Kent Farrington & Chato Lou Light Up to Win $10,000 Bainbridge Companies Open Stake

Wellington, Florida, USA – April 22, 2022 – A whopping 80 entries competed in the $10,000 Bainbridge Companies 1.40m Open Stake earlier in the day on the Derby Field. Though it was a National class, the contest attracted an international group of some of the world’s top talent, such as Farrington (USA), Shane Sweetnam (IRL), Erynn Ballard (CAN), and Jessica Springsteen (USA), among others. Just 13 duos from the original starting order advanced to the immediate jump-off, and a smaller number of nine completed the class without any faults.

No stranger to going fast, Farrington galloped Chato Lou, owned by McNerney and Amalaya Investments, to victory in a short-course time of 38.31 seconds, more than a full second than the next-closest finishers. Thanks to a double-clear time of 39.70 seconds, Ballard (CAN) and Esperanza Impors LLC’s Comedie De Talma nabbed second place, trailed by Sweetnam aboard Ashley Vogel’s Birdy Du Thot in 40.00 seconds flat to capture the final podium spot.

Week Three of the ESP Spring Series will continue through Sunday, April 24, culminating with the $140,000 Palm Beach County Sports Commission Grand Prix CSI3*. There will be a week-long break before Weeks Four and Five, which will both feature National “A” and Jumper 4* competition. Weeks Four and Five will run from May 5 to May 15, 2022.

Final Results – $10,000 Bainbridge Companies Open Stake

1) Kent Farrington (USA) & Chato Lou – 0 / 0 – 38.311

2) Erynn Ballard (CAN) & Comedie de Talma – 0 / 0 – 39.7

3) Shane Sweetnam (IRL) & Birdy Du Thot – 0 / 0 – 40.004

Source: Press Release from ESP – Equestrian Sports Productions / Wellington International

Photos: © Sportfot