Farrington Donates Prize Money & Bellissimo Announces ‘Triple Crown of Arena Eventing’ at Rolex Central Park Horse Show!
Wellington Equestrian Realty took a road trip to New York City to take in two evenings at the Rolex Central Park Horse Show, held at Wollman Rink. The show, which ran from September 20 – 24th, showcased the best in equestrian sport across multiple disciplines. Organized by Mark Bellissimo and the International Equestrian Group (WEF, Tryon, and now Central Park), the show’s mission was to showcase horse sport to the masses.
Orchestrating this event was quite remarkable, as all the classes were held within the constraints of Wollman Rink, an open-air ice skating rink near the entrance of Central Park. Horse show organizers had to choreographing the hauling of horses and set up of stabling, schooling, courses, fans and horses in a very confined setting. In addition, the atmosphere for the animals was very electric, which would intimidate the finest of horses and competitors.
In the end, it was another brilliant year of equestrian sport, showcasing the best horses and riders from the Arabian, Hunter, Show Jumping and Eventing disciplines.
Grand Prix Winner Kent Farrington Donates Prize Winnings to Storm Relief
In a remarkable gesture to those less fortunate, leading international show jumper, Kent Farrington, capped off a thrilling evening of competition with generosity. Prior to the start of the class, Farrington announced that all of his earnings from the win at the Central Park Grand Prix would go to Direct Relief, a non-profit dedicated to helping those affected by the recent storms.
Farrington dominated the ring on the handy Creedance, a feisty and fast Dutch Warmblood gelding who is still relatively young for this level of competition. At 10 years old, Creedance clearly has a successful career before him.
“Kent Farrington (USA) made an impressive jump to the top of the leaderboard in the $216,000 Grand Prix CSI 3* presented by Rolex, topping the class aboard his vigilant mount Creedance to take his first ever win in the main event at the Rolex Central Park Horse Show. Currently ranked number one on the FEI World Ranking List, Farrington solidified his knack for victory today, besting a competitive class of 27 entries. Hardin Towell (USA) and Lucifer V, winners of last night’s $40,000 CSX FEI Speed Class, finished in second place with a jump-off time of 37.58 seconds, ahead of Kristen Vanderveen (USA) and Bull Run’s Faustino De Tili.”
Kent Farrington & Creedance Top $216,000 Grand Prix CSI 3* presented by Rolex. Photo Credits Mid-Atlantic Equestrian Svcs.
Bellissimo Announces Future Triple Crown of Arena Eventing
Leave it to the publicity mastermind of the WEF, Tryon, and Central Park Horse Show series to pull off another miraculous PR save this past weekend in New York City!
After a scheduling conflict for several of the European riders forced a cancellation of Saturday night’s dressage competition, Bellissimo and the International Equestrian Group had to think fast. Bellissimo, who has become a huge fan of eventing, called his business partners to suggest bringing a bit of the Wellington Eventing Showcase to the Big Apple.
After securing course designers Mark Phillips and Eric Bull, the team worked out the logistics of building a hybrid cross country/show jumping course in Central Park! Bellissimo kicked into high gear, recruiting top 10 international event 4* riders and Olympians to take part in this thrilling format. The final result was an electric atmosphere for competitors and spectators alike, that showcased the sport of Eventing!
Our hats off to the event organizers who quickly formulated the competition format. Teams of two riders, representing well-known areas of the city, battled it out over a hybrid eventing course which was a blend of solid cross country obstacles (shipped from Tryon) and pure show jumping fences. The top 6 fastest teams advanced to a shortened jump-off round, with refusals and rails adding to the final overall time.
In the end, Team East Village consisting of Aussie riders, Dom Schramm & Ryan Wood, took home the winning check. Team Times Square, consisting of Boyd Martin and Holly Payne Caravella was second, with Team Chelsea, Oliver Townend, and Willam Fox-Pitt, securing the 3rd place finish.
Mark Bellissimo weighed in after the class during the press conference and this quote from the Chronicle of the Horse. “I walked around during the competition and the crowd was just really excited and engaged in this format,” he said. “Again, this is not to replace eventing, but it’s an opportunity to take passionate athletes who are very courageous and gutsy at all three disciplines and put them in the spotlight here in New York, which is one of the largest media markets in the United States.
“At the very least we want to turn this into a three-event series, like a Triple Crown of this event. I am confident that this will become the biggest money in this country for the sport, especially with our sponsors. This is something we’re very excited about.”
We at Wellington Equestrian Realty suspect that the Wellington Eventing Showcase may be the first leg of this conceptualize “Triple Crown of Arena Eventing”, so stay tuned for updates! To get a true feeling for the evening’s action, check out this video footage of Will Coleman riding Gideon in his first round of the event.
To see the full list of results and highlights of the Arena Eventing, please visit Eventing Nation.