Farrington Rounds Out Big Show for US Riders in Toronto

Credit : Ben Radvanyi Photography

Monday 14 November - 13h57 | Press release/Ian Clayton

Farrington Rounds Out Big Show for US Riders in Toronto

U.S. Olympic team silver medalist Kent Farrington won the $75,000 ‘Big Ben’ Challenge on Friday to close out the CSI4*-W Royal Horse Show in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Great Britain's Nick Skelton was second on Big Star, while Canada's Ian Millar and Dixson were third. McLain Ward of the United States - winner of last Wednesday's Longines Jumping Toronto - was given the Leading International Rider Award at the Show, while Leading Canadian Rider honours went to Millar.

 - Farrington Rounds Out Big Show for US Riders in Toronto

Ian Millar and Dixson, in 3rd place after Farrington and Skelton

In front of a sold-out crowd of more than 6,000, 21 riders competed in the final international show jumping event of the 2016 Royal Horse Show, an event named after Millar's famous mount.  A total of seven jumped clear on the huge track set by course designer Bernardo Cabral of Portugal, but none could match the performance of Farrington and Creedance, a nine-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (Lord Z x Notaris).
 

“There were some really nice horses jumping here tonight,” said Farrington, who was competing at the Royal Horse Show, part of the 94th Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, after a five-year absence. “More than anything, more than winning, I’m thrilled with the progress of the horse.  I feel like he’s on track to become a very good grand prix horse.” He aims to bring the horse to next year's World Cup final in Omaha, Nebrask

Farrington and Creedance posted a blistering jump-off time of 31.86 seconds that could not be matched.  Reigning Olympic Champions Nick Skelton of Great Britain and Big Star, owned by Oliver Robertson and Gary and Beverley Widdowson, came the closest, stopping the clock in 33.55 seconds.
 
 

 - Farrington Rounds Out Big Show for US Riders in Toronto

McLain Ward, Leading International Rider in Toronto
Credit : Ben Radvanyi Photography

There was no way I could beat Kent so I went for second,” stated Skelton, who has been attending The Royal since the late 1970s.  “They have a great crowd here that really takes part in and enjoys the show.  I like coming here; it’s one of my favorite indoor shows.”

Ian Millar of Perth, Ontario, thrilled the home audience with a clear round in a time of 33.79 seconds riding Dixson while his 2008 Canadian Olympic silver medal teammate Mac Cone was fourth in 36.26 seconds riding Gasper van den Doorn.  2008 U.S. Olympic team gold medalist Laura Kraut rounded out the top five by posting the fastest four-fault effort in the jump-off with a time of 33.82 seconds riding Confu.
 

Following five days of top-caliber international competition, three-time U.S. Olympic medalist McLain Ward was presented as the Leading International Rider.  Ward’s trip to Toronto was highlighted by a dominating win in the $130,270 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Toronto on Wednesday night riding HH Azur. 

The Leading Lady Rider Award, introduced at the 2016 Royal Horse Show, was presented to Leslie Howard of the United States, a1996 Olympic team silver medalist. 

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