Lexington, Kentucky, USA – January 16, 2021 – US Equestrian is pleased to share that Kent Farrington (Wellington, Fla.) has been voted the 2020 International Equestrian of the Year by the USEF membership. Farrington, along with many more outstanding equestrians, were recognized for their achievements during the virtual USEF Pegasus and Horse of the Year Awards Celebration presented by Alliant.
International Equestrian of the Year
Kent Farrington is one of top jumping athletes in the world, consistently producing dominant results in the United States and abroad year after year. Farrington’s roots in equestrian sport were seeded in Chicago, Illinois, where he began riding at the age of eight. He quickly made his mark, ascending through the junior ranks before turning professional in 2000. He has since gone on to represent the United States at numerous international championships, including the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, the 2015 Toronto Pan American Games, the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, and 2011 Guadalajara Pan American Games. In 2019, he became the first U.S. rider to win the Rolex Grand Prix of Aachen CSI 5* and the International Jumping Riders Rolex Grand Prix of Geneva in the same year.
Farrington capitalized on limited opportunities during an unconventional 2020 season, bringing home numerous victories, including a top finish aboard Gazelle in the coveted $213,300 American Gold Cup Grand Prix CSI 4*, besting a competitive jump-off of 15 combinations. With a strong start to the season at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Fla., Farrington set the tone early with win in the $214,000 Marshall & Sterling/Great American Insurance Grand Prix CSI 4* aboard longtime mount Creedance, before guiding Gazelle to a second-place finish in the $401,000 Fidelity Investments Grand Prix CSI 5*. Most recently, Farrington has recorded several international wins aboard Kaprice, Creedance, and new mount, Orafina.
Source: Press release by the US Equestrian Communications Department for US Equestrian / USEF – United States Equestrian Federation
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