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Farrington Wins Again! Uceko Captures $200,000 CN Reliability Grand Prix

Mario Deslauriers and Whistler victorious in $60,000 TransCanada Parcours de Chasse

Kathryn McMackin

Reporting from Spruce Meadows, Calgary, Alberta
Saturday, June 9, 2012 :: Posted 08:37:06 PM CDT


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© Holly Burns Photography: Kent Farrington and Uceko   CN
Kent Farrington and Uceko  

Calgary, CA – June 9, 2012 - - The Americans continued their reign over the Spruce Meadows International Ring  on Saturday afternoon, as Kent Farrington out-bested the best in the $200,000 CN Reliability Grand Prix World Cup Qualifier – the first leg of the CN Precision Series.

The tough jumping course, designed by Guilherme Jorge, took no prisoners, with only five of the 33-horse field posting clean first rounds. In the end, it was Farrington, aboard his fiery partner Uceko, who outgunned the rest and crossed the timers for a clean, 38.97-second, jump-off round. He took home a generous $66,000 for his trouble.

© Holly Burns Photography: Kent Farrington - Trophy
Kent Farrington CN Reliability Trophy presentation
 
© Holly Burns Photography: Kent Farrington and Uceko
Kent Farrington and Uceko up and over the open water

“I felt I’d gone very fast in the beginning and I wanted to have an option at the end that if I felt under the base I could (add a stride),” said the Olympic hopeful about his speedy jump-off round.

All that galloping at the start of the round wasn’t wasted, as Farrington said Uceko slipped a bit coming into the vertical of the final line in the second round. But the added stride didn’t cost them their victory.

The duo, who are based out of Wellington, Fla., were ranked ninth on the Olympic long list following the U.S.E.T. Selection Trials this past spring. While this win will most likely count in their favor, it is their performances in next week’s observation events that will make a bigger impact. And Farrington said he’s ready for them.

“My horse feels great – he loves it here,” said Farrington. “He’s a big jumper and a field like (the ones at Spruce Meadows) really suits him…. But we’ll see what happens.”

© Holly Burns Photography: Eric Lamaze and Derly Chin de Muze
Eric Lamaze and Derly Chin de Muze

Despite a valiant effort to be the one to beat, Eric Lamaze took home the second-place prize. Riding Derly Chin de Muze, the Canadian favorite left all the rails standing and made it to the finish line in 39.23 seconds – just fractions of a second behind the winners.

“I didn’t want to completely give it to him,” said Lamaze, as he aimed a sly smile at Farrington. “But I knew the timing would absolutely be caught. But, the rails still have to stay up in the cups – you never know what could happen.

“I went what I thought was a competitive speed for my horse at this time, without taking any more risks than I had to.”

© Holly Burns Photography: Darragh Kerins and Lisona
Darragh Kerins and Lisona were third
 
© Holly Burns Photography: Richard Spooner and Cristallo
 Richard Spooner and Cristallo finished fourth

The only other pairing to post a double clean ride in the class, Ireland’s Darragh Kerins landed a third-place finish with his mount, Lisona. First in to the jump-off round, the New York-based rider and the 11-year-old mare chalked up a solid time of 44.74 seconds.

“She jumped the 1.50m on Wednesday, and felt great,” said the soft-spoken Irishman. “So, I took a chance and left her for the grand prix. It all worked out.”

Richard Spooner, of Aqua Dulce, CA., landed in fourth position with Cristallo after hitting a single rail in the second round. Fifth place went to another Irish rider, Richie Moloney, who racked up eight faults with Ahorn Van de Zuuthoeve.

© Holly Burns Photography: Richie Maloney with Ahorn van de Zuuthoeve
Fifth place went to Richie Maloney with Ahorn van de Zuuthoeve
 
© Holly Burns Photography: Beezie Madden with Cortes C
Beezie Madden with Cortes C were sixth

The fastest of the four-fault rounds was Beezie Madden with Cortes C, who ended the class in sixth place. Robert Whitaker and USA Today took home seventh place honors, while Leslie Howard landed in eighth position with Utah. Ranked ninth was yet another Irish rider, the Idaho-based Jennifer Crooks, with SF Uryadi. And Kirsten Coe finished in tenth spot with Combina.

And it was Mario Deslauriers who kicked off Saturday’s competition for the Americans, laying claim to the $60,000 TransCanada Parcours de Chasse 1.45m with Whistler.

The Dutch warmblood and the rider from New York blew the rest of the 24-horse field out of the water, winning the event in 88.88 seconds.

