Lauren Fisher and Sara Cook for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.
Wellington, FL – February 11, 2017 – U.S. Olympic team silver medalist Kent Farrington jumped to victory riding Gazelle in Saturday night’s $380,000 Fidelity Investments® Grand Prix CSI 5* at the 2017 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) in Wellington, FL. In an 11-horse jump-off, Brazil’s Luiz Francisco de Azevedo finished second riding Comic, and Catherine Tyree (USA) placed third aboard Bokai.
The fifth week of WEF competition, sponsored by Fidelity Investments®, concludes at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) on Sunday featuring the $86,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic and the $50,000 Equo Grand Prix CSI 2*. Live streaming is available HERE. The 12-week WEF circuit continues through April 2, 2017, awarding over $9 million in prize money.
Farrington, who is currently the number two-ranked rider in the world, put in a thrilling jump-off round with his own and Robin Parsky’s Gazelle to ensure victory. He jumped the 11-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare (Kashmir van Schuttershof x Indoctro) to a team bronze medal in the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, among other top international finishes.
Speaking of his winning round, Farrington stated, “My plan in a jump-off is usually to play to the horse’s strengths unless there are only three in it, then maybe you have a different strategy. Coming after me are Fine Lady and Eric Lamaze, and they are an incredibly competitive combination. They are super fast against the clock, so my plan was to do what I thought the limit was for my horse and put the pressure on him to have to really chase me to win. I knew if we were both running, his horse is probably faster in this type of arena, so I tried to put the pressure on him and hope he would have one down. Luckily for me it worked out tonight.”
De Azevedo was aboard his ten-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion Comic (Verdi x Heartbreaker) for Saturday’s top finish as he gears up for week eight’s CSIO Nations’ Cup competition.
“I am very happy because for me, it is like a win to be second behind Kent Farrington,” the rider stated. “For me, it is like a victory. I am really happy with my horse. We bought him when he was just a six-year-old, and we built him. My goal was to be here where we are now, so I have to just thank God for that.”
“To even be jumping these classes is absolutely amazing,” Tyree continued. “It has always been a dream of mine to jump Saturday nights, and to be sitting next to these two riders and this company is something I have really wanted and have worked toward. To finally accomplish that has been an absolutely amazing feat. It really takes an entire team. I have great people behind me. The past year has been a little rough, but it ended up being a fairy tale at the end. I could not be happier.”
Technicolor is a coming seven-year-old Oldenburg gelding by Sandro Boy that Maxwell purchased about a year ago from Nick Haness in California. Last year, Haness successfully rode the gelding in the First Years while Maxwell showed him in the Amateur-Owners. Maxwell noted that the course was well suited to demonstrate Technicolor’s talents as the pair received a high score of 87 in one of the over fences classes.
“The course was set up really well for him,” Maxwell explained. “He loves a long run to an oxer; it really showcases his spectacular jump. His jump is unlike anything I’ve felt on any other horse, so it’s really fun when I have a nice, long run to an oxer like that. I can really let him shine. The rest was just smooth and nice.”
The fifth week of WEF concludes on Sunday with the $86,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic and $50,000 Equo Grand Prix CSI 2* in the International Arena. The Hunt Ltd. Amateur-Owner Hunter Over 35 division will award championship and reserve honors in the E.R. Mische Grand Hunter Arena. For full results, please visit www.PBIEC.com.
Final Results: $380,000 Fidelity Investments® Grand Prix CSI 5*
1. GAZELLE: 2006 Belgian Warmblood mare by Kashmir van Schuttershof x Indoctro
KENT FARRINGTON (USA), Kent Farrington & Robin Parsky: 0/0/44.48
2. COMIC: 2007 KWPN stallion by Verdi x Heartbreaker
LUIZ FRANCISCO DE AZEVEDO (BRA), Luiz Francisco de Azevedo: 0/0/45.69
3. BOKAI: 2006 KWPN gelding by Up To Date x Ferro
CATHERINE TYREE (USA), Mary & Joe Tyree: 0/0/48.29
4. FINE LADY 5: 2003 Hanoverian mare by Forsyth x Drosselklang II
ERIC LAMAZE (CAN), Artisan Farms LLC & Torrey Pines Stable: 0/4/45.65
5. RUBENS LS LA SILLA: 2006 SLS stallion by Rebozo LS La Silla x Cash
CONOR SWAIL (IRL), Vanessa Mannix: 0/4/46.74
6. CODARCO: 2007 Irish Sport Horse stallion by Darco x Orame
CHLOE REID (USA), Team Reid LLC: 0/4/47.96
7. CASSIS 54: 2005 Bayerischer gelding by Candidatus x Landadel
LUCY DAVIS (USA), Old Oak Farm: 0/4/48.47
8. ROYCE: 2004 Oldenburg stallion by Café au Lait x Grandilot
MARGIE ENGLE (USA), Gladewinds Partners LLC: 0/4/48.48
9. ROBIN DE PONTHUAL: 2005 Selle Francais gelding by Elf d’or x Calypso d’Herbiers
PETER LUTZ (USA), M. Michael Meller: 0/4/49.06
10. SFN ZENITH: 2004 KWPN gelding by Rash x Fuego du Prelet
JEROEN DUBBELDAM (NED), Springpaarden Fonds Nederland & W. van der Ham: 0/8/44.82
11. GC CHOPIN’S BUSHI: 2006 KWPN gelding by Contendro II x Nairobi
ALBERTO MICHAN (MEX), Iron Horse Farm: 0/8/49.55
12. TOULAGO: 2005 Oldenburg gelding by Toulon x Carthago Z
ADRIENNE STERNLICHT (USA), Starlight Farms LLC: 1/86.22
Photo Credit: Photos © Sportfot, Official Photographer of the Winter Equestrian Festival. These photos may be used only in relation to this press release and must include photo credit.