The 2019 Rolex Grand Prix at CHIO Aachen has been won by Rolex Testimonee, Kent Farrington (USA) 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 today, as they gathered in the main show jumping arena to witness the second Major of 2019 in the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping. Inaugurated in 1898, the show is steeped in equestrian history and has partnered with Rolex since 1999, a relationship that demonstrates Rolex’s enduring long-term commitment to equestrianism, supporting the most revered and highly-anticipated shows hosted around the world.
An impressive course, assembled by world-renowned course designer Frank Rothenberger was a challenging one for the world’s equestrian elite. The first round delivered only seven clears, which included Rolex Testimonees Kent Farrington, Kevin Staut from France and Swiss rider Martin Fuchs. Fellow Swiss Rolex Testimonee Steve Guerdat completed with an unlucky four faults but progressed through to round two with his super-fast time.
A revised and equally imposing course welcomed 18 successful pairings to round two. Despite a precise clear from Guerdat, his earlier four faults ruled him out of the jump-off. The passionate crowd showed their appreciation for Farrington and six others as their faultless rounds took them to the final stage.
Despite valiant efforts from the first four combinations, the arena was treated to its first triple clear by Farrington in 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. Farrington proved unbeatable as Blum had one pole down and Deusser stopped the clock 0.37 seconds slower than the American’s time.
Farrington said, “This is the best win. This is the best show. Rolex really raises the level of the sport. You have the best riders on the best horses, this is one of the most prestigious events 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.”
WHERE TO NEXT
CSIO Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ in Canada in September is the next Major in the Rolex Grand Slam of Showjumping. The attention will now turn to this show, in the hope that Farrington will continue his RGS journey.
FINAL RESULTS OF THE 2019 ROLEX GRAND PRIX
1. Kent Farrington (USA) riding Gazelle
2. Daniel Deusser (GER) riding Scuderia 1918 Tobago Z
3. Ben Maher (GBR) riding Explosion W
4. Simone Blum (GER) riding DSP Alice
5. Darragh Kenny (IRL) riding Babalou 41
6. Jérôme Guery (BEL) riding Quel Homme de Hus
7. McLain Ward (USA) riding HH Azur
8. Sven Schlüsselburg (GER) riding Bud Spencer 7
9. Elizabeth Madden (USA) riding Darry Lou
10. Steve Guerdat (SUI) riding Albfuehren’s Bianca