Kent Farrington victorious in the Rolex Grand Prix at CHIO Aachen

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The 2019 Rolex Grand Prix at CHIO Aachen has been won by Rolex Testimonee Kent Farrington from the United States riding Gazelle.

Second place went to Germany’s Daniel Deusser riding Scuderia 1918 Tobago Z and third place to Great Britain’s Ben Maher riding Explosion W.

CHIO Aachen played host to over 40,000 equestrian spectators, as they gathered in the main showjumping arena to witness the second Major of 2019 in the Rolex Grand Slam of showjumping.

An impressive course, assembled by world-renowned course designer Frank Rothenberger was, as ever, a challenging one for the world’s equestrian elite.

The first round delivered only seven clears, which included Kent Farrington, Kevin Staut from France and Swiss rider Martin Fuchs. 

Final rounds

A revised and equally imposing course welcomed the 18 successful pairings to round two. Despite a precise clear from Guerdat, his earlier four faults ruled him out of the jump-off.

Despite valiant efforts from the first four combinations, the arena was treated to its first triple clear by Farrington in a time of 43.98 seconds.

With only two riders to go, and both German natives  – Daniel Deusser and Simone Blum – the home fans were on the edge of their seats, but Kent proved unbeatable.

Kent said, "This is one of the most prestigious events we have in our sport. The history of winners here is filled with the best riders in the world and I'm very proud to join them."

The attention of the equestrian world now turns to the CSIO Spruce Meadows 'Masters' in Canada in September, the next Major in the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping.

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