Born: December 28, 1980
Hometown: Wellington, Florida
Most Recent Highlights:
Kent Farrington and Voyeur (FEI/Arnd Bronkhorst/Pool Pic)
Winner of the $400,000 RBC Grand Prix, Presented by Rolex during the CSI5* Spruce Meadows 'National' Tournament
Winner of the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix presented by H&M at GCT Hamburg CSI5*
Team Bronze medal at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games
As a talented young equitation rider, Kent 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. In 2001, he was named the winner of the Maxine Beard Award, given to an individual based on their potential to represent the United States in international competition.
In 2007, Farrington and Up Chiqui won the Rolex/USEF National Show Jumping Championships, capping off a year where they were nearly invincible.
With Uceko, Farrington found much success. 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. In April of 2011, Farrington and Uceko collected top honors in the $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational. 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 CSIO5* 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 in 2012, Farrington won the FTI Grand Prix with Voyeur at the Hampton Classic. The pair next traveled to Spruce Meadows for the CSIO5* 'Masters' Tournament and won the Encana Cup. His success continued as he finished second in the American Gold Cup with Voyeur.
He kicked things off in 2013 in a big way by scoring top honors at the Trump Invitational Grand Prix with Dynamo. During CSIO Wellington, he was a member of the winning U.S. team in the FEI Nations Cup CSIO4* presented by G&C Farm with Uceko and also took top honors in the CSIO4* Grand Prix presented by Wellington Equestrian Realty with Blue Angel.
Traveling to Europe for the summer, Farrington scored two huge wins. At the La Coruña CSI4* in Spain, he and Voyeur won the Telefonica Grand Prix. At the CSIO5* Dublin, Farrington and Blue Angel won the JLT Dublin Stakes one day after helping the U.S. team to a third-place finish in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup presented by Longines.
Returning to North America, his winning streak continued. At the Hampton Classic, he won the FTI Consulting Grand Prix with Zafira. A week later at the CSIO5* 'Masters' Tournament at Spruce Meadows, Farrington and Blue Angel earned top honors in the Suncor Energy Cup and the Akita Drilling Cup.
During the fall of 2013, Farrington and his string of horses didn't slow down. At the Washington International Horse Show, he and Blue Angel came out on top in the President's Cup Grand Prix CSI3*-W presented by Events DC, as well as an Open Jumper class, earning Farrington the Leading Open Jumper Rider Award.
Farrington began 2014 on a high note, winning the Trump Invitational presented by Rolex with Blue Angel. In February, Farrington and Blue Angel won the Salamander Hotels & Resorts Grand Prix and the Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Round VI. During week nine of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), he won the Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Round IX with Voyeur.
In April, Farrington traveled to Lyon, France for the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Final, where he won the second leg of competition with Voyeur. Farrington had continued success in Europe, winning the MAG-JLY Small Grand Prix at CSIO5* Rome with Blue Angel in May before winning the Prix SBM Le Casino with Willow at CSI5* Monaco. Farrington then headed back to North America to compete at Spruce Meadows, where he won the prestigious ATCO Power Queen Elizabeth II Cup with Voyeur and the Pan American Cup presented by Rolex with Uceko.
Farrington and Voyeur won the Prize of Europe at CSIO5* Aachen and placed second in the Rolex Grand Prix of Aachen, prior to heading to the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, where they helped the U.S. to a Team Bronze medal.
Kent Farrington and Gazelle (Kenneth Kraus/PhelpsSports)
In 2015, Farrington has again started his season at the WEF, where he won the $85,000 Salamander Hotels & Resorts Grand Prix with Blue Angel for the second consectutive year. He won the $85,000 Suncast 1.50M Classic during weeks seven and 11 of the WEF with Waomi and during week nine with Willow. With Gazelle, Farrington was second in week 11's $127,000 Engel & Volkers CSI4* Grand Prix.
Making several stops on the Global Champions Tour, Farrington started in Antwerp, finishing second in a CSI5* class with Willow. In Shanghai, he won two CSI5* classes with Blue Angel and one with Waomi. Farrington rode Voyeur to the win in the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix presented by H&M and won a CSI5* class with Belle Fleur 8 in Hamburg. He had other top performances in Europe during the spring, including wins with Cha Cha Cha 7 and Waomi at CSIO5* Rome and a fifth-place finish with Voyeur in the Rolex Grand Prix of Aachen at the World Equestrian Festival.
Heading next to Spruce Meadows, Farrington and Voyeur won the $400,000 RBC Grand Prix, Presented by Rolex during the CSI5* 'National' Tournament. The following week at CSI5* 'Continental' Tournament, he and Gazelle won the $126,000 Scotiabank Cup.