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Kent Farrington and Molly Ashe open CSI5* Spruce Meadows 'North American' with wins

Thursday, 05 July 2018
CSI5* Spruce Meadows 'North American' 2018

Photo © Spruce Meadows Media. Kent Farrington with Creedence. Photo © Spruce Meadows Media.

The CSI5* Spruce Meadows 'North American', presented by Rolex is the final tournament of the 2018 Summer Series. There are over 1000 horses on the grounds and over 250 of them are international level horses looking to once again step through the clock tower into the Spruce Meadows International Ring.

Wednesday started with 84 horse-and-rider combinations in the first round of the 1.50m Kubota Cup in the International Ring. Only eleven jumped a clear first round on FEI course designer Santiago Valara's (ESP) 500 meter track and proceeded to the jump-off. Molly Ashe (USA) and D'Arnita (Vingino x Emilion) laid down a quick jump-off time 41.39s that even fan favourite Eric Lamaze (CAN) could not touch. 

"I've had her (D'Arnita) since she was 7 and she's a really special horse. She rose to the occasion and here we are," Molly Ashe said after the win. 

The 1.55m ATCO Energy Cup was the second competition of the day and the first chance for riders to earn points in order to qualify for the ATCO Queen Elizabeth II Cup Grand Prix on Saturday. Forty-four horse-and-rider combinations started the competition in hopes of making it to the winners circle. Fifteen combinations qualified for the jump-off and with Eric Lamaze advancing two horses, you had to be fast.

Lamaze posted a quick clear time of 39.80s with Chacco Kid (Chacco Blue x Come On) but Kent Farrington was determined to make it two wins for the USA this Fourth of July. It was Farrington's mount Creedance's (Lord Z x Notaris) first time in the International Ring and he was ready to step up to the plate. The duo were fast and posted a clear round with a quick time of 38.84s. 

"It's like being at a different venue, your horses get a chance to build a lot of experience," Kent Farrington said on moving from the Meadows on the Green to the International Ring.

Source: Press release and photo © Spruce Meadows

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