Wellington, Florida, USA – Saturday, February 1, 2020 – U.S. Olympic team silver medalist Kent Farrington (USA) and Creedance did what they do best by galloping full tilt to win the $214,000 Marshall & Sterling / Great American Insurance Group Grand Prix CSI 4* in the Global Ring at Equestrian Village (home to the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival) on Saturday, February 1, 2020.
From a starting field of 39 horses, 11 advanced to the tie-breaking jump-off set by Brazilian course designer Anderson Lima (BRA). After pocketing a grand prix win earlier in the season, Mexico’s Santiago Lambre (MEX) was poised for a repeat before Farrington and Creedance charged into the ring. Farrington utilized the 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding’s exceptional speed to steal the lead by just under half of a second.
“Creedance is an exceptional horse; he’s naturally so fast and such a winner,” said Farrington of his mount (Lord Z x Notaris). “He’s unbelievably careful and at the same time very brave. He delivered like he usually does, and I was very proud of him today.
“I try to show him where he likes and not overuse him in places where I don’t think he needs to jump,” continued Farrington on how he manages Creedance’s schedule together with co-owner R.C.G. Farm. “I try every winter when I’m here to pick a few weeks where he comes out. The caliber of horses here is very high, and that’s why I think you saw such a strong result from a lot of people today.”
Santiago Lambre (MEX) & Cetano van Aspergem Z
Farrington’s time of 34.07 seconds eclipsed Lambre’s 34.52-second finish, bumping the WEF two grand prix winner to runner-up.
“Cetano’s getting better and better, and he’s improved in the last year,” said Lambre of his 11-year-old Zangersheide gelding (Clinton x Ahorn Z). “Last year, he couldn’t go as fast, but now the rideability is much better. I always try to win, and today, he did a great job. After me, there were very fast riders. I’m very happy with second place.”
Jessica Springsteen (USA) & Volage du Val Henry
Rounding out the podium, home rider Jessica Springsteen (USA), stopped the jump-off clock at 35.41 seconds riding Volage du Val Henry for third place. Springsteen also earned the Martha W. Jolicoeur Leading Lady Rider Award for her consistency in both the grand prix and the WEF Challenge Cup earlier in the week.
“She’s been in such good shape these past couple months,” said Springsteen of Volage du Val Henry, an 11-year-old Selle Français mare (Quidam de Revel x Cassini I) owned by Stone Hill Farm. “She was great on Thursday. I thought I was pretty quick, and I ended up sixth. So today, I wanted to go for it a little bit more. We still weren’t quite fast enough, but she’s such a talented horse. I love riding her.”
Kent Farrington (USA), Santiago Lambre (MEX), and Jessica Springsteen (USA) on the grand prix podium with (left to right) winning owner Haity McNerney; Wellington Mayor Anne Gerwig; and Marshall & Sterling / Great American Insurance Group representatives, including Equine Mortality Agent Lindsey Williamson, Equine Mortality Agent Amelia Stasny O’Neill, Vice President & Director Don Graves, Assistant Vice President Missy Sullivan, and Operations Manager Elizabeth MacWilliam; and ringmaster Steve Rector.
WEF continues through March 29, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, Florida, with 12 consecutive weeks of world-class competition and $13 million dollars on offer. The fourth week of competition at WEF, sponsored by Marshall & Sterling Insurance/Great American Insurance Group and recognized as a CSI4* by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), concludes on February 2.
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Source: Press release by Lindsay Brock and Sabrina Brashares / Jennifer Wood Media, Inc. for ESP – Equestrian Sports Productions / PBIEC – Palm Beach International Equestrian Center
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