Wellington, Florida, USA – April 16, 2022 – It was a picture-perfect day on the derby field for the $140,000 Bainbridge Companies Grand Prix CSI 3* on Saturday, April 16. The highlight class of the second week of the 2022 ESP Spring Series saw a starting order of 36 elite contenders test the opening track set by American course designer Ken Krome (USA). In an exciting jump-off round, Olympic team silver medalist Kent Farrington (USA) and Orafina soared straight to the top of the leaderboard to claim the coveted prize and the lion’s share of the prize money.
The class showcased an international field of entries representing 17 countries, including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ireland, Japan, Lebanon, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland, Puerto Rico, Spain, the United States, and Venezuela. Krome created a pattern of 13 obstacles in the first round, which ultimately saw eight partnerships leave all the rails in their cups to advance to the jump-off.
The first pair to test the jump-off, Carly Anthony (USA) and Portfolio Horses’ Jet Blue, placed a clear round over the shortened course, setting the time to beat at 40.07 seconds, which would land them in fifth place. Darragh Kerins (IRL) was the next rider to go clear but stopped the clock two-tenths of a second behind Anthony’s time for sixth place.
Fifth in the jump-off-order, Farrington (USA) and Orafina, owned by Kent Farrington LLC, flew through the course, slicing nearly five seconds off Anthony’s leading time. Hector Florentino Roca (DOM), Gonzalo Busca (ESP), and Santiago Lambre (BRA) followed Farrington on the field but couldn’t catch his time, solidifying Farrington and Orafina as the winners of the $140,000 Bainbridge Companies Grand Prix CSI 3*, with a winning time of 35.77 seconds.
“I have now had Orafina for almost two years. I really think a lot of her. She was quite green when I first started riding her. She is exceptionally careful and is really fast, so she is my kind of horse. I am excited about her future,” shared Farrington of the 2012 KWPN mare by For Fashion x Corofina. “Going into an impressive venue like the field here is always a challenge for greener horses like her, especially after jumping a bunch of rounds on the sand. However, I think the footing here is great, and it is a great opportunity to build up a horse on a grass ring.”
On his plans for the future with Orafina, Farrington shared that he will continue to bring her along in competition. “I thought she stepped up this past winter circuit and had some great results. She surprised me in a good way when she was able to jump in a five-star grand prix. She almost won one of them,” he remarked. “I am in a phase where I am building up some younger grand prix horses. My older grand prix horses are winding down their careers as my young ones are building up to that level. So, I am hoping that she will be a part of that team.”
Santiago Lambre (BRA) finished the day in second place aboard NRG Farm’s Chacco Blue II, a 2007 Oldenberg stallion (Chacco Blue x Cincaba Rouge), completing his speedy jump-off at 36.76 seconds.
Florentino Roca (DOM) and Wyndmont’s ABC Quantum Cruise, the 2009 Irish Sport Horse gelding by Obos Quality x Cruising, secured third place as they crossed the timers at 38.21 seconds.
Chairman and CEO of The Bainbridge Companies, LLC, Richard Schechter was also present at the class. “Wellington is a very special place with an incredible equestrian community that brings people from the hunter/jumper world, the dressage world, and the polo world together. I’m especially involved in the hunter/jumper world, and because I live here year-round, I want to make sure that this sport expands and continues to grow here in Wellington. I’m very excited that the new partnership seems to want to expand the show season, and I’m very much in favor of that,” he remarked.
Final Results – $140,000 Bainbridge Companies Grand Prix CSI 3*
1) Kent Farrington (USA) & Orafina – 0 / 0 – 35.77
2) Santiago Lambre (BRA) & Chacco Blue Ii – 0 / 0 – 36.76
3) Hector Florentino Roca (DOM) & Abc Quantum Cruise – 0 / 0 – 38.21
Source: Press Release from ESP Equestrian Sports Productions I Wellington International
Photos: © Sportfot
Categories: CSI 3*