Toronto, Canada – August 19, 2023 – The third leg of Major League Show Jumping came to a close at Angelstone in Ontario, CAN, on Saturday night with a benchmark win for U.S. Olympic team silver medalist Kent Farrington in the $250,000 Kubota Grand Prix CSI 5*. He piloted Toulayna, a 9-year-old Zangersheide mare (Toulon x Parco) that he owns together with Rabbit Root Stables, to her first 5* grand prix victory in front of an electric crowd.
After winning Thursday’s qualifier with Toulayna, Farrington acknowledged that the mare has proven herself as a contender at the top level.
From a field that included 16 of the top-100 riders in the world, Farrington (42)—currently world no. 8—topped an eight-horse jump-off with nearly two full seconds to spare. The turns were tight and the foot speed was unbeatable from Toulayna, a horse that’s had less than 10 five-star starts in her career.
Challenging Farrington was Brazil’s Santiago Lambre (BRA) and Chacco Blue II, who finished second. They crossed the timers just off the pace as the last to return over fellow Brazilian Guilherme Jorge‘s courses.
Nineteen-year-old Mimi Gochman (USA) scored her best 5* grand prix placing to date with a third-place podium appearance riding Cosmos BH.
Major League Show Jumping (MLSJ) action heads east next week to Ottawa, Canada’s capital city and the fourth leg of The League. To view a complete schedule, click here.
Final Results – $250,000 Kubota Grand Prix CSI 5*
1) Kent Farrington (USA) & Toulayna – 0 / 0 – 37.26
2) Santiago Lambre (BRA) & Chacco Blue II – 0 / 0 – 39.10
3) Mimi Gochman (USA) & Cosmos BH – 0 / 0 – 39.75
Source: Press Release from Major League Show Jumping
Photos: © Major League Show Jumping / Angelstone Events / Mackenzie Clark / Atalya Boytner