World number one Kent Farrington offers to the spectators of the third edition of the Jumping International of Valence an epic end to the first week-end. The “Boss” wins the Grand Prix CSI5* Axeria / SFAM with his mare Gazelle after a breathtaking jump-off during which best riders of the world battled fiercely. The adventure of the 2017 edition is not yet over as the competition will be back next Thursday for the CSI3* / CSI2*.
Closing the first week-end of the Jumping International of Valence, the Grand Prix Axeria / SFAM was the most expected class of the week-end. Two French champions (Olivier Robert and Simon Delestre) were crowned in the past editions, this year, USA Kent Farrington, world number one, left no chance to his opponents and add his name to the Jumping International of Valence’s rankings. As he already won the early afternoon class with Baltic Star, the Prix MMA et SFAM, the unbeatable Kent Farrington, associated this time to Gazelle signs a new victory in the Grand Prix.
The pilot a yet once again proved that he was one of the fastest of the circuit thanks to an impressive jump-off where he brings down Shane Breen’s (IRL, 2nd in the Grand Prix) time by more than a second: “I think at the end of the ring I really used my horse’s strength just that she can keep running through the turn and never have to break. So I went wide to the penultimate vertical with speed and on the outside, and I was able to go fast on the last line without ever breaking her canter. I think that’s where I caught him”.
He wins before the Irish rider atop Laith, who went in the firsts and did a spectacular round: “When I jumped the vertical at the end of the arena, before the turn, I took a little bit of care and right there thought that I was wide from the fence I knew I had left the door open for the following riders and of obviously, the world number one closed it!”
The Irish rider still has done a great week-end and wins the best rider of the show’s title with a Mercedes-Benz convertible as a bonus. Fun fact: “Tomorrow [he] had plans to go to the Mercedes dealership and was going to have a look to buy a car because [he] have decided to change [his]. But now [he] don’t need to do that anymore!”
Olympic champion Eric Lamaze (CAN) completes the prestigious podium despite a little fear on the last fence with Coco Bongo. An amazing trio to conclude a weekend of top-level sport. The organizer, Sadri Fegaier, was thrilled to congratulate world number one and like every year, spectators have been there during the four days of competition: “For an event like this to work, a great atmosphere is required. The public was present, riders happy to be supported, all were satisfied with the result”.
Indeed, the winner of the day agreed: “It’s a world class venue, very beautiful. For riders and horses you can’t ask for better than this at a show and I hope that it goes long in the future. It’s important to have unique events like this one, with its own identity and which differs from the events we are used to. I’m here for the first time and I’m happy I made the trip”.
Here’s what should give the wish to come back next week for the rest of the adventure. 12 000 spectators had made the trip this weekend to watch the world’s best but the organizer promises, a lot of riders will still be there, just like Simon Delestre. The sport will be at the rendez-vousfor the CSI3*/CSI2* that will start on Tursday 24th and whose highlight, the Grand Prix Axeria / SFAM CSI2*, will take place on Sunday 27thafternoon.
Article Source: Press Release
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