Aachen, Germany—July 16
“What a furious gallop!” were the first words of the Aachen CHIO press release about Kent Farrington’s win in the Turkish Airlines Prix of Europe.
In a move fitting for a class sponsored by an airline, Farrington put wings on Voyeur to fly around the jump-off and win by more than 3 seconds over Luciana Diniz of Portugal.
Farrington and Voyeur topped a 17-horse jump-off in the class, which serves as a qualifier for the prestigious Rolex Grand Prix of Aachen on July 20.
“My horse is naturally very quick, and I have a lot of confidence in him, so I let him go,” Farrington commented. Farrington is on the Hermès U.S. show jumping team for the Nations Cup at Aachen. He’s also coming off a remarkable few weeks of competition at Spruce Meadows (Alberta), where he won the $210,000 ATCO Queen Elizabeth Cup on Voyeur and the $400,000 Pan American Cup on Uceko.
Farrington plans to use Voyeur in the Rolex Grand Prix of Aachen.
Some fellow U.S. riders also placed in the Turkish Airlines Prix of Europe—Reed Kessler was seventh on Cos I Can with two clean rounds but a slower time. Lauren Hough would have been second to Farrington with her jump-off time aboard Quick Study, but a rail put her into 12th. Margie Engle and Royce were 27th with 4 faults in the first round; Lucy Davis and Curtis 72 were 37th with 6 faults in Round 1.
In the first class of the day, the Prize of Handwerk speed class, Kessler was 14th on KS Stakki.