The inaugural day of the ‘North American’ tournament, presented by Rolex, began with the Kubota Cup 1.50m competition. World #1 Ranked rider, Kent Farrington proved his title, laying down the first win of the tournament against a roster of 71 top international athletes.
A challenging test was set by Spain’s Santiago Varela which presented a test toward the agility and efficiency of each combination. Of the notable roster, six would qualify on to the jump off against the clock.
Continuing his winning ways at the Spruce Meadows Summer, Kent Farrington(USA) aboard the 10 year-old gelding Dublin, made it to the finish line with the blistering fast time of 36.65 seconds. “What a great way to start”, said Farrington after the victory. ” I really wanted to use the Summer Series at Spruce Meadows to build Dublin into a top international horse, and there is no place better to do than at Spruce Meadows.” The World #1 then added, “this venue offers great courses, wonderful materials, superb footing and fierce competition. It is the best for finding out how good a horse can be.”
Following close behind for second place was Eric Lamaze(CAN) riding Captain, a 10 year-old gelding owned by Gingras Equestrian Ltd. This new partnership has been one to watch within the 1.50m division, ending today on a double clear round with a time of 37.65 seconds. The pair look to be in fine form and on track for multiple podium finishes later this week in the ‘North American’ Tournament.
The final top three placing fell to the 26 year-old Zazou Hoffman(USA). She rode the 13 Year-old Swedish
Warmblood gelding, Samson II, to the finish line as the last of three to finish on a double clear score card. Hoffman crossed the finish line with a time of 40.12 seconds.
Full results here.