© Holly Burns Photography: Mario Deslauriers and Whistler
Mario Deslauriers and Whistler

Held over a single round, the Parcours de Chasse challenged competitors to tackle 17 jumping elements within the time of 180 seconds. Additional seconds are added to the tally in lieu of faults in the event of a fallen rail. Brazil’s Jorge also built this tricky speed track.

But there were no fallen rails for the veteran rider and the 10-year-old gelding. Even the damp weather couldn’t throw a wrench in the duo’s plans, which was to attack the course as efficiently as possible.

“This course had a lot of galloping, and this horse has such a big stride,” said Deslauriers. “I just tried to keep my lines very straight between fences and kept (my path) very direct.

© Holly Burns Photography: Mario during the National Anthem
Mario and Whistler during the National Anthem

“I’ve had this horse now for two or three years, and he jumps all of these obstacles great – so you can really take chances. It worked out well.”

Nipping at the heels of the winners was Colombia’s Daniel Bluman with Vichy. The last pairing to tackle the fast course, the young rider and the chestnut mare actually beat the quick time set by Deslauriers, but had an unfortunate knock down towards the end of the course. In the end, the duo finished the event in 89.55 seconds.

Third place went to Yann Candele of Canada with the 12-year-old gelding, Game Ready. Leaving all the obstacles solidly in their cups, the horse and rider team racked up a time of 90.58 seconds.

© Holly Burns Photography: Daniel Blumen and Vichy
Daniel Blumen and Vichy finished second
 

Rodrigo Lambre landed in fourth position with his speedy round aboard Chepepe La Escondida, and Ireland’s Kerins finished in fifth place with the Argentine gelding, Hot Wheels.

The first leg of the Spruce Meadows Summer Series, the National tournament, wraps up Sunday afternoon with the running of the $175,000 Nexen Cup Derby 1.60m.

Will last year’s winners, Leslie Howard and Lennox Lewis 2, be able to defend their title?

 ADDITIONAL PHOTOS OF SATURDAY'S TOP FINISHERS AT SPRUCE MEADOWS

THE TWO WINNERS

 © Holly Burns Photography: Kent Farrington and Uceko
Kent Farrington and Uceko

© Holly Burns Photography: Kent Farrington - Spike
Kent pounds the CN spike

© Holly Burns Photography: Mario Deslauriers and Whistler
 Mario Deslauriers and Whistler

© Holly Burns Photography: Mario  -  Trophy
Mario Deslauriers - TransCanada Parcours de Chasse trophy

OTHER TOP FINISHERS

© Holly Burns Photography: Robert Whitaker and USA Today
Robert Whitaker and USA Today

© Holly Burns Photography: Leslie Howard with Utah
Leslie Howard with Utah

© Holly Burns Photography: Jennifer Crooks and SF Uryadi
 Jennifer Crooks and SF Uryadi

© Holly Burns Photography: Kristin Coe and Combina
Kristin Coe and Combina

© Holly Burns Photography: Yann Candele and Game Ready
Yann Candele and Game Ready

© Holly Burns Photography: Rodrigo Lambre with Chepepe La Excondida
 Rodrigo Lambre with Chepepe La Excondida

© Holly Burns Photography: Darragh Kernis and Hot Wheels
 Darragh Kernis and Hot Wheels

© Holly Burns Photography: Andres Rodgiguez and Remonta Eden
Andres Rodgiguez and Remonta Eden

© Holly Burns Photography: Leslie Howard and Lennox Lewis 2
Leslie Howard and Lennox Lewis 2

© Holly Burns Photography: Beda Watcher with Voilastar
Beda Watcher with Voilastar

 

PHOTOS BY: Holly Burns - Holly Burns Media

RESULTS

#451 - $200,000
CN Reliability Grand Prix World Cup Qualifier- 1.60M
International Ring - Table A, Art. 655.2.1. Art. 238.2.2.
Saturday, June 9, 2012 Course Designer: Guilherme Jorge, BRA


947
1 $66,000
UCEKO
Dutch Warmblood / G / 11
Celano x Koriander
KENT FARRINGTON (USA)
WELLINGTON, FL
RCG Farm
0 0
80.56 38.98

844
2 $40,000
DERLY CHIN DE MUZE
Belgian Warmblood / M / 9
For Pleasure x Nabab de Reve
ERIC LAMAZE (CAN)
SCHOMBERG, ON
Ashland Stables & Torrey Pines Stable
0 0
77.65 40.40

891
3 $30,000
LISONA
Irish Sport Horse / M / 11
Obos Quality x Unknown
DARRAGH KERINS (IRL)
SOUTH SALEM NY
Kevin Babington
0 0
80.23 44.75

