Born: December 28, 1980
Hometown: Wellington, Florida
Farrington and Up Chiqui at the 2009 Rolex/FEI World Cup Final (Shannon Brinkman Photo)
Kent Farrington’s success has spanned more than a decade. In 2001, he was named the winner of the Maxine Beard Award given to an individual based on his potential to represent the United States in international competition.
Farrington and Up Chiqui won more than 20 Grand Prix classes since 2005. The pair represented the U.S. twice in 2008, once in the FEI World Cup Finals in Sweden and again in the winning Nations Cup effort at CSIO Wellington.
The pair also won the Rolex/USEF National Show Jumping Championships in 2007, capping off a year where they were nearly invincible.
A small, but lightning-fast horse, Up Chiqui's 2009 accomplishments incude tying for the win in the $75,000 World Cup Qualifier in Tampa at the end of March, stamping his ticket to Las Vegas for the Rolex/FEI World Cup Final. They won four FEI World Cup Qualifiers in 2009 and Kent won the East Coast League to earn Up Chiqui his second trip to the Rolex/FEI World Cup Final in 2009.
In the summer of 2009, the Kentucky Horse Park proved to be a very lucrative place for Farrington. He and Up Chiqui won both the $30,000 KHJA Grand Prix and the $30,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic. In addition, Farrington was second with Uceko in the $40,000 Kentucky Summer Grand Prix.
With the Dutch Warmblood gelding, Uceko, Farrington has found a star for the future. In February of 2010, this pair was fifth in the first USEF Selection Trial for the U.S. Show Jumping Team for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.
Uceko (Photo by Cealy Tetley)
Uceko made a strong start to the 2011 season, collecting second-place honors in the $100,000 Deluca Toyota Tundra Grand Prix. In April, Farrington collected one of the largest victories of his career with Uceko claiming victory among a star-studded field in the $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational.
In the summer of 2011, Farrington and Uceko collected wins both stateside and abroad. They earned a pair of wins in Kentucky, where they topped the field in the $55,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix and the $55,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix. On his first tour of Europe with the U.S. Team, Farrington and Uceko won the prestigious Longines King George V Gold Cup at the CSIO Hickstead.
Farrington and Uceko were also part of the Gold Medal-winning U.S. team at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Partnering again with Uceko, Farrington finished sixth in the 2012 USEF Selection Trials for the U.S. Show Jumping Team with clear rounds in the first and fourth Trials.
Farrington and Uceko traveled to Spruce Meadows in June for a 2012 U.S. Show Jumping Observation Event, finishing second in the $200,000 CN Performance Grand Prix. A few weeks later, Farrington won the Cargill Cup on Venus and the Duncan Ross Cup on Voyeur, he also finished second on Uceko in the Akita Drilling Cup. In July, Farrington traveled to Europe with his string, taking third in the CSI5* at Chantilly on Venus. He then finished second on Venus in the CSI5* and fourth in the CSI3* on Voyeur in Belgium at the Beervelde event. Venus and Voyeur again brought home the ribbons in Spain at the CSI4* Coruna when Venus finished second and Voyeur finished fourth in different classes at the event.
As a talented young equitation rider Farrington won the Pessoa/AHSA National Hunter Seat Equitation Medal Final in 1998 and the Washington International Equitation Medal in 1999. He then climbed another notch when his team won the Gold medal at the North American Young Riders’ Championship in 1999. Farrington’s first major win was on Madison in 2004 at the $75,000 EMO Grand Prix in Saugerties, NY.
Farrington runs a very successful teaching and training business.