Born: December 28, 1980
Hometown: Wellington, Florida
Kent Farrington and Voyeur (FEI/Arnd Bronkhorst/Pool Pic)
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 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 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. 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, 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. 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 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.
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. 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.
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. 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. At the Washington International Horse Show, 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.
Farrington began 2014 on a high note, winning the $125,000 CSI2* Trump Invitational presented by Rolex with Blue Angel. In February, Farrington and Blue Angel won the $84,000 Salamander Hotels & Resorts CSI3* and the $34,000 CSI3* Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Round VI. On week nine of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival, he won the $125,000 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 head into the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games after winning the Prize of Europe at CSIO5* Aachen before placing second in the Rolex Grand Prix of Aachen.
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.