World No. 1 Kent Farrington and leader of Pan American Ranking showed his favoritism by winning the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Madrid. (Photo © Stefano Grasso)
US Olympic medalist and World No. 1 Kent Farrington from United State claimed his favoritism by winning the fourth Grand Prix of 2017 Longines Global Champions Tour.
Kent Farrington secured his classification in the jump-off with 5 pairs, where the winner driving the 11-year-old mare Gazelle (Kashmir van Schuttershof x Indoctro) in 45.18 seconds and took €90,000 as a prize plus 150 World Rankings points, which undoubtedly strengthens it in world leadership. The result represents the FEI victory number 7 of the year for Kent and second Grand Prix that obtains this 2017.
For second place and only half a second more slower, Marcus Ehning from Germany completed a good round with 14-year-old gelding Pret A Tout (Hiram Chamberlin x Stew Boy), allowing him to add 130 FEI Ranking points in 45.68 seconds. Meanwhile Maikel van der Vleuten of Netherlands, a rider who has been very active in last two months with very good results, was in third place with a time of 45.86 seconds next to 15-year-old stallion VDL Groep Verdi TN N.O.P. (Quidam of Revel x Landgraf I).
For Latino Ranking only Pedro Veniss of Brazil participated to finish in 12th place, when he take 40 World Ranking points, in course of 4 fouls and 75.58 seconds with 13-year-old stallion Quabri de l’Isle (Kannan x Socrate de Chivre).
To present, there are four Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix winners, starting with Swiss Martin Fusch in Mexico City, followed by Jerome Guery from Belgium in Miami Beach, Lorenzo de Luca from Italy doit in Shanghai and now American rider Kent Farrington in Madrid.