Kent Farrington & Dublin in the 2017 Kubota Cup at Spruce Meadows. Ph: Tori Repole for NF
Ahead of his performance on Friday, September 22, 2017 at the Central Park Horse Show in New York, NY, the FEI World Ranked No. 1 rider Kent Farrington pledged to donate any earnings acquired in the $216,000 U.S Open FEI CSI3* Grand Prix to a very worthy cause.
All prize money that Farrington earns will be gifted to Direct Relief, benefitting the victims of recent natural disasters, and Hurricane Irma in particular.
In its destruction from September 7-8, Irma devastated several countries in the Caribbean Sea before making its way to the state of Florida, where the Key Islands and western coastline received the brute end of the storm. Farrington owns a farm and bases out of Palm Beach County’s Wellington, Florida, which felt moderate impacts of Irma.
“There has been tremendous damage, and although my facility in Wellington, Florida, wasn’t directly impacted, a lot of people weren’t as lucky,” Farrington said. “While this [prize money] may not be a huge amount, I want to make a contribution to help those in their time of need. I spoke to my owners about it and they were supportive, so I hope to have some luck in tonight’s grand prix.”
The World No. 1 will pilot the ten-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding Creedance (Lord Z x Notaris) in the feature show jumping event of the Central Park Horse Show. Farrington is 23rd in the order, and the class will be livestreamed at this link.