How does Kent Farrington follow up a big-money win during the Spruce Meadows (Alberta) summer tournaments? He just does it again.
That’s right, just a week after claiming victory in the $400,000 CN Reliability Grand Prix CSI-W (see results) on June 8 during the Spruce Meadows National, Farrington and Ucecko returned in the Spruce Meadows Continental on June 16 to top the $200,000 CN Performance Grand Prix CSI-W (see results). Their prize money won totaled $198,000, and then they added another $50,000 to that for the CN Precision Series bonus.
Listen to Farrington discuss the win...
Amazingly, Reed Kessler and Cylana were second to Farrington in both classes as well.
Earlier in the week of the Continental, the U.S. team that finished fourth in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup (see results )succeeded in qualifying the United States for the Final of that series. The other U.S. team, led by double-clear performances by McLain Ward and Katie Dinan, claimed second behind a stellar winning Irish team performance.
|Andrew Nicholson cruised to the top of the Luhmühlen |
CCI**** wtih Mr. Cruise Control.
Kit Houghton/FEI Photo
Consistency was also the name of the game for eventer Andrew Nicholson, who won the Luhmühlen CCI**** (see results) aboard Mr. Cruise Control. Adding this four-star title to his Rolex Kentucky CCI**** win in April and his Burghley CCI**** win last fall makes for a remarkable record. Marilyn Little was the top U.S. finisher, riding RF Demeter into seventh place with a double-clear performance over a testing cross-country course and just one rail in show jumping.
Jolie Wentworth was the other U.S. finisher, placing 30th with two stops on cross-country and four rails on the last day. Jennie Brannigan and Cambalda had a fall at the first water on cross-country, 4ABC, which took them out of the competition, while Julian Stiller retired Enjoy Me on cross-country. Michael Jung won the CIC*** riding Halunke FBW (see results).
In dressage, just three horses competed at Grand Prix in the Golden State CDI (Calif.) (see results). Brian Hafner won the Grand Prix and Grand Prix freestyle on Lombardo LHF, while Tracey Lert won the Special on Udo.
Up north, in Rockwood, Ontario, David Marcus rode Chevri’s Capital to the top of the Grand Prix and Grand Prix freestyle at the Angelstone International Tournament CDI (see results).
In Conyers, Ga., at the Atlanta Summer Classic I, Liza Boyd dominated the USHJA International Hunter Derby, claiming first, second and third with Brunello, Fieona and Quatrain. Alex Granato guided Gangsta to the top of the $35,000 Outback Grand Prix (see results). Kevin McCarthy topped the $30,000 Ox Ridge Grand Prix in Darien, Conn., (see results).
At the Blenheim June Classic II (see results), Rusty Stewart rode Bristol to the win in the $30,000 June Classic Grand Prix while John French claimed first, second and third in the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby with Sander, Clue and Soldier. Other shows included the Loudoun Benefit (Va.) (see results), Country Heir II (Ky.) (see results) and Blue Ribbon Summer Festival I (see results).
Event results for the weekend included: Seneca Valley Pony Club Horse Trials (Md.) (see results), Full Gallop Farm Horse Trials (S.C.) (see results), Aspen Farms Horse Trials (Wash.) (see results), Golden Spike Horse Trials (Utah) (see results), Valinor Farm Horse Trials (Mass.) (see results), and Bucks County Horse Park (Pa.) (see results).