New York City—Sept. 29
Creedance couldn’t have had a much better week at the Longines Global Champions Tour of New York on Governor’s Island. He and Kent Farrington won two classes: the individual portion of the second Global Champions League competition and today’s €150,000 1.55-meter class.
Today’s win was especially hard fought, with 15 advancing to the short course over Uliano Vezzania’s track. They won the class over Pieter Devos on Espoir, with Harrie Smolders and Cas 2 taking third.
Farrington went early in the jump-off, but he didn’t consider that a disadvantage at all.
“My plan with him is always the same, just to do his round,” he said of the 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood by Lord Z. “That’s normally fast enough to win or to be very, very close. I try not to change my tactics or my strategy for anyone else, so I just do my own plan for him and what suits him.
“I think I just have a faster horse,” he continued. “He’s a rocket. He’s so quick across the ground. He’s very efficient at the fence. It’s a huge advantage because he can do the same number of strides as any other horse but he can do them going faster. So in a class like that, it’s a big advantage.”
Creedance has won in New York before, taking the top prize at the Rolex Central Park Horse Show in 2017. But Farrington’s been competing abroad since April, winning classes on Creedance at the Global Champions Tour of St. Tropez (France) and Spruce Meadows (Calgary), among others.
“I got him when he was 7,” Farrington said. “He always had great talent but he was really a high-strung horse with a lot of blood. It took a lot of time for him to mature into a more rideable horse, a more predictable horse. That’s what you see now. His rounds are more consistent. You can really count on him to deliver and he’s an exceptional horse in the sport.”
Next up for Creedance is a bit of a rest. He’ll have a month off then come back for end of the fall season.