World Number 1 and Pan American Ranking Leader Kent Farrington made it clear who is the best in the world at Tryon International Equestrian Center before 9 thousand spectators. Eugenio Garza of Mexico in second place. (Photo © Sportfot)
World number 1 and Pan American Ranking leader Kent Farrington won the $380,000 Rolex Grand Prix CSI5* in Tryon before more than 9 thousand spectators.
Again the Tryon International Equestrian Center dressed up to receive the 2017 Tryon Fall 5 CSI5* week and the participation of several of the best riders in the world, including the two main house references such as Kent Farrington and McLain Ward.
Being the world number 1 Kent Farrington and World number 2 McLain Ward, there was no doubt that much could be expected on course designed by German Olaf Jun. Petersen with 32 pairs animating the actions in an unbeatable environment.
After concluding the regular round, only 3 riders got their pass to the jump-off, leaving McLain Ward with the 10-year-old mare HH Callas (Albatros x Quattro B) in a disappointing 12-fault regular round in 23rd place for the crowd.
Being classified Kent Farrington, Eugenio Garza of Mexico and Richie Moloney of Ireland, the first to return was the 21-year-old Mexican Eugenio Garza, who for second time in his career got the pass to a jump-off in AA FEI event, but certainly with only 3 classified assured the best result of his short, but fruitful career getting the first double clear round of the night before the loud applause of the crowd, stopping the clock in 35.91 seconds with the 16-year-old gelding Bariano (Jetset-D x Skippy).
Immediately and without a doubt the attendance’s favorite rider entered Kent Farrington with the 11-year-old mare Gazelle (Kasmir van Schuttershof x Indoctro), setting an exceptional pace in each jump, perfectly withdrawing each of them to overcome the young Mexican with a time of 34.67 seconds and securing 150 World Ranking Points, after Richie Moloney demolished a pole as last in the order, next to the 14-year-old stallion Carrabis Z (Canabis Z x Grannusso).
For the fourth place and being the best amazon was Margie Engle with the 13-year-old stallion Royce (Cafe Au Lait x Grandilot) on 4 fouls regular round and 73.11 seconds, followed in fifth place and completing the Top 5 by also American Ali Wolff accompanied with the 12-year-old gelding Casall (Casall x Capitol I) in 4 fouls and 76.61 seconds.
For the Latino Ranking led by Eugenio Garza with his second place, only Luis Pedro Biraben of Argentina managed to add World Ranking Points next to the 10-year-old gelding Caillou in a 8 fouls round in 15th place. Outside the points were Roberto Terán of Colombia at 17th accompanied by the 12-year-old gelding Brilliant du Rouet (Balou du Rouet x Caretani Z) with the same 8 fouls, Santiago Lambre from Mexico escorted him in 18th place with the 9-year-old gelding Dingeman (Nintender x Darnels), while more distant were also Mexican Alberto Michán ranked 24th with the 11-year-old gelding Redmond (Neo D’Aunou x Joly Jumper) and finished the group Emanuel Andrade of Venezuela in 27th place with the 12-year-old stallion Ricore Courcelle (Quaprice Bois Margot x Alme).