World Number 1 and Pan American Ranking leader Kent Farrington added an important victory at Rolex Grand Prix of the CSI5* CHI de Geneve in Switzerland, beating Swede Henrik von Eckermann. (Photo © chi-geneve.ch)
World Number 1 and Pan American Ranking leader Kent Farrington of the United States of America, won the Rolex Grand Prix of CSI5* CHI de Geneve.
Again the American Olympic medalist Kent Farrington finished as the main protagonist this week, liquidating two of the three most important FEI classes of the week and making clear who is the best in the world, winning this time and for the first time in his career the Rolex Grand Prix in Geneva.
After qualifying for the jump-off 5 riders of the 40 who started on course designed by Swiss Gérard Lachat, Kent Farrington with his 11-year-old mare Gazelle (Kashmir van Schuttershof x Indoctro) owned by Robin Parsky & Kent Farrington, stopped the clock in 44.96 seconds that earned him to add 150 World Ranking points to mark one of the most important victories in his career.
Representing the number 143 FEI victory in his career for Kent Farrington, undoubtedly he has become one of the greatest winners in the history of the Show Jumping, beating this time Swede rider Henrik von Eckermann and his 11-year-old mare Mary Lou 194 (Montendro x Portland L), completing his tie-breaker in 45.49 seconds.
For third place Gregory Wathelet of Belgium marked a time of 45.69 seconds with the 11-year-old mare Coree (Cornet Obolensky x Liberty Life), while the last double clear round was for Dutch rider Harrie Smolders, occupying with his result of 46.89 seconds the fourth place next to the 13-year-old stallion Don VHP Z (Diamant de Semilly x Voltaire).
Completed the Top 5 Cian O’Connor of Ireland accompanied by the 12-yearold gelding Fibonacci 17 (For Feeling x Corland), accumulating 4 faults in 48.88 seconds and represented the last jump-off rider.
For Pan American Ranking the two-time American Olympic medalist Laura Kraut occupied sixth place with the 10-year-old gelding Confu (Contact Me x Cambridge), exceeding the time allowed and being penalized with 1 failure in 63.02 seconds.
For his part Latino Ranking leader Brazilian Pedro Veniss finished in seventh place with the 13-year-old stallion Quabri de l’Isle (Kannan x Socrate de Chivre), running the same fate in exceeding time and totaling 1 foul in 63.44 seconds to ensure World Ranking points.