Kent Farrington (USA) rode for all he was worth and won Canada’s 1.60m Grand Prix at Spruce Meadows. It is the fifth time that Farrington wins this $500.000 National Grand Prix. Eduardo Menezes (BRA) was behind Farrington and Erynn Ballard (CAN) with the KWPN bred Gakhir (by Spartacus) completed the podium. 25 combinations at the start in the first round, seven of which also kept a zero on the board. In the jump-off the battle continued and Kent Farrington came out on top. The US rider set a lightning-fast time of 40,91 with Gazelle (by Kashmir vh Schuttershof) and showed again why he belongs to the top of the world. Eduardo Menezes came closest. The Brazilian sent Quintol (by Quintender) around in 41,88 and secured second place. Erynn Ballard and the 10-year-old Gakhir, bred by MTS van de Donk-Kooi, were third in the prize-giving. The Canadian rider stopped the clocks in 44,89 seconds, and this was enough for third place. Kent Farrington reacted afterward: “I take a lot of young horses to this show. This way, they can get used to the grass track and the impressive obstacles. I think it helps the horses in their development. With Gazelle, I first came here when she was eight years old and has gone through all the classes here from the beginning.” It was the second time for Farrington and the now 15-year-old Gazelle to come out on top in this National Grand Prix of Canada, bringing Farrington’s total of victories in this Grand Prix to five.
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