Kent Farrington wins the Winter Equestrian Festival

  • Kent Farrington and Orafina claimed victory in Round IX of the $75,000* WEF Challenge Cup at the Winter Equestrian Festival [WEF] – a training ground in part for Kent’s rising stars.

    “I’m really proud of this horse,” Kent said. “He’s someone I’ve been with for two seasons. I really like using the Florida circuit as a training ground for my young horses, and he’s really stepped up this season.

    A difficult course, designed by Irishman Alan Wade, which included both a double and a triple combination, prevented 15 runners from arguing at the jump-off with the fault of a single fence, but also tripped five additional competitors with the tight time allotted of 73 seconds.

    Successful WEF training campaign for Kent Farrington’s Orafina

    Always one to watch in a jump-off event, the US Olympic team silver medalist was the first to qualify for the event and therefore the first to return with the 10-year-old KWPN mare of Kent Farrington LLC (For Fashion x Canturo). As he has done many times before, Kent eased the shoot-off with a fast time of 33.41 seconds.

    Evidence of Orafina’s growth includes second place in the $140,000 CSI3* Grand Prix of the Southern Arches during WEF 1 and its first five-star grand prize in the $406,000 Fidelity Investments CSI5* Grand Prix of the week 4.

    “I thought she was excellent at her first Grand Prix at this level, and she came back today to five-star level and performed better than I expected,” Kent said. “It’s a long season so I’m trying to build her up so she gets used to the environment of being under the lights and jumping at the highest level and then I let her come back down and do a few more classes. small to work on his handling and control. I think going up and down between levels is the best way to produce a horse to come here.

    Spaniard Sergio Alvarez Moya achieved the second clear round of the course aboard his own 10-year-old BWP gelding Malibu De Muze, landing just a fraction slower than Farrington with a time of 33.68 seconds, enough to claim second square.

    Today’s action features ponies on the Equestrian Village’s Derby Field competing for the $5,000 USHJA Pony Derby title. International show jumping competition continues in the international arena with the $37,000 Bainbridge 1.45m CSI5* Speed ​​Class followed by the $6,000 Corro 1.45m CSI2* Speed ​​Class.

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