Calgary, Alberta, Canada – September 10, 2021 – Friday of the Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ began with a second victory for Former World #1 ranked rider Kent Farrington (USA), this time aboard Orafina, the 9-year-old Warmblood mare, in the $75,000 Kubota Grand Prix CSI 3*. Farrington won first place with Austria 2 in yesterday’s TELUS Cup. This is the second day in a row at the ‘Masters’ that Farrington has won the first competition of the day, putting him in a great position of confidence heading into this weekend’s competitions.
The course for this competition was designed by FEI course designer Leopoldo Palencios (VEN), and featured 13 obstacles (16 jumping efforts), and a time allowed of 84 seconds over a 545m track. 5 athletes made it through to the jump-off: Natalie Dean (USA), Mario Deslauriers (CAN), Jordan Coyle (IRL), Nayel Nassar (EGY), and, of course, Kent Farrington (USA).
With a such a small group jumping-off for first place, a clean round with a fast time was critical. Out of the group, 4 went clear, leaving it up to time to determine the placings. Nassar’s 38.90 seconds was good enough for third place, with Coyle in second place with 37.07 seconds, and Farrington taking the win with 36.59 seconds.
Final Results – $75,000 Kubota Grand Prix CSI 3*
1) Kent Farrington (USA) & Orafina – 0 / 36.59
2) Jordan Coyle (IRL) & Picador – 0 / 37.07
3) Nayel Nassar (EGY) & Oaks Redwood – 0 / 38.90
Source: Press Release from Spruce Meadows
Photo: © Spruce Meadows Media Services / Mike Sturk