World Number 1 Kent Farrington of the United States of America won the Credit Suisse Grand Prix, adding a new 2017 victory this productive year. (Photo © chi-geneve.ch)
World Number 1 and Pan American Ranking leader Kent Farrington of the United States of America, took the victory of the Credit Suisse Grand Prix in Geneva.
In what turned out to be a marathon jump-off round for the Grand Prix, US Olympic medalist Kent Farrington led the course designed by Swiss Gérard Lachat, where 22 of the 50 riders who started the class, return to decisive round.
Registering a time of 36.42 seconds with the 15-year-old gelding Voyeur (Tolano van’t Riethof x Goodwill) owned by Amalaya Investments, Kent Farrington secured 130 World Ranking Points to his account, where he will undoubtedly be increasing his advantage as the world number 1, a position he has held for 8 months in a row.
Attached to his strategy from start to finish by Kent Farrington, the American rider surpassed the Israeli rider Daniel Bluman and his 14-year-old mare Sancha LS (Chin Chin x Polydor), who completed his tiebreaker in 37.06 seconds and for third place only 2 hundredths of a second slower than Bluman, was Dutch rider and first class winner’s Harrie Smolders, finished in time of 37.08 seconds with the 13-year-old gelding Zinius (Nabab de Reve x Kannan).
The fourth place was for world number 17 Belgian rider Niels Bruynseels, completing the field in 38.52 seconds with the 11-year-old mare Cas de Liberté Z (Cracky Z x Chellano Z) and fifth was home rider and Swiss Olympic gold medalist Steve Guerdat with his 11-year-old mare Bianca (Balou du Rouet x Cardento) in 38.65 seconds.
Likewise for the Pan American Ranking managed to finish within the points the two-time US Olympic medalist Laura Kraut in 15th place, accompanied by the 10-year-old gelding Confu (Contact Me x Cambridge) accumulating 4 fouls in 39.14 seconds.
For the Latin Ranking Pedro Veniss of Brazil was not on his best day to exceed the time allowed and add 1 fouls to total 5 fouls in 66.17 seconds, being out of the points in 37th place with the 12-year-old mare For Felicila (For Pleasure x Espri).