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Farrington Guides Caridel to Victory

Hamilton, MA – September 9, 2006 – Beautiful weather graced the Coldwell Banker Previews Field yet again for a relaxing day of show jumping at the Fidelity Investments Jumper Classic. The $2,500 Equine Insurance Services Future’s Class was offered in the Grand Prix Field for professionals piloting less experienced horses. Only horses that had not competed in classes with prize money of $25,000 or above were eligible to compete in today’s event, which was scored under a Table II, 2(a) format, Time First Jump Off.

Richard Jeffery of Bournemouth, England, was the mastermind behind today’s course design, and his creation proved to be quite challenging. Only four exhibitors out of the starting 17 executed the first course well enough to qualify for the tie breaker.

Shinto 3 and Jose Rega, owned by Venezuela’s Victoria Vargas D’Agostino, were the first pair to jump fault free and within the time allowed. Darren Graziano aboard Allure, owned by Dunkeld Associates of Memphis, TN, were the next to qualify, and Jackie Leemon aboard VLF Partnership’s Miracle also had a clear go. Last to leave the rails up was Kent Farrington and Caridel, owned by Susan Gordon of Brookline, MA.

Rega and his mount returned for the jump-off and set the pace with a clean round and fast time of 46.229 seconds. After Graziano and Allure lowered the height of one fence and clocked in at 43.484 seconds, Shinto 3’s speedy time seemed unbeatable. Miracle and Leemon took a shot, but luck was not on their side today as they amassed 16 faults in 48.145 seconds. Farrington and Caridel then gave it their all with a prompt gallop and perfectly timed turns. After leaving all the jumps up, Caridel’s rapid pace broke the beams in 44.211 seconds, and Farrington was greeted with a blue ribbon presentation.

“I don’t normally ride him,” admitted Farrington about Caridel. “He normally does the Amateur-Owner Jumpers with Sophie Coppedge. She’s been away in Europe, so I’ve taken him to a couple of shows. He’s been awesome. He won a class here earlier this week and then he was great today.”

“He’s really careful, really game,” continued Farrington. “He’s a cute horse, and he’s only seven, so he’s definitely got potential.”

Farrington then discussed Jeffery’s track. “The course was nice today. There was a ditch and a liverpool and that made it a bit tricky, and the oxer-oxer combination at the end was a little difficult for some of the inexperienced horses. He’s never jumped a ditch before,” Farrington revealed, “but he did it well today. I thought it was a nice course.”

Tomorrow Farrington will compete in the $7,500 Mohegan Sun Speed Stake, as well as the $75,000 Fidelity Investments AGA Grand Prix.

One of the afternoon’s main features was the $2,500 SUCCEED™ High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, which was held over the same course as the Future’s Class. Although twelve horse and rider combinations participated, only one pair jumped fault free in the first round. Cassie Herman and Galop Du Beaumont of Westport, CT, won first place with the only clear ride in the class. Second place went to It’s Morado and Annabel Simpson of Newtown Square, PA. Simpson scored no jumping penalties; however, she incurred one time fault for exceeding the 84 second time allowed.

The $2,000 Master’s Classic, presented by The World, awarded top honors to Donald Little of Ipswich, MA, for his successful ride on Mr. Nightime. Little, who won yesterday with his other mount Soprano, was last in the order to return for the jump-off. He stole the lead from Olivia Fry Weeks of Southport, CT, and edged her into second.

In the $2,000 Best in Show Junior/Amateur Jumper Low Classic, seven horses qualified for the tie breaker out of 21 starting entries. The victory gallop was led by Rebelle with Perri Eppie in the irons. Eppie hails from Morristown, NJ. Cavalier and Wendy Wood of South Hamilton, MA, followed with a red ribbon finish.

Results of the $2,500 Equine Insurance Services Future’s Class


2. SHINTO 3, JOSE REGA, 0, 46.229



5. VALENTINO, JONATHAN MCCREA, First Round: 4, 81.698

6. LAMPLIGHT, JENNIFER HANNAN, First Round: 4, 82.882

7. TEXAS HOLD 'EM, CHRIS KAPPLER, First Round: 4, 83.701


9. ORIGINAL, DARLENE SANDLIN, First Round: 8, 79.604

10. TUVALU, PETER LEONE: First Round: 8, 79.692

11. LADY IN RED 4, LESLIE BURR HOWARD. First Round: 8, 80.696

12. CANDIDE, PETER LEONE, First Round: 8, 80.725

Photo Credit: Kent Farrington and Caridel. Photo by: ESI- The Digital Place.


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