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Rolex Testimonee Kent Farrington & Gazelle Leap to Victory €1,000,000 Rolex Grand Prix of Aachen CSI 5*

CHIO Aachen 2019

Aachen, Germany, 21 July 2019 – The €1,000,000 Rolex Grand Prix of Aachn CSI 5* at CHIO Aachen has been won by Rolex Testimonee Kent Farrington (USA) and Gazelle. Second place went to Germany’s Daniel Deusser (GER) riding Scuderia 1918 Tobago Z and third place to Great Britain’s Ben Maher (GBR) riding Explosion W.

CHIO Aachen played host to over 40,000 equestrian spectators last Sunday, as they gathered in the main show jumping arena to witness the second Major of 2019 in the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping. Inaugurated in 1898, the show is steeped in equestrian history and has partnered with Rolex since 1999, a relationship that demonstrates Rolex’s enduring long-term commitment to equestrianism, supporting the most revered and highly-anticipated shows hosted around the world.

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Martin Fuchs (SUI) & Clooney 51

An impressive course, assembled by world-renowned course designer Frank Rothenberger (GER) was, as ever, a challenging one for the world’s equestrian elite. The first round delivered only seven clears, which included Rolex Testimonees Kent Farrington (USA), Kevin Staut (FRA) and Swiss rider Martin Fuchs (SUI). Fellow Swiss Rolex Testimonee Steve Guerdat (SUI) completed with an unlucky four faults but progressed through to round two with his super-fast time.

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Steve Guerdat (SUI) & Albfuehren’s Bianca

Final Rounds
A revised and equally imposing course welcomed the 18 successful pairings to round two. Despite a precise clear from Guerdat, his earlier four faults ruled him out of the jump-off. The passionate crowd showed their appreciation for Farrington and six others as their faultless rounds took them to the final stage of one of show jumping’s most prestigious Majors.

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Kent Farrington (USA) & Gazelle

Despite valiant efforts from the first four combinations, the arena was treated to its first triple clear by Farrington in a time of 43.98 seconds, showing his indisputable dedication for perpetual excellence; values also shared by Rolex.

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Daniel Deusser (GER) & Tobago Z

With only two riders to go, and both German natives  – Daniel Deusser (GER) and Simone Blum (GER) – the home fans were on the edge of their seats. Farrington proved unbeatable as Blum had one pole down and Deusser stopped the clock 0.37 seconds slower than the American’s time.

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Kent Farrington (USA) & Gazelle

Farrington said, “This is the best win. This is the best show, Rolex really raises the level of the sport, you have the best riders on the best horses and this is one of the most prestigious events we have in our sport. The history of winners here is filled with the best riders in the world and I’m very proud to join them.”

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Kent Farrington (USA) & Gazelle

The CSIO Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ in Canada in September is the next Major in the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping, and the attention of the equestrian world will now turn to this show, in the hope that Rolex Testimonee Kent Farrington will continue his Rolex Grand Slam journey.

Results – €1,000,000 Rolex Grand Prix of Aachen CSI 5*

1. Kent Farrington (USA) & Gazelle
2. Daniel Deusser (GER) & Scuderia 1918 Tobago Z
3. Ben Maher (GBR) & Explosion W
4. Simone Blum (GER) & DSP Alice
5. Darragh Kenny (IRL) & Babalou 41
6. Jérôme Guery (BEL) & Quel Homme de Hus
7. McLain Ward (USA) & HH Azur
8. Sven Schlüsselburg (GER) & Bud Spencer 7
9. Elizabeth Madden (USA) & Darry Lou
10. Steve Guerdat (SUI) & Albfuehren’s Bianca

For full results, please click here.

Source: Press release from Revolution Sports for Rolex Equestrian

Photos: © Rolex / Ashley Neuhof