World No. 1 Kent Farrington claimed his favoritism by winning the CSI 5* Rolex Grand Prix at Royal Windsor Horse Show. Lorenzo de Luca of Italy second and Scott Brash of Britain third. (Photo © rwhs.co.uk)
The conclusion of the CSI 5* Royal Windsor Horse Show was based on Rolex Grand Prix and victory for the favorite, World No. 1 and best seeded US Kent Farrington.
With the participation of 29 pairs, the emotions were growing with several of the best riders in the world in action, to concentrate the exclusive group in a tiebreaker round with 12 classified. That was how the leader of Pan-American Ranking dominated the decisive stage, getting an impeccable court with 11-year-old gelding Sherkan D’Amaury (Kannan x Quick Star) by stopping the clock in 39.97 seconds. With a prize to distribute of €342,000 the winner take €75,000 plus 150 World Ranking points, which certainly does not want to stop dominating, being escorted in second place by Italian World No. 6 Lorenzo de Luca, completing his court in 40.85 seconds with 10-year-old gelding Halifax van het Kluzebos (Heartbreaker x Fetiche du Pas).
Also enjoyed good results in third place Scott Brash of Great Britain and former world No. 1 with a time of 40.97 seconds, appearing with 16-year-old mare Ursula XII (Ahorn x Papageno), followed by American rider Laura Kraut in fourth place with 41.20 seconds next to 11-year-old gelding Deauville S (Diamant from Semilly x Lux Z) and fifth place was yesterday’s winner Jessica Springsteen with 10-year-old geldind Cynar VA (Clarito x Alcatraz) in 43.13 seconds.
The best time of the tiebreaker was achieved by Canadian Olympic medalist Eric Lamaze with 14-year-old mare Fine Lady 5 (Forsyth Bravour x Burggraaf), his teammate in 2016 Rio, recording a time of 37.52 seconds, but knocked down a rail totaling 4 fouls in eighth place.