Geneva, Switzerland, December 13, 2019 – The $500,000 Rolex International Jumping Riders Club (IJRC) Top 10 Final at the Concours Hippique International de Genève (CHIG) was won by Rolex Testimonee Kent Farrington (USA) riding Austria 2. Second place went to Darragh Kenny (Ireland) on Romeo 88 while third place was claimed by Christian Ahlmann (GER) and Clintrexo Z.
The curtains opened this evening to an electric atmosphere with an enraptured audience ready to witness the top 10 riders in the world compete to be the best among them. A competition like no other, it is an eagerly awaited highlight of the equestrian calendar and an initiative Rolex has supported since it’s inauguration in 2001. Steeped in equestrian history, 2019 marks the 15th year this prestigious class has been hosted at the CHIG.
The 10 horse and rider combinations were set a technically challenging course designed by world-renowned course designers Gérard Lahchat (SUI) and Louis Konickx (NED). The first round proved to be challenging, producing just three clears, two of which came from Rolex Testimonees Kent Farrington (USA)) and Steve Guerdat (SUI). The second round saw the American produce another exacting clear round aboard the 11-year-old bay Holsteiner mare (Casall x Corrado I), stopping the clock in an outstanding time of 40.32 seconds, joining an elite group of riders who have won the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final twice.
Darragh Kenny (IRL) & Romeo 88
Darragh Kenny (IRL) and Romeo 88 (Contact van de Heffinck x Orlando) were the only other combination with a clean scorecard in the 1.60m two-round challenge, earning silver honors in 42.54 seconds.
Christian Ahlmann (GER) & Clintrexo Z
Christian Ahlmann (GER) and Clintrexo Z (Clintissimo Z x Rex Z) had one unluncky time-penalty in the first round but kept their score intact in their second effort, rounding out the top three in 51.04 seconds.
Kent Farrington (USA)
Winner’s Circle – Kent Farrington (USA)
“I think this is an amazing class, it’s great that Rolex supports it as it really showcases the top level of our sport. I look at the list of riders that have already won it once, and then the guys that have won it twice, Steve Guerdat, Rodrigo Pessoa and Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum, they are the best in our sport, so it’s an honour to be on that list with those riders.”
The equestrian world will now turn its attention to the Rolex Grand Prix, which takes place at the CHIG on Sunday. This is the last Major of the year in the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping and the climax of this four-day event.
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Source: Press release from Revolution World for Rolex Grand Slam
Photos: © Rolex / Ashley Neuhof