World No. 3 Kent Farrington won the City of Los Angeles Trophy in Day 2 of the inaugural Los Angeles Masters event. Farrington’s win was of course very popular among the home crowd, who watched the leading US rider guide Amalaya Investment’s Willow to one of seven double clear scores in the first international CSI5* competition of the day, with forty-two entries. As per usual, Farrington was extremely fast in the jump-off that counted no less than sixteen riders earning a time of 33.42 seconds.
With over a second faster than runner-up Jur Vrieling and his Olympic veteran mount VDL Bubalu, Farrington took a comfortable win in this 1.50 class and the top prize of $27,555 USD in prize money. Third place saw recently crowned double World Equestrian Games Bronze Medalist Beezie Madden on her World Cup Finals winning mount Simon.
Switzerland’s Jane Richard Philips earned an appropriate win in Friday’s Longines Speed Challenge. As the only international show jumping Ambassador for the Swiss watch manufacturer, Jane Richard Philips beamed as she won the class aboard Dieudonne de Guldenboom.
A mere 0.16 seconds separated Philips and runner-up Constant van Paesschen of Belgium aboard Citizenguard Million Dreams in the competitive 1.45 speed class. Third place went to Jane’s World Equestrian Games team mate, Steve Guerdat riding Albfuehren’s Memphis.