2018 Winter Equestrian Festival - January 10 - April 1, 2018 - 26
WHO TO WATCH: SHOW JUMPING RIDERS
WHO TO WATCH:
Show Jumping Riders
Farrington's success continued into 2016. He won the
prestigious ATCO Queen Elizabeth II Cup in Spruce
Meadows aboard Gazelle and represented the USA on
Nations Cup teams in Aachen, Rotterdam, and Rome.
Farrington and Voyeur jumped for the USA at the 2016
Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, where the team
earned the Silver medal.
Farrington rang in the 2017 with another string of
impressive wins. In May, Farrington climbed to World
Number 1 on the World Rankings List. As of December
2017, Farrington had remained in this spot for eight
consecutive months. Throughout the year, his mount
Gazelle was consistently on top, winning the ATCO
Queen Elizabeth II Cup for the second year in a row, in
addition to CSI 5* Grand Prix wins in Wellington, Madrid,
Valence, and Tryon. In total, Farrington led the victory
gallop 22 times in 2017. He begins the 2018 season as a
force to be reckoned with.
KENT FARRINGTON (USA)
Kent Farrington began riding at the age of eight
with great success as a young rider before turning
professional in 1999 after an illustrious junior career,
and quickly made his way to the top ranks of the sport
shortly there after.
In 2011, Farrington rode Uceko to victory in the King
George V Gold Cup at the CSIO 5* Hickstead before
going on to represent Team USA at the 2011 Pan
American Games where he helped to secure the Team
Gold medal. Farrington continued to collect numerous
CSI 4* and CSI 5* wins all over the world, earning himself
a spot on Team USA at the 2014 Alltech FEI World
Equestrian Games™, where he helped the team earn the
Bronze medal. In 2015, Farrington and Gazelle helped
Team USA jump to the Bronze medal in the 2015 Pan
American Games and finished 2015 as the first American
rider to win the Rolex International Jumping Riders Club
Rolex Top Ten Final in Geneva, Switzerland.
2018 WINTER EQUESTRIAN FESTIVAL
MCLAIN WARD (USA)
McLain Ward is a household name in the sport of
American show jumping. He has represented Team
USA at 17 FEI World Cup Jumping Finals, four Olympic
Games, three FEI World Equestrian Games™, and on
countless Nations Cup teams.
At only 19, Ward became the youngest rider ever to
pass the $1 million dollar mark in Grand Prix winnings.