Top-ranked Farrington to join Ward and more at Toronto’s Royal Horse Show

Kent Farrington and Mclain Ward in 2013
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Wednesday 18 October - 17h42 | Ian Clayton and edited press release

Top-ranked Farrington to join Ward and more at Toronto’s Royal Horse Show

Nos.1 and 2 in the world, Kent Farrington and Mclain Ward, will lead a powerful group of American riders at the upcoming CSI4*-W Royal Horse Show, part of the 95th annual Royal Agricultural Winter Fair from November 3-12, 2017, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

 - Top-ranked Farrington to join Ward and more at Toronto’s Royal Horse Show

The two members of the U.S. silver medal team at the 2016 Rio Olympics are among the star-studded list of show jumping athletes making their way to Toronto for international show jumping competition, highlighted by the $150,000 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Toronto on Wednesday evening, November 8.  One of four Longines FEI World Cup Jumping events held on Canadian soil, the competition is a qualifying event for the 2018 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Final in April, 2018 in Paris, France.

“My favorite part about competing at the Royal Horse Show is the crowd,” says Farrington, who came in second in the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Toronto last year riding Creedance and claimed victory in the GroupBy Big Ben Challenge on closing night. “There is a full house almost every night, which makes it a lot of fun for the riders.  Toronto is a great city and the perfect host to us as riders and the event itself.

“There is so much tradition associated with The Royal,” he adds.  “People still come wearing tuxedos which gives it a really exciting atmosphere, and makes it different than any other horse show that we go to.  Overall, it’s a really special event.”

There will be riders from seven nations represented in the Show Jumping section of this year’s Royal Horse Show. Alongside Farrington and 2017 World Cup winner Ward from the U.S. are Leslie Howard, Andrew Kocher, Jessica Springsteen, Adrienne Sternlicht, Hardin Towell, and four-time Olympic medalist, Beezie Madden.  2016 Royal Horse Show Under-25 Champion Daniel Coyle from Ireland will be joined by compatriot Richie Moloney and Shane Sweetnam while two-time Olympian Daniel Bluman will represent Israel.  Nicola Philippaerts of Belgium, Sharn Wordley of New Zealand, and Samuel Parot of Chile are also scheduled to be in Canada’s largest city, located on the shores of Lake Ontario.

As organizers note, “Before the international show jumping division opens on Tuesday, November 7, home-grown talent will be highlighted in the $125,000 Canadian Show Jumping Championship on opening weekend, November 3 and 4.  Twelve-time winner and defending champion Ian Millar of Perth, ON, will go head-to-head with the likes of two-time Canadian Olympian Tiffany Foster of North Vancouver, BC, Keean White of Rockwood, ON, Ali Ramsay of Victoria, BC, Erynn Ballard of Hillsburgh, ON, and Vanessa Mannix of Calgary, AB, in the hopes of capturing the Canadian Championship title.” 

For for more information on competition schedules, live webcasting, results, and to purchase tickets, see here. 

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