Winning once at the Spruce Meadows “Masters” Tournament in Canada is a major accomplishment for a show jumping horse, but winning twice in four days at the #1 ranked horse show in the world is extraordinary. Kent Farrington and RSF resident Robin Parsky’s Blue Angel achieved an unprecedented feat.
Wednesday, Sept. 4, was opening day for the world’s top show jumping riders at the “Masters” CSIO 5* Tournament. Out of 53 entries, 17 advanced to the jump-off and Kent Farrington and Blue Angel showed the speed they’re known for to take the win in the $50,000 AKITA Drilling Cup. Second place went to Ben Maher of Great Britain and third place to Conor Swail of Ireland.
On Saturday, Sept. 7, Blue Angel and Kent Farrington again secured victory at the “Masters,” this time in the $125,000 SUNCOR Winning Round. The top eight from the first round came back for a second round with a clean slate. Since speed was the name of the game, Farrington felt he had a bit of an edge on the other riders because of his special horse. He said, “She’s naturally very fast and she’s a brave horse. She’s competitive all on her own. It’s a matter of trying not to make too many errors and sticking to my plan. She’s naturally fast by herself and I’m a naturally fast rider. It’s a good combination.” Second place went to Eric Lamaze of Canada and third to Ian Millar of Canada.
After a well-deserved rest, Blue Angel will compete at the Fall Indoor Circuit first in Washington, D.C. and then in Europe through December. Florida will be the winter home for Blue Angel, along with her rider who has a state-of-the-art equestrian facility in Wellington and a string of world class horses.