Lexington, Kentucky, USA. – January 16, 2021 – US Equestrian is pleased to share that Gazelle, Robin Parsky and Kent Farrington’s 15-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare, has been voted the 2020 International Horse of the Year and Balmoral’s Pritchard Hill has been voted the 2020 National Horse of the Year by the USEF membership. Gazelle and Pritchard Hill were honored during the virtual USEF Pegasus and Horse of the Year Awards Celebration presented by Alliant.
International Horse of the Year
Gazelle and Kent Farrington began their partnership in 2014, and since their debut, the pair has amassed an impressive record of wins and top finishes at many the most prestigious competitions in the world, including memorable and historic wins in the 2019 Rolex Grand Prix of Aachen, the 2017 International Jumping Riders Rolex Grand Prix of Geneva, and the 2016 ATCO Queen Elizabeth II Cup Grand Prix at Spruce Meadows, alongside numerous other CSI 5* wins. Gazelle, a 15-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare (Kashmir van Shuttershof x Diva ‘Ter Elsen’) owned by Robin Parsky and Kent Farrington, anchors Farrington’s talented string of quality horses.
In 2020, Farrington and Gazelle took home their biggest win of the year in the $213,000 American Gold Cup Grand Prix CSI 4* hosted in Traverse City, Mich., where they outpaced 15 other combinations in the jump-off. The pair also finished on the podium in the $401,000 Fidelity Investments Grand Prix CSI 5*, placing second, and added a top-five finish in the $73,000 Equinimity WEF Challenge Cup CSI 5* in Wellington, Fla.
“We are thrilled with our superstar horse who, to us, is Horse of the Year every year! [Gazelle] has been with us for seven years and has produced wonderful results each year, taking us all over the world,” said Parsky.
Watch Robin Parsky’s acceptance video for Gazelle.
Source: Press release by the US Equestrian Communications Department for US Equestrian / USEF – United States Equestrian Federation
Photo: © US Equestrian / USEF / Andrea Evans