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Kent Farrington and Gazelle win the RBC Grand Prix of Canada, presented by Rolex, at Spruce Meadows 'National'

Sunday, 05 September 2021
CSI5* Spruce Meadows 'National' 2021

Photo © Spruce Meadows Media/Mike Sturk Kent Farrington (USA) and Gazelle in the RBC Grand Prix of Canada, presented by Rolex, on Saturday of the 'National'. Photo © Spruce Meadows Media/Mike Sturk.

 

Edited press release from Spruce Meadows

 


 

The 2021 edition of the RBC Grand Prix of Canada, presented by Rolex, took place on this sunny Saturday afternoon of the Spruce Meadows 'National' CSI5*, presented by Rolex, and it saw some of the toughest competition of the tournament so far. This is a legendary competition that has seen some incredible champions in the past, including Canadian favourites Ian Millar with Big Ben, and Eric Lamaze with Hickstead.

Out of the twenty-five horse/rider combinations that took to the ring for today's competition, only 7 made it through to the jump-off. Each of the seven competitors were familiar faces in the International Ring, with Canadians Erynn Ballard, Tiffany Foster, and Ben Asselin making up part of the ranks. The course, set by Anthony D'Ambrosio (USA), featured 13 obstacles and 16 jumping efforts and a time allowed of 82 seconds. Notable obstacles included the open water, as well as a tricky triple combination heading into the final line that proved to be the most challenging aspect of the course for most of the athletes.

The jump-off was equally as challenging, with only 4 out of the 7 horse/rider combinations finishing clear. It was Kent Farrington's (USA) time of 40.91 seconds aboard Gazelle (Kashmir van Schuttershof x Indoctro) that secured the first place score, with Brazilian rider Eduardo Menezes and H5 Quintol (Quintender 2 x Cento) in a close second with a time of 41.88 seconds. Erynn Ballard (CAN) and Gakhir (Spartacus x Indorado) finished third, in a time of 44.89 seconds.

This is not the first time that Farrington has won this competition, and with the performances that he and his horses consistently deliver in the International Ring, it certainly won't be his last. In fact, today marks the fifth time that Farrington has won the RBC Grand Prix of Canada, as well as the second time that he's won with the 15-year-old Gazelle.

"I bring a lot of young horses here so they get used to the grass, they get used to the long rails, and the impressive jumps. I think it helps them develop as horses," Farrington said during the press conference following his win. "Gazelle I started bringing here when she was 8 (years old)… and she's gone all the way through the ranks from the very beginning."

 



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