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Kent Farrington

KENT FARRINGTON
Home: Chicago, IL
Born: December 28, 1980

Kent Farrington began riding at age 8 in Chicago. Kent rode in his first Grand Prix at the age of 16 and won his first class in 2004 aboard “Madison” with a win in the Grand Prix of Saugerties in New York. In 1998 he won the AHSA Medal Equitation Finals and in 1999 won the WIHS Equitation Finals and team Gold Medal at the North American Young Rider Championships.

In 2005, Farrington won the $60,000 Budweiser Grandprix of Lake Placid CSI 2*. He also won the WEF Challenge Cup, the Grand Prix of Devon, the Presidents Cup at the Washington International, and the UNC Grand Prix in Raleigh, NC. He also came in second in the $100,000 US Open Jumper Championship CSIO 4* at Wellington.

Farrington had a huge year in 2006 with 10 Grand Prix wins including the $150,000 U.S. Open Jumper Championship, CSIO-5*, the $60,000 Kilkenny/ICH Internationale Cup Grand Prix, and the $40,000 Zada Enterprises Grand Prix at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL, in addition to the KL Grand Prix at the World Cup Final in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Farrington continued his winning ways in 2007, racking up 13 Grand Prix wins, the most of any rider in the country. He continued to win regularly in 2008.

Farrington had a great 2009 season, winning the Holiday & Horses Grand Prix riding “Up Chiqui”, and the Hagyard Lexington Classic, the KHJA Grand Prix and the Rood & Riddle Kentucky Grand Prix, as well as the Duke Children’s Benefit Grand Prix riding “United”.

Farrington had a dominant season in 2011. He rode “Uceko” to claim the $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational, one of 13 winning performances. He won the prestigious King George V Gold Cup at Hickstead, England, and then helped the U.S. to the team Gold Medal at the Pan America Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Farrington continued to produce winning performances in 2012 including the $250,000 FTI Grand Prix at the Hampton Classic. Farrington’s success did not stop there, he continued on to win the World Cup Qualifier Grand Prix de Penn National in Harrisburg and the Big Ben International Grand Prix in Toronto, both aboard “Uceko”, and he was named Leading Rider at the Royal Winter Fair.

In 2013, he won the inaugural Trump Invitational and was a member of the winning Nations’ Cup Team in Wellington, where he also won the $150,000 CSIO 4* Grand Prix. Farrington’s trip to Spruce Meadows in Canada proved to be a big pay day as he defended his title and cruised to victory in the $400,000 CN Reliability Grand Prix, as well as the $200,000 CN Performance Grand Prix with “Uceko”. His European tour brought more successes, winning the Telefonica Grand Prix in Spain, and a two-phase class in Dublin, Ireland. Upon his return to the States, Farrington won his second consecutive $250,000 FTI Consulting Grand Prix at the Hampton Classic, this time aboard “Zafira”. Riding “Blue Angel”, Farrington won $125,000 New Albany Classic Invitational Grand Prix, followed by a win in the $125,000 President’s Cup at the Washington International Horse Show. In December, Farrington was victorious in Geneva, Switzerland, claiming two wins at the CSI5* including the Credit Suisse Grand Prix. He had a total of 13 Grand Prix wins in 2013.

Farrington had a great 2014, winning his second consecutive $125,000 Trump Invitational riding “Blue Angel”, and the pair went on to claim the $84,000 Salamander Hotels & Resorts Grand Prix CSI3* at WEF a month later. Riding “Voyeur”, he stormed to victory in the $125,000 WEF Challenge Cup in March, followed by a win in the second leg of the FEI World Cup Jumping Finals in Lyon, France in April.

His success continued that year on several continents. Farrington won the MAG-JLY Small Grand Prix at the Rome CSIO5* with Blue Angel in May before winning the Prix SBM Le Casino with “Willow” at CSI5* Monaco. Farrington then headed back to North America to compete at Spruce Meadows, where he won the prestigious Queen Elizabeth II Cup with “Voyeur” and the Pan American Cup with “Uceko.” He returned to Europe to clinch the Preis von Europa at Aachen CSIO5* with “Voyeur”. The pair also placed second in the Rolex Grand Prix at Aachen. He and “Blue Angel” won the Serpentine Speed Stakes at the Dublin CSI5*.

