) in 37.01 seconds and American rider Beezie Madden said goodbye with the second jump-off fastest time in 35.68 seconds with the 11-year-old stallion Breitling LS (Quintero x Accord II), adding four fouls in seventh place.
For the Latino Ranking and take by second in a row class the fourth place, was the Brazilian rider Yuri Mansur with the 11-year-old mare Babylotte (Dollar du Murier x Concorde), completing his jump-off participation in 37.07 seconds and taking 100 World Ranking Points.
Colombians Carlos López also took 18th place with the 9-year-old mare Ulhane de Conde (Jarnac x Corland) in 5 faults and 80.35 seconds, being escorted by Dayro Arroyave in the 19 th position with the 9-year-old gelding Uciano de la Botte (Luccianno x Arpege Pierreville), Santiago Diaz Ortega along with the 9-year-old gelding Carlson (Calido I x Silvio I) finished 23rd and Rene López with the 13-year-old gelding Con Dios III (Colman x Romino) retired.
Today’s result was the fifth Grand Prix that Kent Farrington won this 2017.