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Kent FARRINGTON

Kent Farrington is an American athlete and competes in Jumping.

Name Kent FARRINGTON
FEI ID 10009302
Gender Male
Date of Birth 28/12/1980
Competing for United States of America - USA
Registration Jumping 2017
Last update 28/10/2016
FEI Database



Jumping 70x70
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He began riding at age eight in Chicago, IL, United States of America.
Why this sport? He found an old photo of his mother riding a horse, and told her that he wanted to try it himself. He then began taking lessons once a week at a riding school. "I was enthusiastic and aggressive. An instructor who had racing and eventing ponies asked if I'd like to come and ride them."
Club / Team Kent Farrington LLC: United States
General Interest
Hobbies Architecture, interior design. (teamusa.org, 18 Aug 2016)
Most influential person in career His father. (globalchampionstour.com, 12 Sep 2012)
Hero / Idol Canadian showjumper Ian Millar, Czech showjumper Hugo Simon, US equestrian Conrad Holmfeld. (Athlete, 22 Jul 2011)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Enjoy the process, not just the end result." (Athlete, 22 Jul 2011)
Awards and honours In 2006 he was named American Grand Prix Association Trainer of the Year. (horseinsurance.com, 01 Dec 2007) In 2001 he received the Maxine Beard Award, which is given annually to the individual showing the most potential to represent the United States of America in international competition. (horseinsurance.com, 01 Dec 2007)
Other information STABLES In 2002 he set up Kent Farrington LLC in Greenwich, CT, United States of America. Now based in Wellington, Florida, his stables are home to prospective young jumpers and grand prix horses. He also trains amateur riders and young competitors. (kentfarrington.com, 17 Aug 2016; Facebook page, 09 Feb 2015; horseinsurance.com, 01 Dec 2007) EARLY DAYS He turned professional in 1999 after accepting a job with four-time British Olympian Tim Grubb. In January 2001 he took a position at Fairfield County Hunt Club, where he worked alongside two-time US Olympian Leslie Burr Howard. (horseinsurance.com, 01 Dec 2007) Kent Farrington began riding at the age of eight after he saw a picture of his mother on a horse and wanted to try it himself. He then started taking weekly lessons at a carriage barn in downtown Chicago and soon graduated from riding carriage horses in the city to racing ponies and retraining ex-racehorses in the suburbs. Kent spent most of his junior career catch-riding for many industry professionals. He became an accomplished young rider, winning the Washington International Equitation Medal as well as the coveted Eiser/Pessoa National Equitation Medal Finals. Kent solidified his presence in the sport when he claimed the gold medal at the 1999 North American Young Riders International Competition at the age of eighteen. Farrington’s transition from junior to professional was seamless; in his first three years as a professional he earned over $1 million in prize money and received the Maxine Beard Award, presented to an individual American rider that best displays true potential to represent the United States on the international stage. Kent’s first major grand prix win was at Saugerties in 2004 with Madison. Some of his most notable accomplishments include over twenty five Grand Prix wins with Up Chiqui; winning team gold at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara; the King George V Gold Cup at CSIO Hickstead on Uceko; the Credit Suisse Grand Prix with Willow in Geneva; the Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Spruce Meadows with and team bronze in Caen for the World Equestrian Games with Voyeur. Kent looks forward to another great season with his horses, partners, and sponsors.
Further Personal Information
Residence Wellington, FL, USA
Occupation Athlete, Business Owner, Horse Trainer
Languages English