After what can only be described as a summer season filled with plenty of top results for Chicago-native Kent Farrington, it comes as no surprise the top-ranked US rider moves into World No.3 position in the most recent Longines World Rankings publish by FEI this week.
His most recent win came at the inaugural Stephex Masters in Belgium, where Farrington took the STX Masters Grand Prix with Amalaya Investments’ Willow just after winning the Serpentine Stakes in Dublin with Robyn Parsky’s Blue Angel. One of the most notable moments for Farrington this summer season, besides signing with notable and prestigious watch brand Rolex, was his second place finish in the Rolex Grand Prix of Aachen, missing out on the win with Amalaya Investments’ Voyeur, in one of the most tense jump off events of the season.
This season, Farrington won the ATB Financial Cup for the third season in a row, this time with Robyn Parsky’s Blue Angel. Another successful season for Farrington saw the now World’s No.1 US ranked rider win the G&C Farm Cup and the Akita Drilling Cup at the CSI5* Masters event with Blue Angel. This season has seen Farrington dominate once again with an incredible team of horses, winning the Progress Energy Cup with Uceko before taking the CSI5* ATCO Power Queen Elizabeth Cup with Voyeur.
Farrington’s results at Spruce Meadows alone are impressive but across the board, Kent has rose to the World’s Top 10. He has done so by winning such top honors at the Rolex event in Geneva, last year winning the Credit Suisse Grand Prix with Willow as well as the second World Cup Qualifier with Voyeur in addition to multiple wins at the the Rolex affiliated event in Florida; the Winter Equestrian Festival.
At this pace, Farrington, with his impressive collection of international mounts, looks to be closing in on Brash’s position as World Ranking leader. With a fall season full of World Cup events not to mention the Spruce Meadows Masters, Farrington has plenty of months left in the 2013 season to decrease the distance between himself and the World No.1 spot.