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The Rolex Grand Prix goes to Kent Farrington

Sports Equestres10/12/2017CHI Geneve 2017 Stefan Edberg, Sophie Mottu Morel, Alban Poudret, Joel Aeschlimann, Sir Jackie Stewart and FARRINGTON Kent (USA) riding Gazelle during the CHI of Geneva 2017 CHI Geneve 2017 Stefan Edberg, Sophie Mottu Morel, Alban Poudret, Joel Aeschlimann, Sir Jackie Stewart and FARRINGTON Kent (USA) riding Gazelle during the CHI of Geneva 2017

He was missing just that title!

At the end of an exciting and highly selective competition, the American Kent Farrington won the Rolex Grand Slam Grand Prix for the first time and at the same time won his first major title.

Roger-Yves Bost announced it already during the course inspection: The course created by the course designers would lead to mistakes, and the riders would have to put in all their skills to stay without faults and in time. And one had to wait until the start number 13, Pedro Veniss and his brilliant Quabri de l'Isle, before a first perfect round could be noticed. Unfortunately, the defending champion was not able to stay within the time allowed... and that meant for the Brazilian no qualification for the jump-off. Just like Laura Kraut, who got one point for two hundredths over the time allowed!

Despite the high level of the riders and the quality of their horses, it had to be awaited more than half of the starting field before the first clear round was performed, achieved by Harrie Smolders in the saddle of his brilliant Don VHP. Shortly thereafter followed by Henrik von Eckermann (Mary Lou 194) and Gregory Wathelet on Corée, the winning pair of the Rolex Grand Prix in Aachen this year. For the many spectators who had come to the sold-out Palexpo to witness this great spectacle, a high-profile jump-off was apparent. At the end of the first round, the winner of the Credit Suisse Grand Prix on Friday, Kent Farrington, as well as the European team champion Cian O'Connor also qualified. A barrage with five riders, and all of them famous one’s!

Harrie Smolders, starting in first to the jump-off, did not take all the risks, and was immediately beaten by the following Henrik von Eckermann. The Belgian Wathelet finished the barrage two tenths of a second behind the Swede. Next came the world No. 1, Kent Farrington. The American is known as always very fast, no matter which horse he rides! In the saddle of Gazelle he showed once again that he knew how to master the art of combining performance and speed excellently. Kent Farrington benefited from a mistake of Cian O'Connor and “finally" won the Rolex Grand Prix of Geneva, having won almost every other main competition at the CHIG in recent years at least once. And of course, he is as well now looking forward to the next stages of the Rolex Grand Slam, starting with 's-Hertogenbosch next spring.

For the Swiss riders, unfortunately, things did not turn out as wished. Steve Guerdat and Bianca faulting at of one of the biggest challenges of the course, the last effort with a double vertical. Martin Fuchs and Clooney also had one down. An outstanding performance, however, showed the young Bryan Balsiger and his Clouzot, who made an exploit and who, with only a slight touch at the plank vertical, could classify in this Rolex Grand Prix!

Comparaison des parcours de Kent Farrington et Henrik von Eckermann

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