Dublin, Ireland - Kent Farrington (Wellington, Fla.) and R.C.G. Farms' Uceko bested a field of 40 competitors for the big win today in the Longines International Grand Prix of Ireland at CSIO5* Dublin. Eight horses jumped clean in the first round of the demanding Alan Wade-designed course, promising an exciting jump-off between riders from Ireland, the United States, Italy, Brazil, and Spain.
Also clear for the U.S. was Nations Cup team member Lucy Davis (Los Angeles, Calif.) and her longtime partner Old Oak Farm's Barron. Entering the ring second in the jump-off, Davis had an unlucky rail and a fast pace, earning her a sixth-place finish. Farrington was sixth in the jump-off order and flew around the course to stop the timers a full two seconds ahead of the second place finisher, Ireland's Kevin Babington and Shorapur.
Farrington has had a stellar summer with Uceko, winning the Lafarge Cup at Spruce Meadows and a recent top finish in the Grand Prix de la Ville de Dinard in France. Today, the American speed specialist, who was second in this class last year, became just the eighth American rider in history to win the Grand Prix of Ireland.