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Willow wins for Kent Farrington in Geneva’s Credit Suisse Grand Prix

Friday, 13 December 2013

Kent Farrington won the Grand Prix in Geneva on Friday riding Willow. Photos by World of Showjumping.After a long eighteen horse jump-off, it was third-last-to-go Kent Farrington who stood as the winner of the Credit Suisse Grand Prix in Geneva. The American rider defeated the fifty rider-field with two amazing clear rounds on the 10 year old Dutch bred gelding by Guidam x Little Rock. With so many riders chasing each other against the clock, it was bound to be a very fast second round in Palexpo as one rider after the other tried to take home the 66 000 CHF top prize.

Cameron Hanley took an early lead on the lovely Antello Z (Animo II Z x Continue), who continued to jump great – just like in Paris last weekend. Two riders on he was caught by his fellow-countryman Dermott Lennon who jumped a tremendous round on Loughview Lou-Lou (Limmerick x Jack of Diamonds) to put serious pressure on the rest to come with his time of 34.96.

Ben Maher ended second on Cella.It was not until Ben Maher and Cella (Cento x Chin Chin) – 11th to go in the jump-off – that Lennon was taken over, as the British rider rode a determined and very fast round to take the lead on 34.46 seconds shaving off no less than 0.50 seconds on Dermott’s time around the shortened track. Daniel Deusser also gave it to go, but eventually had to settle for fourth on the stunning Cornet D’Amour (Cornet Obolensky x Damiani).

With only three riders left, Kent Farrington entered the ring. After a lovely first round, jumped with incredible lightness – Kent set Willow in top gear and raced around the shorten track to cut the down the time with 0.57 seconds, celebrating his first five star Grand Prix win on this exceptional horse and putting Maher in second and Lennon in third.

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