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Monday 14 November - 13h57 | Press release/Ian Clayton
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.
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).
McLain Ward, Leading International Rider in TorontoCredit : 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.
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