• Kent Farrington
  • Competing for: United States
  • From: Chicago
  • Age: 33

Kent Farrington started riding aged eight at the carriage stable in downtown Chicago. He found an old photo of his mother riding a horse, and said to her that he wanted to try it himself. So he began taking lessons once a week at a riding school. He turned professional in 1999 when he accepted a job with four-time British Olympian Tim Grubb. In January 2001, Kent took a position at Fairfield County Hunt Club, where he worked alongside two-time US Olympian Leslie Burr Howard. 

The most memorable moment in his career was winning his first CSI5*. Although his father didn’t have anything to do with horses, he greatly influenced Kent especially in terms of making decisions and pushing himself. Kent's heroes are Canadian Ian Millar, Czech Hugo Simon and US rider Conrad Holmfeld. Kent says his show jumping philosophy is about perseverance, so it's important to focus on the things you can control, not on the things you can’t control.

Among his best performances are twice winning the US Open CSIO5*, the King George Cup, Pan American Gold, American Invitational, Presidents Cup, Devon Grand Prix, Hampton Classic and twice winning the East Coast World Cup League. Kent describes the Global Champions Tour as a first class horse show.

Fast Facts

2014 Wellington Grand Prix winner with Blue Angel

2013 Geneva Grand Prix winner with Willow

2013 Washington World Cup Qualifier winner with Blue Angel

2013 Calgary World Cup Qualifier winner with Uceko

2013 La Coruña Grand Prix winner with Voyeur

2012 Calgary World Cup Qualifier winner with Uceko

2011 Pan Am Games Team Gold medallist with Uceko

2006 Trainer of the Year, Horse of the Year, and runner-up Rider of the Year winner

Kent joined the Tour in 2006