USA’s Kent Farrington best of jumping’s top 10

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Kent Farrington looks rather pleased withb himself and Voyeur, after jumping to victory in the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final at CHI Geneva.
Kent Farrington looks rather pleased withb himself and Voyeur, after jumping to victory in the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final at CHI Geneva. © Rolex

The USA’s Kent Farrington has ridden Voyeur to a thrilling victory in the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final at CHI Geneva, the first time he has won the competition. 

Staged over two rounds, the International Jumping Riders Club final featured the world’s top ten riders. Eight riders made it into the jumpoff, and Second round clears were proving hard to find until Farrington and Voyeur came into the arena. Living up to their deserved reputation as one of the fastest partnerships on the circuit, they sped around the course whilst the crowd held its collective breath, and laid down a lightening fast 37.54 second round; it looked difficult to beat.

Both Simon Delestre and Daniel Deusser followed Farrington, a Rolex Testimonee, onto the course and although both succeeded in going clear, they simply could not match Farrington’s time. It was left to the final two riders, Rolex Testimonees Bertram Allen, the youngest rider to ever compete in the Final at just 20 years old, and 2014 winner Scott Brash, to challenge Farrington. Valiant in their efforts, not even the combined athleticism of equine superstars Molly Malone and Hello Sanctos could match Voyeur, and Farrington was crowned the winner in only his second time of competing.

Kent Farrington with the Rolex IJRC Top 10 trophy.
Kent Farrington with the Rolex IJRC Top 10 trophy. © Rolex

“My horse was amazing today; I had to go early in the second round and I knew that some of the fastest riders were coming after me,” Farrington said.

“This is a great way to start off with Voyeur at the show ahead of the Rolex Grand Prix on Sunday. My horse has been on form so I hope he continues for the weekend.”

The Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final was started in 2001 by the International Jumping Riders Club and similar to the ATP Finals in tennis, is the only competition that rewards consistency throughout the season, by inviting the top 10 highest-ranked riders in the world to go head-to-head over two rounds of jumping. The competition has been won by several of the greatest names in the sport including Rolex Testimonees Rodrigo Pessoa and Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum. Kent Farrington now joins this group of legendary names engraved on the exclusive winner’s trophy.

Results:

1st Kent Farrington (USA), riding Voyeur
2nd Simon Delestre (FRA), riding Hermes Ryan
3rd Daniel Deusser (GER), riding First Class van Eeckelghem
4th Christian Ahlmann (GER), riding Codex One
5th Penelope Leprevost (FRA), riding Flora De Mariposa
6th Scott Brash (GBR), riding Hello Sanctos
7th Bertram Allen (IRL), riding Molly Malone
8th Gregory Wathelet (BEL), riding Algorhythem
9th Luciana Diniz (POR), riding Fit For Fun 
10th Ludger Beerbaum (GER), riding Chaman

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