Robin Parsky’s Blue Angel and her rider Kent Farrington added another victory to their roster of recent wins with a top finish in the $125,000 Trump Invitational Grand Prix on Sunday, Jan. 5. The event was held on the stunning grounds of Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago where original owners Marjorie Merriweather Post and her husband, E.F. Hutton, built their dream mansion in 1927.
The stormy skies and abundant rain did little to dissuade Farrington and Blue Angel who proved her bravery and consistency. As reported by ProEquest, “the quick, light-footed mare easily sliced her turns to finish fastest against five others in the jump-off. Blue Angel proved her sure-footedness, at times appearing to skate rather than gallop over the soggy turf, all while maintaining a fast gallop and jumping each fence out of stride.”
“A big win is always exciting,” Kent Farrington said. “For this event, to be part of it and win it is very special to me. These are fast riders…so I planned my ride accordingly. I relied on the speed of Blue Angel and tried to be very smooth.”
In December Blue Angel won the $200,000 Champions’ Challenge in Geneva, Switzerland. The week before she was second in the $32,000 Prix Salon du Cheval Ceneca at the Gucci Masters in Paris.
Blue Angel and Kent Farrington’s impressive record of 11 wins in international competitions during the calendar year of 2013 has helped Farrington reach his current status as the number one ranked rider in America and the number 10 ranked rider in the world.