Kent Farrington earned a victory for the United States on Thursday with his brand new mount Voyeur, owned by Amalaya Investments, in the $32,000 WEF Challenge Cup Round 7 in Wellington. Showing in the International Arena of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, the pair out jumped fellow Americans Katie Dinan and Grant Road Partner's Nougat Du Vallet, who finished second and Cara Raether and Trelawny Farm LLC's Saskia 269, who placed third. Catherine Pasmore and Pasmore Stable's Vandavid also earned USA the fourth place prize.
Olaf Petersen, Jr. of Germany set the course for today's Challenge Cup class. Seventy-three entries contested the first round, with 16 returning to jump off. Seven completed the jump-off course without fault, with Kent Farrington and Voyeur securing the top spot with their time of 37.87 seconds.
Cara Raether and Saskia 269 were the first pair to complete a clear jump-off round with a time of 38.54 seconds to eventually finish third. Scott Brash (GBR) and Bon Ami, owned by Liz McTaggart, were next to go and captured the fifth place prize with a time of 39.71 seconds. Tim Gredley (GBR) and Omelli, owned by Mrs. R. Gredley, also completed a clear jump-off round in 40.55 seconds to place sixth. Catherine Pasmore and Vandavid went next with a clear round in 39.42 second to grab fourth place, immediately followed by Katie Dinan and Nougat Du Vallet's round in 38.27 seconds to take the lead, but eventually settle for second.
Farrington and Voyeur jumped clear three rounds later to secure the win, and the only following clear round of Lauren Tisbo (USA) and Tequestrian Farm's King Kolibri in 42.38 seconds landed in seventh. Charlie Jacobs (USA) and Deeridge Farm's Leap of Joy had the fastest time in 36.61 seconds, but dropped a rail at the last fence to finish in eighth place. Laura Kraut (USA) was also faster than Farrington with Stars and Stripe's Teirra in 37.62 seconds, but rounded out the United States' top placings in ninth with four faults at an early fence in the jump-off.
Today's win was Farrington's second in this year's WEF Challenge Cup Series. Farrington and RCG Farm's Uceko earned victory in week five's class, which was held in a split with 107 entries. His win today was with Voyeur, a ten-year-old KWPN gelding by Tolano Van't Riethof x Goodwill, who came to Farrington through his European business partners Javier Salvador and Leon Thijssen just one month ago. "They have had him since he was a young horse and they thought he would be a good match for me, so they put it together," Farrington explained.
"I think that is my sixth time in the ring with him, so we are off to a good start. He did a couple of schooling jumpers and a couple 1.45m classes. He did the WEF on the grass last week and then the WEF today, so I am pretty excited about him," Farrington smiled. "He is ten, but he is a little green actually for ten. He started late; he didn't really start until he was seven. He was a little bit behind, but he is a great jumper and he is a quality horse, so I think he will come along pretty quick."
Commenting on the course today, Farrington acknowledged Petersen's ability to narrow down the numbers in the large class. "I think that when you have that many horses in the class, to have 73 with 16 clear is a job well done without it being a gut buster out there," he noted. "It was a good course; a technical course with a nice use of time allowed. I think that is probably about the number he would have expected clear today."
Also showing in the International Arena this morning, Eric Lamaze (CAN) and Hunter's Scendix, owned by Torrey Pines Stables and LVS Hunters, and Reed Kessler (USA) and her own Ligist each triumphed in the $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m Jumper classes today.
Final Results: $32,000 WEF Challenge Cup Round 7
1. VOYEUR: 2002 KWPN gelding by Tolano van 't Riethof x Goodwill
KENT FARRINGTON (USA), Amalaya Investments: 0/0/37.87
2. NOUGAT DU VALLET: 2001 Selle Francais gelding by Scherif D'elle
KATHERINE DINAN (USA), Grant Road Partners: 0/0/38.27
3. SASKIA 269: 2002 Holsteiner mare by Quantum x Carthago
CARA RAETHER (USA), Trelawny Farm LLC: 0/0/38.54
4. VANDAVID: 2002 KWPN stallion by Madison x Voltaire
CATHERINE PASMORE (USA), Pasmore Stables: 0/0/39.42
5. BON AMI: 2001 BWP gelding by Pavarotti VD Helle x Richebourg
SCOTT BRASH (GBR), Liz Mctaggart: 0/0/39.71
6. OMELLI: 1996 KWPN gelding by Burggraaf x Equador
TIM GREDLEY (GBR), Mrs. R. Gredley: 0/0/40.55
7. KING KOLIBRI: 2002 Hanoverian stallion by Kolibri x Achill-Libero H
LAUREN TISBO (USA), Tequestrian Farms LLC: 0/0/42.38
8. LEAP OF JOY: 2001 Holsteiner gelding by Lovari x Silbersee
CHARLIE JACOBS SR. (USA), Deeridge Farm: 0/4/36.61
9. TEIRRA: 2000 KWPN mare by Tolano Van Het Riethof x Aldatus
LAURA KRAUT (USA), Stars & Stripes: 0/4/37.62
10. TRAFFIC BOY: 2001 Swedish Warmblood gelding by Cardento 933 x Feliciano 823
SHANE SWEETNAM (IRL), Spy Coast Farm LLC: 0/4/38.87
11. SANCTOS VAN HET GRAVENHOF: 2002 SBS gelding by Quasimodo Vd Molendreef x Nabab De Reve
SCOTT BRASH (GBR), Lady Harris And Lady Kirkham:0/4/39.10
12. ULTIMO: 2001 KWPN gelding by Marlon x Laroche
HECTOR FLORENTINO (Dominican Republic), Stransky's Mission Farm: 0/4/39.28
Source: Jennifer Wood Media Inc.
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