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Kent Farrington and Blue Angel win $125,000 New Albany Invitational Grand Prix in Ohio

Robin Parsky, Kent Farrington and Abigail Wexner. / Photo by Curtis Wallis
Robin Parsky, Kent Farrington and Abigail Wexner. / Photo by Curtis Wallis

On Sunday, Sept. 22, in front of a sellout crowd, the 16th annual New Albany Classic Invitational Grand Prix, presented by JPMorgan Chase & Co., proved to be a nail biter as 31 horse and rider combinations vied for the $125,000 purse and Authentic Cup on the John G. McCoy Show Field.

Named by the North American Riders Group as the #1 Specialty Equestrian Event in 2012, The Classic drew more than 20,000 people and raised over $1.7 million to support the work of The Center for Family Safety and Healing, an organization supporting family violence initiatives founded by Abigail Wexner, the host of The Classic in New Albany, Ohio.

Kent Farrington of Wellington, Florida bested nine riders in the jump off to claim the Authentic Cup aboard Blue Angel, an 11-year-old AES Mare, owned by Robin Parsky of Rancho Santa Fe.

Kent Farrington and BLUE ANGEL. / Photo by Curtis Wallis
Kent Farrington and BLUE ANGEL. / Photo by Curtis Wallis
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