CSI 5*

Kent Farrington Steps Orafina Up to Win $215,000 RBC Grand Prix CSI 5* at Ottawa

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada – August 28, 2022 – In what Kent Farrington (USA) describes as a “building year” for him, he’s finding undeniable talent in up-and-coming horses. In the tack of Orafina, a 10-year-old Royal Dutch Sport Horse (Dutch Warmblood) mare (For Fashion x Canturo), the number-10 in the world won the $215,000 RBC Grand Prix CSI 5* on the final day of Major League Show Jumping Ottawa at Wesley Clover Parks.

Farrington describes Orafina as “careful like Gazelle and physically strong like Voyeur”, both comparisons that any developing horse would be lucky to share.

Conor Swail (IRL) & Vital Chance de La Roque

Orafina also has the speed to win when it matters, topping a four-horse jump-off against several notoriously fast contenders. Together, they slid Ireland’s Conor Swail (IRL) to the runner-up placing aboard Vital Chance de La Roque (Diamant de Semilly x Rivage du Poncel) for owner Mannon Farm.

Jacqueline Steffens (CAN) & Freaky

Rounding out the podium, Jacqueline Steffens (CAN) took third riding Freaky (Darco x Litho), owned by Team Eye Candy.

Farrington’s CSI 5* victory comes just a day after leading Team Lugano to a much-anticipated gold-medal placing in the Major League Show Jumping Team Competition.

Kent Farrington (USA) & Orafina

Winner‘s Circle – Kent Farrington (USA)

[This was a] great week for me. It was my first time coming to this venue and I was really impressed. The footing was great, they have an interesting set of jumps that are different than what we see every week, which is great for my horses. Orafina is a spectacular horse and incredibly competitive. I have big expectations. In the end, the horses are going to decide what they do in the sport, and right now, she’s loving it. I hope that continues.

Major League Show Jumping heads back to the USA with the fifth stage of competition returning to Traverse City Horse Shows September 15 through 18. To view the complete MLSJ schedule, click HERE.

Podium: 3) Jacqueline Steffens (CAN), 1) Kent Farrington (USA), 2) Conor Swail (IRL)

Final Results – $215,000 RBC Grand Prix CSI 5*

1) Kent Farrington (USA) & Orafina – 0 / 0 – 35.75

2) Conor Swail (IRL) & Vital Chance de La Roque – 0 / 0 – 36.42

3) Jacqueline Steffens (CAN) & Freaky – 0 / 4 – 37.65

Source: Press Release from Major League Show Jumping

Photos: © MLSJ / Ashley Neuhof