Farrington Takes Geneva Grand Prix To Set Up Grand Slam Challenge

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Sunday 10 December - 16h34 | Lulu Kyriacou

Farrington Takes Geneva Grand Prix To Set Up Grand Slam Challenge

Kent Farrington has won the Rolex Grand Prix of Genevé and set himself up to challenge for the hardest title to win in show jumping, the Rolex Grand Slam.

Farrington rode Gazelle, his 11 year old Westphalian mare, and was fourth to go in a five horse jump off.  Harrie Smolders had jumped off first and set a decent standard on Don VHP but it was immediately bettered by Henrik Von Eckermann riding Mary Lou. Gregory Wathelet and Coree were looking for a win to set up their Grand Slam hopes after winning in Aachen but although managing to get in front of Smolders, the Belgian failed by two tenths f a second to take the lead. Then it was the turn of the man who many consider to be the fastest rider in the world, who chooses horses with plenty of blood with that in mind.  At the beginning of their round, Farrington and his mare looked as it they were down on the clock but the galloping stretches in the second half worked in their favour and they broke the 44 second barrier to take the lead.

​Last to go was Cian O'Connor on his catch ride Fibonacci. Although he started well, Farrington knew the title was his when the first part of the double fell.

"I am still a bit in shock," said the World Number One. "I love this show and its been great having the whole Rolex team supporting me.  I have done well here but this is the one I have been aiming for, I have been close a few times. Amazing crowd, and a great way to finish the year, my horse jumped amazing.  Next year, well, Scott (Brash) showed us the Grand Slam can be done so  I am going to try my best but the Grand Slam is a tall order!"

​Laura Kraut was sixth on Confu after a mere two hundreths of a second gave her a time penalty and prevented her patricipation in the jump off.

​On a side note, the prizes were presented by british motor racing legend Sir Jackie Stewart, who was very interested in this alternative form of horse power was was seen in animated conversation with the winning rider after the class.

​Results and video replays are here

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