The stars of Rio were back in action this past weekend, and no one was in better form than Kent Farrington. Fresh of his fifth place finish at the Olympic Games, Kent appeared to be composed but absolutely battle ready in St. Moritz, Switzerland this weekend for the Longines CSI5* Tour.
He won a warm-up Grand Prix title on Saturday aboard his long favored mare, Gazelle, beating out ten other riders in the jump-off to claim the 1.5 meter Notenstein La Roche Private Banking Grand Prix.
On Sunday, Kent returned to the ring set in the majestic Swiss Alps for the finale class, the Longines Grand Prix of St. Moritz. This time he was aboard Creedance, a striking nine-year-old chestnut Dutch Warmblood and they ruled the rounds from start to finish. Again, ten horses qualified for the jump-off, and again Kent’s tight lines and brilliant striding set his talented gelding up for the fastest time, taking the jump-off in a blazing 39.56 seconds.
American Laura Kraut placed 11th in this class as well aboard Rio reserve horse Zeremonie, just missing the jump-off with no jump faults and a single time penalty. Lauren Hough and Cornet 39 were 21st with four faults, and Katherine Dinan was 39th with 12 faults.
Notenstein La Roche Private Banking Grand Prix Top Ten: