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 include 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. The pair 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 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 Uceko, Farrington had found a star. 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 had 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 $32,000 Cargill Cup on Venus and the $32,000 Duncan Ross Cup on Voyeur during the CSI4* 'Canada One' CSI4* Tournament. He also finished second on Uceko in the $60,000 Akita Drilling Cup.
Uceko (Photo by Cealy Tetley)
In July, Farrington traveled to Europe with his string, taking third in a CSI5* class at Chantilly on Venus. He then finished second on Venus in a CSI5* class and fourth in a CSI3* class on Voyeur in Beervelde, Belgium. Venus and Voyeur again brought home the ribbons in Spain at the CSI4* Coruna when Venus finished second and Voyeur finished fourth in two CSI4* classes.
In the late summer, Farrington returned to the U.S. in top form, winning the $250,000 FTI Grand Prix & FEI World Cup Qualifier with Voyeur and finishing second in the $50,000 Spy Coast Farm/YHS Grand Prix Qualifier-CSI 4* with Venus at the Hampton Classic. He next traveled to Spruce Meadows for the CSIO5* 'Masters' Tournament and won the $100,000 Encana Cup with Uceko. His success continued as he finished second in the $200,000 American Gold Cup with Voyeur.
Farrington maintained his top form into the fall at the indoor competitions, winning the $85,000 FEI World Cup Qualifier Prix de Penn National with Uceko. At the Washington International Horse Show (WIHS), he and Zafira finished third in the $32,000 Open Jumper 1.50M class. Farrington scored another third-place finish at the Alltech National Horse Show in the $75,000 Open Jumper 1.50M class with Venus.
He kicked things off in 2013 in a big way by scoring top honors at the $100,000 Trump Invitational CSI2* Grand Prix with Dynamo. During week six of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF), Farrington tied for first place with both Zafira and Blue Angel in the $50,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Round 6. He was a member of the Gold-medal winning U.S. team in the $75,000 FEI Nations Cup CSIO4* presented by G&C Farm with Uceko and also took top honors in the $150,000 CSIO4* Grand Prix presented by Wellington Equestrian Realty with Blue Angel.
Farrington continued with his winning ways into the spring season. He and Venus won the Hagyard Lexington Classic at the Kentucky Spring Classic. At the CSI5*-W 'National' Tournament at Spruce Meadows Farrington had a fantastic week, winning the $400,000 CN Reliability Grand Prix World Cup Qualifier with Uceko and the $33,000 ATB Financial Cup with Blue Angel. A month later at Spruce Meadows, he claimed another top prize in the $35,000 G&C Farm Cup with Zafira.
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 $250,000 FTI Consulting Grand Prix and World Cup Qualifier CSI4* with Zafira. A week later at the CSIO5* 'Masters' Tournament at Spruce Meadows, Farrington and Blue Angel earned top honors in the $125,000 Suncor Energy Cup - Winning Round and the $50,000 Akita Drilling Cup. With Willow, he scored another win at in the $50,000 Hermès Classic CSI4* at the American Gold Cup. The pair earned another win at The Kentucky National Horse Show in the $75,000 Hagyard Equine Medical Institute "The Betsy." Farrington and Blue Angel added yet another win to their resume, earning top honors in the New Albany Classic Invitational Grand Prix CSI2*.
During the fall of 2013, Farrington and his string of horses didn't slow down. He finished second with Willow in the $40,000 PA Big Jump and third in the $85,000 Prix de Penn National FEI World Cup Qualifier with Uceko at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show. At the WIHS he and Blue Angel came out on top in the $125,000 President's Cup Grand Prix CSI3*-W presented by Events DC, as well as the $33,000 Open Jumper class, earning Farrington the Leading Open Jumper Rider Award. At the Alltech National Horse Show, the pair won the $50,000 Open Speed class.
At the end of 2013, Farrington traveled to Europe's indoor competitions. At the Gucci Masters, he and Blue Angel finished second in the Prix Salon du Cheval-Ceneca CSI5*. At the CSI5* Genvea, Farrington earned top honors in the Credit Suisse Grand Prix with Willow and Champions' Challenge with Blue Angel.
Farrington began 2014 on a high note winning the $125,000 CSI2* Trump Invitational presented by Rolex with Blue Angel. During week three of FTI WEF, he and Willow finished second in the $34,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Round III. Three weeks later, Farrington and Blue Angel won the $84,000 Salamander Hotels & Resorts CSI3* and the $34,000 CSI3* Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Round VI. During week seven of FTI WEF, he and Willow earned second place in the $125,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Round VII. Just two weeks later, he won the $125,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Round IX with Voyeur.
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, N.Y.
Farrington runs a very successful teaching and training business.