Kent Farrington and Creedance win Longines Grand Prix CSI5* of St. Moritz

Ph. Kent Farrington and Creedance winners of Longines Grand Prix of St Moritz
Ph. Kent Farrington and Creedance, winners of the Longines Grand Prix of St Moritz

After winning Saturday’s big class at the Longines CSI5* St. Moritz with Gazelle, the USA’s Kent Farrington tacked up Creedance on Sunday and won the Longines Grand Prix of St. Moritz.

Forty-nine riders took part in the 1.60m jump off class, and ten of them advanced to the shortened course to try to take the win home.

Kent Farrington-2“My plan was to try to win and I made sure that my plan was aggressive enough to win,” said Farrington. “I think in the jump off, the second to last fence I went around when most of the other riders went inside because my horse is really fast across the ground. I thought it would be less risk and probably the same speed as going inside so that was my option there.”

That option worked out as Farrington was able to set a time no other rider could beat, in 39.56 seconds.

Great Britain’s Michael Whitaker and Viking came closest in 40.35 seconds. He would place 2nd, with Niels Bruynseels of Switzerland landing in 4th time on 42.47 seconds.

Whitaker and Viking laid down a seemingly impossible time to beat, but Farrington was in the clutch position as second-last to go in the order. He picked up the reins of the 9-year-old KWPN gelding (Lord Z X Notaris) that he co-owns with RCG Farm to edge in front of Whitaker.

“He (Creedence) is only 9 years old so he’s very inexperienced for this level of competition but he’s really fast and I have big hopes for him in the future,” Farrington added.

Switzerland’s Jane Richard Philips and Pablo de Virton were last to go in the jump off but their time of 42.16 couldn’t touch Farrington’s. They earned 3rd place.

“I’m very happy with my horse, he jumped amazing,” Richard Philips said. “In the jump off Kent was very fast, so I knew if I went faster than him I would go in a lot of risk, so my goal was to be in the top five.”

Find the full results at this link.

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