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Kent Farrington kicks off CHI Geneva with victory in the Credit Suisse Grand Prix

Friday, 09 December 2016
CHI Geneva 2016

Photo (c) Hippo Foto - Dirk Caremans. Kent Farrington and Creedance en route to victory in the Credit Suisse Grand Prix. Photo (c) Hippo Foto - Dirk Caremans.

Thursday night's Credit Suisse Grand Prix at CHI Geneva saw only two riders going double clear, with USA's Kent Farrington riding the lovely Creedance (Lord Z x Notaris) to victory.

The Rolex Grand Prix qualifier was set at 1.55m with a total of 16 jumps, and of the 50 riders that gave it a try only nine would go on to compete in the jump-off. Cian O’Connor (IRL) with Good Luck (Canturo x Furioso II) was among them, but decided not to start. 

Home rider Christina Liebherr started off the jump-off with L.B. Eagle Eye (Darco x Dobel’s Cento), and set the time to beat at 38,67 seconds but with four faults. Michael Whitaker (GBR) with Viking (Jacomar x Almox Prints) also had four faults, and a slower time than Liebherr slotting in behind her. As next to go, Scott Brash (GBR) could not keep it together either and recorded four faults as well on Hello M'Lady (Indoctro x Baloubet du Rouet) although with what turned out to be the fastest time of the class in 36,73 seconds which eventually would be good enough for third place.

Kent Farrington was the first rider to clear the shortened track together with Creedance, with a beautiful fast and clear round taking over the lead with his time of 37,03 seconds and staying on top until the end.

Then the poles started to fall again as Lorenzo de Luca (ITA) with Ensor de Litrange Lxii (Nabab de Reve x Mr Blue), McLain Ward (USA) with HH Azur (Thunder v. Zuuthoeve x Sir Lui v. Zuuthoeve) followed by Daniel Deusser (GER) with Sweet de Beaufour (Diamant de Semilly x Kannan) all had a pole down each to finish sixth, fifth and fourth respectively. 

The last rider in the ring was Jerome Guery (BEL) who went for a safe clear to slot into runner-up position riding Grand Cru van Rozenberg (Malito de Reve x Heartbreaker) with the time 42,10 seconds.

Earlier in the day, Julien Gonin (FRA) won the 1.45m Prix des Vins de Genève riding Soleil de Cornu CH (Qredo de Paulstra x Le Tot de Semilly). Only 0.05 seconds separated the French rider from runner-up Ben Asselin (CAN) on Plume de la Roque (Kannan x Adelfos), while almost a second behind on the clock was Marcel Marschall (GER) on Fenia van Klapscheut (Cicero x Ahorn Z) to end third.


Text © World of Showjumping // Picture © Hippo Foto - Dirk Caremans

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