Wellington, Fla. – Jan. 31, 2019 – Kelley Farmer rode Consent to the championship tricolor in the Green Conformation Hunter division at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) during Week Four, besting the field that also included her other mount, As Quoted. Consent, a 7-year-old Westphalian Gelding owned by Kent Farrington LLC and D L Glefke, had stellar rounds on Thursday to secure the championship title. Taking the reserve tricolor was Cypress, an 8-year-old gelding owned by Missy Nolan, and ridden by Julie Curtin.
Consent was purchased in 2018 by Kent Farrington and Larry Glefke, and Farmer credits much of his success thus far to his heart and character. With a puppy dog attitude and will to win, Consent has won the hearts of his people, as well as the judges.
Scoring an 86 and two 87s to win three out of four over fences classes from the two days of competition, Consent and Farmer secured their place in the winner’s circle with smooth and flowing rounds. Farmer will show Consent in the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby “Hunt and Go” in the International Arena on Friday, and after that will give him a week off to prepare for World Championship Hunter Rider (WCHR) week at WEF during Week Six.
Curtin rode Cypress to the reserve championship, winning the model and one over fences class with a score of 84.
Competition at WEF Week Four continues through Sunday, Feb. 3, while the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby “Hunt and Go” will get underway on Friday, Feb. 1, at 1:30 p.m.
FROM THE WINNER’S CIRCLE
Kelley Farmer – Rider and trainer of Consent
“We own him with Kent Farrington, and he found him in Europe. He has been a trier who wants to win since the first day we got him. I showed him in Kentucky, a few weeks before the Capital Challenge Horse Show, and that was his first horse show in America. He was champion, then went to Capital Challenge to do the pre-greens and won two out of three classes there — he was amazing. He tries to win everytime. He’s dead quiet, brave and careful. He’s a puppy dog that wants to be in your lap all of the time. He is the sweetest thing you will ever come across.”
On her plans for Consent:
“He’s going to go tomorrow in the International Arena [for the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby “Hunt and Go”], which will be his first time [competing in that ring]. I think he will be great. It can be a bit overwhelming but I don’t think he’ll mind. Then he’ll take next week off and will do Week Six. He probably will do a few more derbies, the Deeridge Derby, and then Week Twelve.”