Kent Farrington and Greya Give it Their All in $50,000 Palm Beach Equine Clinic Grand Prix
The third week of the 2023 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) saw national level jumper competition peak on Saturday night during the $50,000 Palm Beach Equine Clinic Grand Prix. WEF 2, presented by Florida Coast Equipment, went under the lights at Wellington International for a win that went to Kent Farrington (USA) aboard the rising star, Greya.
Besting the field of 44 in a time of 37.756 seconds over a track designed by Catsy Cruz (MEX), Farrington topped a seven-horse jump-off from the lead-off position. Farrington, a U.S. Olympic team silver medalist, is currently ranked 18th on the FEI world rankings.
A tight time-allowed was a factor in the outcome for several riders as only time faults on the clock kept two from advancing to the short course. Top young Canadian Sam Walker ensured that the evening would have a jump-off aboard Amy Mason’s 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare Equine America Ivanhoe GPH. Olympic champion Ben Maher (GBR) produced one final clear before the halfway drag with a fault-free round on Charlotte Rossetter and Pamela Wright’s Enjeu De Grisien. Four more competitors added their names to the jump-off order in the class’ second half including Ireland’s Bertram Allen and Belgium’s Jos Verlooy.
As the first to return, Farrington and his nine-year-old Oldenburg mare (Colestus x Contender) immediately set forth a challenge for the remaining contestants with all rails still in the cups on a seemingly uncatchable time.
Posting the second-fastest double-clear effort was Maher and the nine-year-old Selle Français gelding (Toulon x Andiamo) as they finished just behind Farrington with a time of 38.835 seconds. Verlooy rounded out the victory gallop aboard Eurohorse BVBA’s ten-year-old Belgian Warmblood stallion Nixon Van’t Muelenhof (Denzel vt Meulenhof x Carthago).
Top sport at Wellington International will resume Sunday as WEF 2 comes to a close with the featured CHF140,000 Florida Coast Equipment CSI3* Grand Prix at the Equestrian Village derby field. For a full list of results from Saturday Night Lights, click here.
Top Five Results: $50,000 Palm Beach Equine Clinic Grand Prix
1.Kent Farrington (USA) & Greya: 2014 Oldenburg mare (Colestus x Contender)
Owner: Kent Farrington, LLC.
2.Ben Maher (GBR) & Enjeu De Grisien: 2014 Selle Français gelding (Toulon x Andiamo)
Owner: Charlotte Rossetter and Pamela Wright
3.Jos Verlooy (BEL) & Nixon Van’t Meulenhof: 2013 Belgian Warmblood stallion (Denzel vt Meulenhof x Carthago)
Owner: Eurohorse BVBA
4.Sam Walker (CAN) & Equine America Ivanhoe GPH: 2013 KWPN gelding (Marome MW x Indorado)
Owner: Amy Mason
5.Bertram Allen (IRL) & Edison De Hus: 2014 Selle Français gelding (Conrad x Galoubet du Rouet)
Owner: Ballywater Stables
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Kent Farrington & Greya, winners of the $50,000 Palm Beach Equine Clinic Grand Prix. Photo © Sportfot