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Medal-winning mare retires to ‘inexperienced pastures and sunshine’


  • Olympic showjumper Kent Farrington has paid tribute to his grand prix-winning famous person Gazelle, as she retires to a lifetime of “inexperienced pastures and sunshine”.

    Robin Parsky’s 17-year-old Belgian-bred mare was given an official send-off on Saturday night (11 February), throughout the Constancy Investments grand prix on the Winter Equestrian Competition at Wellington Worldwide, Florida.

    Kent and Gazelle’s achievements included successful the Aachen grand prix in 2019, the Geneva grand prix in 2017 and the Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Spruce Meadows in 2016 and 2017. Additionally they received the Constancy Investments grand prix at Wellington in 2017, “making Saturday a poetically acceptable night to have a good time the mare’s successes and wholesome retirement”.

    “After 10 years of extraordinary accomplishments on the most prestigious showjumping occasions on the planet, it was a tough choice for Kent and me to have Gazelle depart her sporting profession,” Ms Parsky mentioned. “However I’m delighted to report that she is in terrific situation, and she or he can be heading for a well-deserved lifetime of inexperienced pastures and sunshine.

    “Kent and I had an excellent expertise right here in 2017 when Gazelle received the Constancy [Investments] grand prix, so we determined that we’d let her retire on the high of her recreation right here. To have the ability to have her followers thank her and understand how a lot we admire her, that’s what we needed. Thanks to all of Wellington and everybody right here at WEF for serving to us do that great tribute to an unimaginable horse.”

    Gazelle received over $4m throughout her illustrious profession, which additionally included successful workforce bronze for the US on the 2015 Pan Am Video games. She was named worldwide horse of the yr by US Equestrian in 2020.

    “I’m clearly very happy with her outcomes,” mentioned Kent. “Thanks to Robin and my workforce and all of the individuals who have been part of her journey. She made me a greater rider and a greater horseman, and for that I’m in all probability probably the most grateful.”

    A spokesman for Wellington added: “The complete workforce at Wellington Worldwide needs Gazelle a collective congratulations on an distinctive sport profession and expresses their honest thanks for all of the thrilling moments.”

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