Kent Farrington and Orafina ©Lisa Thomas Dufresne for TIEC.
Mill Spring, NC – October 22, 2022 – Kent Farrington (USA) and Kent Farrington LLC’s Orafina had been victorious within the $139,000 Horseware Eire Grand Prix CSI 3* with a time of 39.06 seconds. Luiz Francisco De Azevedo (BRA) and Eurohorse BVBA’s Nashville (Diamant De Semilly x Darco), the 2013 Belgian Warmblood gelding, took the second place place with a time of 39.39 seconds. Rounding out the rostrum was Maria Gabriela Brugal Gasso (DOM) and BG Stables LLC’s J’Adore Flamenco, the 2012 Anglo-Arab gelding (Je T’aime Flamenco x Corofino 2), with a time of 41.69 seconds.
Thirty-three entries contested Michel Vaillancourt’s (CAN) course, with seven pairs advancing to the quick course. Farrington and the 2012 Dutch Warmblood mare Orafina (For Style x Canturo) had been in a position to produce a spherical that couldn’t be bested, regardless of some communication points within the first spherical, he recapped.
“I attempted a brand new bridle immediately. It felt nice within the follow class, after which as quickly as I went over primary, I knew that I used to be in bother and it was going to be a great distance across the ring. We managed to get by the primary spherical, after which I modified the tools just a little bit for the leap off, and it was so significantly better.
“She’s an unimaginable horse,” Farrington described. “She’s lightning quick and she or he’s unbelievably cautious. The toughest half is simply the management, in order that’s my limitation proper now. If I can get the management, I feel she will likely be a prime horse on the planet. Proper now I’m nonetheless managing the controls, so I’ve been shifting up and down in my courses. We’ll see how far I get, however on days when she’s good, it feels nice.”
Orafina and Farrington have been fairly a profitable mixture, at present rating sixth within the FEI World Rankings as a pair. “I received her from Leon Thijssen. I’ve accomplished enterprise with him for over 20 years. He mentioned, ‘I feel this horse could possibly be nice, however she may be very troublesome, and she or he wants a selected trip and will likely be onerous to coach. But when you can also make her go properly, I feel she could be distinctive.’”
Farrington has competed at TIEC persistently for the previous few years, saying, “The ability right here is nice, particularly with the upgraded footing a pair years in the past. By way of a showjumping venue, I feel it’s nice.”
Main Woman Maria Gabriela Brugal Gasso was given the Main Woman Award, introduced by Marthaler Jewelers, because the highest-placing feminine rider within the Grand Prix. With a younger – and considerably nervous – horse beneath her, Brugal Gasso was thrilled to succeed in the rostrum and much more overwhelmed on the present she obtained from the presenting sponsors.
“I’ve no phrases. I don’t know what to say! I’m simply very grateful,” Brugal Gasso emphasised. “In my eyes, my horse was the most effective one in there. We gave it our greatest shot. And immediately, it was adequate for lots of issues. That is his final present of the season, so I feel he knew it mattered. I really like my horse!”
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