In a close finish, Kent Farrington (USA) and Kaprice secured victory in the $137,000 EquiSafe Global Grand Prix CSI 3* at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), stopping the jump-off timers at 39.477 seconds. Nicole Shahinian-Simpson (USA) and Akuna Mattata, a 2008 Holsteiner mare (Quinar x Landwind II) owned by Carol Rosenstein and Silver Raven Farms, claimed second place with a clear jump-off score of 40.345 seconds, while Karen Polle (JPN) and her own With Wings, a 2003 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Larino x L.Ronald), sailed to third-place just milliseconds behind with a time of 40.695 seconds.
Kent Farrington on Kaprice. Photo by Sportfot.
Farrington and Kaprice, a 2010 Belgian Warmblood mare (Echo Van T Spieveld x Carthago) that Kent owns with Haity McNerney, bested a class of 37 entries and 10 jump-off contenders, sailing over jumps in the Ken Krome (USA)-designed course.
Farrington praised the mare on her growth in the sport: “Kaprice is an amazing horse. She’s an amazing athlete. You never worry whether she’s going to knock a rail down. As you can see in the ring, she’s very careful. She’s actually learned to jump a little bit lower because she used to jump so high over the fences. During these difficult times, I want to keep her getting as much experience as possible because she really needs it to become a Grand Prix horse. She’s not a horse who can go a year without jumping. We have to keep her going enough to get her to the big levels,” explained Farrington.
Nicole Shahinian-Simpson on Akuna Mattata. Photo by Sportfot.
Kaprice is “naturally fast” according to Farrington, who said he had to stick to his plan and keep her on track. “There were a bunch of rollbacks in there, and she actually got lost coming to the vertical. She didn’t put her eye on it, so I had to sit back and hope that she cleared it from a very awkward distance. She’s such an athlete, though, so she got away with it. I’m very proud. The owners, the McNerney family, have been longtime supporters of mine. They’ve been very patient in letting these horses grow up and helping get some good ones on the team. I really think we have a nice horse here with Kaprice!”
Karen Polle on With Wings. Photo by Sportfot.
Farrington is pleased to be back at TIEC and complimented the new, fully-engineered footing in the venue’s Tryon Stadium: “The footing feels great! It’s much better. It’s a little more loose and forgiving for the horses. I think that’s best. The closer you are to a natural ground like grass, the better. It feels good to get off the property, [too]. We’re lucky that we do a sport that’s outdoors, and we can practice safe social distancing and still continue on somewhat of a path.”
Kent Farrington on Kaprice in their presentation ceremony alongside TIEC President Sharon Decker, EquiSafe Global Territory Representative Eric Stokes, EquiSafe Global CEO James Roberts and wife Jessie Roberts. Photo by Sportfot.
For full class results, click here. The Tryon Summer Series concludes Sunday, July 19 with the $25,000 Sunday Classic. The Tryon August Series begins August 6 with three weeks of A-level national Hunter/Jumper competition.