August 24, 2020 – Wellington, Florida, USA – Another week of ESP Summer Series competition wrapped up on the Derby Field on Sunday as Kent Farrington of (USA) and Creedance dominated the $20,000 Resilient Fitness Grand Prix during the third week of the series.
The American and the 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (Lord Z x Notaris) crossed through the jump-off timers in 42.746 seconds, besting a total of 37 competitors on the course designed by Jasen Shelley (USA).
Joao Eduardo Ferreira de Carvalho (BRA) rode Volt Du Thot, owned by Karina Rocha Mello, to a second-place victory after a 44.98-second jump-off.
Sophia Studd (DEN) claimed third place aboard Holsteins Matina, owned by Marie Botved Studd, after they finished the jump-off track in 47.232 seconds.
Farrington had a total of three entries in this Grand Prix, and has been working to keep them in shape despite the slower competition season this Summer. “Creedance and Gazelle are very experienced horses, and it’s a great opportunity to jump them on the grass. I think it’s one of the best arenas that we have in America, so the fact that they’re able to hold some shows here during this difficult time is great,” commented Farrington. “I wanted to take advantage of [this field] with my horses and still keep them in a bit of a routine even though there’s not a ton of shows going on right now.” The KPF Team recently returned from competition in North Carolina and Michigan, and the top rider expressed that he’s very happy some venues have been able to hold competitions, considering “a lot of other sports aren’t able to continue now.
Many of his social media followers have also seen the incredible workouts that Farrington completes, so in honor of this week’s Grand Prix sponsor, Resilient Fitness, Farrington described how he manages to stay motivated and healthy during this time: “I take my job seriously. I think if we’re going to call ourselves athletes, then we have to be athletes. So, I try to be authentic to that and live and train like a top athlete should.”
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Source: Press release from ESP – Equestrian Sports Productions
Photos: © Anne Gittins Photography