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Third win for Kent Farrington at the New Albany Classic

Monday, 25 September 2017
CSI2* New Albany 2017

Photo (c) Kate Morrison. Kent Farrington with Voyeur. Photo (c) Kate Morrison.

30 international horse and rider combinations took to the John G. McCoy Show Field today at the New Albany, Ohio home of Abigail and Leslie Wexner to compete for $125,000 in prize money and the chance to have their name on the perpetual Authentic Cup trophy. After an incredible jump off of six duos, Kent Farrington and Amalaya Investment’s Voyeur claimed the cup before a crowd of 15,000 cheering fans. This was the 20th anniversary of The New Albany Classic Invitational Grand Prix & Family Day, which has raised a total of $32 million to support family violence initiatives in central Ohio through The Center for Family Safety and Healing (TCFSH). Currently ranked number one in the world, this was Farrington’s third win in New Albany, having won with Up Chiqui in 2010 and in 2013 aboard Blue Angel.

“We are so grateful for the support of the show jumping community, our sponsors, volunteers, community partners and fans who come out to spend the day in New Albany to help advance the efforts of The Center,” said Abigail Wexner, founder and host. “When we created The New Albany Classic 20 years ago I don’t think any of us had an inkling that it would develop into the #1 specialty equestrian event in North America, let alone raise $32 million. I am proud of the impact The Center is having on families every day in central Ohio and I’m humbled by the generosity of so many who continue to make this work possible.”

“Thanks to the support of Classic donors we have come far with the work but this is a journey that requires vigilance,” said Karen Days, president of The Center for Family Safety and Healing. “By continuing to educate the community about this issue, advocate for victims and expand the reach of our programming to more people we can help repair lives and break the cycle of family violence.”

The beautiful Richard Jeffery-designed course proved challenging, with only six duos going clear to make it into the jump off including hometown favorite Ali Wolff, who piloted her own Casall to a strong 4th place finish with friends and family cheering her on from the sidelines.

Rounding out the top finishers, Daniel Bluman continues his strong run and was a close second to Farrington aboard his own Sancha LS. Farrington finished the jump off in 38.84 seconds while Bluman came in at 38.89 seconds in a nail biter. Margie Engle was third with the impressive DICAS, an 8 year old gelding owned by Gladewinds, Storm Ridge CAP and Showhorses, Inc. It was Ali Wolff’s second best finish in her nine appearances in New Albany.

“It was good to be back at New Albany, especially after today’s results,” said Kent Farrington. “The crowd is terrific and Voyeur jumped very well, even with the heat. I’m proud to post my third New Albany win and appreciate all that Abigail Wexner does to further the sport.”


1 Kent Farrington with VOYEUR 0-0, 38.84 sec

2 Daniel Bluman with SANCHA LS 0-0, 38.89 sec

3 Margie Engle with DICAS 0-0, 43.86 sec

4 Ali Wolff with CASALL 0-4, 42.31 sec

5 Michael Morrissey with LA LOPEZ 0-4, 42.46 sec  

6 Samuel Parot with ROMANCE DU CRIOLO 0-8, 39.54 sec

Source: Press release from the New Albany Classic / Photo (c) Kate Morrison. 

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