The reason behind Farrington's choice of a partner for this weekend's Dutch Masters

Farrington and Creedance at the 2017 Longines Masters in Paris
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Friday 15 March - 16h24 | Ian Clayton

The reason behind Farrington's choice of a partner for this weekend's Dutch Masters

This weekend, Kent Farrington will be the sole rider from North America at the Dutch Masters Indoor Brabant Horse Show in s'-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands – part of the Grand Slam of Show Jumping along with the CHI Genève, CSIO Spruce Meadows Masters and CHIO Aachen. And of course like any rider, the World No.11 has carefully chosen the partner accompanying him to the competition. Video below the break.

 - The reason behind Farrington's choice of a partner for this weekend's Dutch Masters

Part of a field of 45 athletes and 124 horses from 15 nations which includes many of his top-ranked rivals in the world, from Switzerland's Steve Guerdat to Dutchman Harrie Smolders (link to entries list below), World No.11 Farrington will be riding 12-year-old gelding Creedance, one of his top mounts.

In a 2017 interview with Vogue, the Chicago native said: "'The strategy is picking the appropriate horse to use at the different venues. You might have one whose strength is to be in a smaller setting like this, or one that is suited better to a larger setting with grass....'" Creedence [the magazine noted] is Farrington’s go-to horse for small, indoor jumping arenas... young (10 years old [at the time]), extremely fast, and agile."

"If you want to win big Grands Prix, you have to take risks," continued Farrington, adding that the biggest challenge he has experienced as an equestrian athlete is: “To get to a level where it’s sustainable to be in your profession while battling self-doubt and struggling to gain outside support—which is really needed in our sport." Below, a video with Kent Farrington talking about Creedance. Entries

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