825
4 $20,000
CRISTALLO
Holstein / G / 14
Caletto II x Metellus
RICHARD SPOONER (USA)
AGUA DULCE, CA
Show Jumping Syndication Intl
0 4
82.01 39.23

949
5 $12,000
AHORN VAN DE ZUUTHOEVE
Hanoverian / G / 10
Acorado x Calypso II
RICHIE MOLONEY (IRL)
WELLINGTON
Equinimity LLC
0 8
83.87 40.11

804
6 $9,000
CORTES C
Belgian Warmblood / G / 10
Randel Z x Darko
BEEZIE MADDEN (USA)
CAZENOVIA, NY
Abigail Wexner
4
75.90

725
7 $6,000
USA TODAY
Dutch Warmblood / S / 11
Heartbreaker x Capitol
ROBERT WHITAKER (GBR)
YORKSHIRE
Robert Whitaker
4
79.33

868
8 $5,000
UTAH
Dutch Warmblood / G / 11
Andiamo x Jus de Pomme
LESLIE HOWARD (USA)
WESTPORT CT
Utah Group
4
82.64

909
9 $4,000
SF URYADI
Dutch Warmblood / M / 11
Guidam x Amaretto I
JENNIFER CROOKS (IRL)
SANDPOINT, ID
Olivia Cox-Fill
4
82.79

960
10 $4,000
COMBINA
Dutch Warmblood / S / 11
Jacomar x Calvados
KIRSTEN COE (USA)
JOHNSTON, SC
Ilan Ferder
5
86.40

719
11 $2,000
SANCHA LS LA SILLA
Warmblood / M / 9
Chin Chin x Polydor
DANIEL BLUMAN (COL)
WESTON, FL
Rio Sona 500 pte
8
75.39

920
12 $2,000
CELLA
Belgian Warmblood / M / 10
Cento x Chin Chin
MARIO DESLAURIERS (USA)
NEW YORK, NY
Jane Clark

RESULTS
#444 - $60,000
TransCanada Parcours de Chasse - 1.45M
International Ring - Table C, Article 239.
Saturday, June 9, 2012 Course Designer: Guilherme Jorge BRA


921
88.888
0
1 $19,800
WHISTLER
Dutch Warmblood / G / 10
Pacific x Andiamo
MARIO DESLAURIERS (USA)
NEW YORK, NY
Jane Clark

720
89.550
0
2 $12,000
VICHY
Dutch Warmblood / M / 10
Hors La Loi II x Indoctro
DANIEL BLUMAN (COL)
WESTON, FL
Torrey Pines Stable

818
90.587
0
3 $9,000
GAME READY
Dutch Warmblood / G / 12
Andiamo x Polydox
YANN CANDELE (CAN)
CALEDON, ON
Susan Grange

857
91.230
0
4 $6,000
CHEPEPE LA ESCONDIDA
Westphalian / S / 14
Champion Dulys x Elobet
RODRIGO LAMBRE (BRA)
MONTERREY
Guillermo Zambrano

890
95.755
0
5 $3,600
HOT WHEELS
Argentine / G / 15
Liliputiense x Unknown
DARRAGH KERINS (IRL)
SOUTH SALEM NY
Darragh Kerins

983
96.107
0
6 $2,700
REMONTA EDEN
Argentine / G / 15
Cassiano Joter x Ceana
ANDRES RODRIGUEZ (VEN)
WELLINGTON FL
Sandy van Dyke

869
96.474
0
7 $1,800
LENNOX LEWIS 2
Oldenburg / G / 13
Loreatus x Weizenkorn
LESLIE HOWARD (USA)
WESTPORT CT
Peter Howard

968
97.212
0
8 $1,500
VOILASTAR
Dutch Warmblood / G / 10
Quickstar x Balisar
BEDA WACHTER (CAN)
INNISFAIL, AB
Roy Graham

832
97.261
0
9 $1,200
WRIGLEY
Dutch Warmblood / M / 9
Padinus x Burggraaf
CALLIE SCHOTT (USA)
CAZENOVIA, NY
John Madden Sales Inc.

724
99.073
0
10 $1,200
UNEX VOSKE
Dutch Warmblood / G / 12
Numero Uno x Damiro
TIM GREDLEY (GBR)
SUFFOLK
Unex Competition Yard Ltd

828
99.215
0
11 $600
LETS DANCE
Holstein / G / 10
Unknown x Unknown
RICHARD SPOONER (USA)
AGUA DULCE, CA
Oscany Inc.

801
99.773
0
12 $600
VANILLA
Danish Warmblood / M / 10
Nabab de Reve x Clinton
BEEZIE MADDEN (USA)
CAZENOVIA, NY
Abigail Wexner

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