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Close-Up: Voyeur

Thursday, 09 February 2017
Close-Up

He has won team silver at the 2016 Olympic Games and team bronze at the 2014 World Equestrian Games, won the 2015 Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final, World Cups, prestigious five-star Grand Prix competitions – you name it. Kent Farrington’s 15-year-old gelding Voyeur has done it all.

Dutch bred by G.C.J. van Kooten, Voyeur is by Tolano van’t Riethof out of the mare Loma by Goodwill. Voyeur actually has two full-siblings younger than him; Bravoure and Trio Z – also from the same breeder. Before coming to Farrington, Voyeur was competed by Dutch rider Leon Thijssen.

Nick-named Froggy (or Frog), Voyeur might be a tiger in the ring but at home he is according to his groom Denise Moriarty a soft teddy bear. “He loves to cuddle, and is always right over your shoulder when you are mucking him out. Froggy loves his turnout time and his Uncle Jimmy Hanging balls,” Denis tells World of Showjumping. “He is always alert, him or his neighbour Uceko (aka Monkey) are the first to hear the feed room door open or the hay cart coming!”

“He likes to talk a lot, and whinnies and knickers – especially if he is not taken out first in the morning,” Denise says. “He is super easy to take care of, he loves being clipped, he is a good traveller but often pulls his shoes off when traveling!

In the ring, his rider Kent Farrington has described Voyeur as a fresh and ‘aggressive’ horse with a lot of blood. “Usually have to be a little bit awake when you're riding him because he can spin very quickly and spooks at a lot of things. He's a handful, but I think most of the good ones are," Farrington said after winning the World Cup in Lexington in 2015.

And with this, we let the lens close up on the wonderful Voyeur.

All photos © Jenny Abrahamsson.

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