At the 2014 FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France, Farrington and “Voyeur” were integral in helping the U.S. win a Team bronze medal. After another win in Spruce Meadows with “Blue Angel” followed by two wins at the Los Angeles Masters with “Willow” and “Blue Angel”, Farrington won the Longines Cup of Barcelona in Spain with “Uceko.”

Farrington had an extremely successful 2015, beginning with five wins at the Winter Equestrian Festival. Farrington then won the Longines Global Champions Tour in Hamburg, Germany aboard “Voyeur”, followed by a string of successes at Spruce Meadows. Farrington scored victory with “Voyeur” in the $400,000 RBC Grand Prix and the $400,000 Pan American Cup, followed by victory in the $126,000 Scotiabank Cup with “Gazelle” and the $50,000 Lafarge Cup with “Uceko.”

Farrington continued his success on the European circuit, claiming the Dinard CSI5* Prix Hotel Royal Emeraude aboard “Willow” followed by the Longines International Grand Prix of Ireland with “Uceko”. Back in North America he had further success at the Spruce Meadows Masters, claiming victory with “Uceko” in both the $85,000 Akita Cup and the $210,000 Tourmaline Oil Cup. At the National Horse Show, he won the $250,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ qualifier with “Voyeur.” At the Geneva CSI5* in Switzerland, Farrington became the first American to claim the Rolex International Jumping Riders Club Top Ten Final, a competition in which only top-ten FEI world-ranked riders are invited to compete.

2016 was a historic year for Farrington. He won the $200,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ competition at the inaugural Wellington Masters in Florida, which was Farrington’s second victory in the new Longines FEI World Cup™ East Coast League. He took part in the new Global Champions League Team competition, part of the Longines Global Champions Tour (LGCT), traveling the globe as part of the new U.S. team “Miami Glory” along with riders Scott Brash, Georgina Bloomberg, Kim Prince, and Jessica Mendoza.

Farrington claimed two feature classes with “Creedance” at the 2016 Royal Windsor Horse Show CSI 4* in England. The duo won the two featured classes – The Grand Prix for the Kingdom of Bahrain Trophy as well as the Kingdom of Bahrain Stakes for The King’s Cup for which Farrington received his trophy from HM The Queen and Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, the King of Bahrain. He and “Gazelle” were super at Spruce Meadows, clinching the $500,000 ATCO Queen Elizabeth II Caup and the $375,000 ‘Pan American’ Cup.

Being chosen as part of the U.S. Team for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games was the highlight of Farrington’s year. Along with teammates Lucy Davis, McLain Ward and Beezie Madden, Farrington and “Voyeur” helped the U.S. win the Team Silver medal in his first-ever Olympic appearance. Individually, he finished just outside the medals taking fifth place.

Just one week after the Olympics, Farrington continued his great form by winning the two feature classes at the Longines St. Moritz CSI5*. After returning to home soil, he and “Gazelle” won the $216,000 Longines FEI World Cup qualifier at the American Gold Cup, and for the second year in a row, won the $250,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ qualifier at the CP National Horse Show with “Voyeur.” Farrington and “Creedance” then conquered the ‘Big Ben’ Challenge at the 2016 Royal Horse Show, followed by the Longines Grand Prix CSI5* at St. Moritz to top off his amazing year.
Farrington’s has continued his winning ways in 2017. At the Winter Equestrian Festival he won the $380,000 Fidelity Investments Grand Prix with “Gazelle” and then the $130,000 WEF Challenge Cup Round Seven with “Creedance.” Aboard “Dublin” he scored the $130,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic Final and the $35,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic riding “Sherkan d’Amaury.”

Farrington has continued competing in the Global Champions League, this time as a member of team “London Knights” with Ben Maher, Eduardo Menezes, Enrique Gonzalez, and Emily Moffitt. He and “Creedance” mastered a tough track to win the $286,500 LGCT Miami Beach Speed Class and Global Champions League Final, which elevated the London Knights to the GCL Final Miami Beach top podium spot.

His first European show of the season was also successful when he picked up the feature class win at the Antwerp CSI5* in Belgium. In May Farrington successfully defended his title, scoring a repeat victory in the £254,000 Grand Prix for the Kington of Bahrain Trophy as well as the Kingdom of Bahrain Stakes, both feature grand prix classes at the Royal Windsor Horse Show in England. At the Global Champions Tour in Madrid, he and “Gazelle” jumped to a dramatic victory, winning by just 5 tenths of a second.