The perfect Kent Farrington of the United States took the most important victory of the week, where accumulated four triumphs in the ‘North American’ CSI 5* Tournament. (Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Service)
It could not have been another, the world number 1 American rider Kent Farrington did it again and perfectly, to conquer his fourth victory of the week with the $500,000 ATCO Queen Elizabeth II Cup.
The emotions and the tense atmosphere were felt at the International Ring in Spruce Meadows, after a course designed by the Spaniard Santiago Varela, a total of 39 teams encouraged the regular round and only 3 of them managed to qualify the jump-off with Kent Farrington, Philipp Weishaupt and Eric Lamaze.
As the only double clear round, Pan-American leader Kent Farrinton completed his jump-off round in 44.56 seconds with the 11-year-old mare Gazelle (Kashmir van Shuttershof x Indoctro) owned by Robin Parsky & Kent Farrington, to secure for the second year in a row, the victory of the prestigious Cup which reported to the rider $165,000 plus 150 World Ranking Points, making clear the American, who came to stay long as the world reference of the Show Jumping.
For the second place and being a tonic throughout the week in various contests, where the German rider Philipis Weishaupt was for the third time this week in second place, undoubtedly a very good result with the 10-year-old stallion LB Convall (Colman x Cascavelle) owned by Luger Beerbaum Stables GmbH, registering 4 fouls in 46.32 seconds, while four-time Canadian Olympic medalist Eric Lamaze had to settle for third place by stopping the clock in 46.66 seconds with his 4 fouls, along with the 14-year-old mare Fine Lady 5 (Forsyth x Drosselklang II) owned by Artisan Farms LLC & Torrey Pines.
Finished the top five in fourth place Mario Deslauriers of the United States, exceeding the time allowed in the second round, situation that left him out of the tiebreaker with the 9-year-old gelding Westbrook (Jaguar Mail x Carrera) and Rene Rebbel of Ukraine, ran the same luck in fifth place next to the 10-year-old stallion Cosun (Up to Date x Cavalier) in time of 69.23 seconds.
For the Latino Ranking, the Mexican rider Fernando Martinez was seventh, completing his two rounds in 4 fouls and 63.99 seconds with the 10-year-old gelding Cor Bakker (Colandro x Quattro) to take 65 FEI Ranking Points, while his fellowman Patricio Pasquel, who completed a very good 2017 season in Calgary, finished 14th with the 10-year-old gelding Babel (Billy du Lys x High Flyer) and Alberto Michán escorted him in the 15th position, next to the 11-year-old gelding GC Chopin’s Bushi (Contendro II x Nairobi), both riders participating only in the first round.
McLain Ward and Bezzie Madden, two of the favorites, only completed the two rounds with World Number 2 McLain Ward in 10th place next to the 11-year-old mare HH Azur (Thunder van de Zwohoeve x Sir Lui) and World Number 36 Bezzie Madden in 11th with the 14-year-old gelding Coach (Con Air x Corofino).