U.S. Olympic team silver medalist Kent Farrington and Creedance did what they do best by galloping full tilt to win the $214,000 Marshall & Sterling / Great American Insurance Group Grand Prix CSI4* in the Global Ring at Equestrian Village (home to the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival) on Saturday, February 1, 2020.
Kent Farrington and Creedance. Photo ® Sportfot
From a starting field of 39 horses, 11 advanced to the tie-breaking jump-off set by Brazilian course designer Anderson Lima. After pocketing a grand prix win earlier in the season, Mexico’s Santiago Lambre was poised for a repeat before Farrington and Creedance charged into the ring. Farrington utilized the 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding’s exceptional speed to steal the lead by just under half of a second.
“Creedance is an exceptional horse; he’s naturally so fast and such a winner,” said Farrington of his mount (Lord Z x Notaris). “He’s unbelievably careful and at the same time very brave. He delivered like he usually does, and I was very proud of him today.
Kent Farrington, Santiago Lambre, and Jessica Springsteen on the grand prix podium with (left to right) winning owner Haity McNerney; Wellington Mayor Anne Gerwig; and Marshall & Sterling / Great American Insurance Group representatives, including Equine Mortality Agent Lindsey Williamson, Equine Mortality Agent Amelia Stasny O’Neill, Vice President & Director Don Graves, Assistant Vice President Missy Sullivan, and Operations Manager Elizabeth MacWilliam; and ringmaster Steve Rector. Photo ® Sportfot
“I try to show him where he likes and not overuse him in places where I don’t think he needs to jump,” continued Farrington on how he manages Creedance’s schedule together with co-owner Haity McNerney. “I try every winter when I’m here to pick a few weeks where he comes out. The caliber of horses here is very high, and that’s why I think you saw such a strong result from a lot of people today.”
Farrington’s time of 34.07 seconds eclipsed Lambre’s 34.52-second finish, bumping the WEF two grand prix winner to runner-up.
“Cetano’s getting better and better, and he’s improved in the last year,” said Lambre of his 11-year-old Zangersheide gelding (Clinton x Ahorn Z). “Last year, he couldn’t go as fast, but now the rideability is much better. I always try to win, and today, he did a great job. After me, there were very fast riders. I’m very happy with second place.”
Santiago Lambre and Cetano van Aspergem Z. Photo ® Sportfot
Rounding out the podium, home rider Jessica Springsteen (USA), stopped the jump-off clock at 35.41 seconds riding Volage du Val Henry for third place. Springsteen also earned the Martha W. Jolicoeur Leading Lady Rider Award for her consistency in both the grand prix and the WEF Challenge Cup earlier in the week.
“She’s been in such good shape these past couple months,” said Springsteen of Volage du Val Henry, an 11-year-old Selle Français mare (Quidam de Revel x Cassini I) owned by Stone Hill Farm. “She was great on Thursday. I thought I was pretty quick, and I ended up sixth. So today, I wanted to go for it a little bit more. We still weren’t quite fast enough, but she’s such a talented horse. I love riding her.”
Jessica Springsteen and Volage du Val Henry. Photo ® Sportfot
Fellow U.S. rider Katie Dinan finished fourth on a jump-off time of 37.63 seconds riding Dougie Douglas for owners Grant Road Partners LLC, and Alberto Michan (ISR) rounded out the top five after being the first clear over the opening track. Michan piloted 10-year-old Oldenburg mare Cosa Nostra for owner Daniel Michan.
Final Results $214,000 Marshall & Sterling / Great American Insurance Group Grand Prix CSI4*
1 CREEDANCE: 2007 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Lord Z x Notaris
KENT FARRINGTON (USA), Kent Farrington & Haity McNerney: 0/0/34.07
2 CETANO VAN ASPERGEM Z: 2009 Zangersheide gelding Clinton x Ahorn Z
SANTIAGO LAMBRE (MEX), Santiago Lambre: 0/0/34.52
3 VOLAGE DU VAL HENRY: 2009 Selle Français mare by Quidam de Revel x Cassini I
JESSICA SPRINGSTEEN (USA), Stone Hill Farm: 0/0/35.41
4 DOUGIE DOUGLAS: 2005 Irish Sport Horse gelding by VDL Douglas x High Roller
KATHERINE DINAN (USA), Grant Road Partners LLC: 0/0/37.63
5 COSA NOSTRA: 2010 Oldenburg mare by Conthargos x Quintender
ALBERTO MICHAN (ISR), Daniel Michan: 0/0/37.84
6 LUIBANTA BH: 2008 Irish Sport Horse mare by Luidam x Abantos
AMANDA DERBYSHIRE (GBR), Gochman Sport Horses: 0/4/34.84
7 BULL RUN’S RISEN: 2006 KWPN gelding by Utopie x Indoctro
KRISTEN VANDERVEEN (USA), Bull Run Jumpers, Inc: 0/4/35.63
8 MAGNOLIA MYSTIC ROSE: 2009 BH mare
EDUARDO MENEZES (BRA), Haras Mystic Rose: 0/4/37.44
9 GK CASPER: 2008 Holsteiner gelding by Canto 16 x Quantum
BERTRAM ALLEN (IRL), Ballywalter Stables: 0/4/38.21
10 SILVER SHINE: 2009 Oldenburg gelding by Califax x Balou du Rouet
MARTIN FUCHS (SUI), Willow Grace Farm: 0/8/39.61
11 ENTANO: 2009 KWPN gelding by Namelus R x Numero Uno
DANIEL BLUMAN (ISR), Over The Top Stables LLC: 0/8/43.23
12 CACHAREL: 2007 KWPN mare by Vingino x Clinton
KELLY SOLEAU-MILLAR (USA), Bridge Brook Arms and Donna Vanderwoude-Dymant: 1/79.03