In close finish, Kent Farrington (USA) and Kaprice secured victory in the $137,000 EquiSafe Global Grand Prix CSI 3* at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), stopping the jump-off timers at 39.477 seconds.
Nicole Shahinian-Simpson (USA) and Akuna Mattata, a 2008 Holsteiner mare (Quinar x Landwind II) owned by Carol Rosenstein and Silver Raven Farms, claimed second place with a clear jump-off score of 40.345 seconds, while Karen Polle (JPN) and her own With Wings, a 2003 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Larino x L.Ronald), sailed to third-place just milliseconds behind with a time of 40.695 seconds.
Farrington and Kaprice, a 2010 Belgian Warmblood mare (Echo Van T Spieveld x Carthago) that Kent owns with Haity McNerney, bested a class of 37 entries and 10 jump-off contenders, sailing over jumps in the Ken Krome (USA)-designed course.
“Kaprice is an amazing horse. She’s an amazing athlete. You never worry whether she’s going to knock a rail down. As you can see in the ring, she’s very careful. She’s actually learned to jump a little bit lower because she used to jump so high over the fences. During these difficult times, I want to keep her getting as much experience as possible because she really needs it to become a Grand Prix horse. She’s not a horse who can go a year without jumping. We have to keep her going enough to get her to the big levels,” explained Farrington.
source: Press Release