Kent Farrington About - a short biography of show jumping athlete Kent Farrington
Kent Farrington began riding at the age of eight after he saw a picture of his mother on a horse and wanted to try it himself. He started taking weekly lessons at a carriage barn in downtown Chicago and soon graduated from riding carriage horses in the city to racing ponies and retraining ex-racehorses in the suburbs.
Kent spent most of his junior career catch-riding for many industry professionals. He became an accomplished young rider, winning the Washington International Equitation Medal as well as the coveted Eiser/Pessoa National Equitation Medal Finals. Kent solidified his presence in the sport when he claimed a gold medal at the 1999 North American Young Riders International Competition at the age of eighteen.
Kent turned professional in 1999 when he accepted a job with four-time British Olympian Tim Grubb, and a few years later began working with two-time US Olympian Leslie Howard. Farrington’s transition from junior to professional was seamless; in his first three years as a professional he earned over $1 million in prize money and received the Maxine Beard Award, presented to an individual American rider who best displays true potential to represent the United States on the international stage.
"My most memorable win will always be my first 5* Grand Prix win with Madison," Farrington says. "I realized that day that I had a chance to make a career out of being a top show jumper." Today, Farrington is one of the best riders in the world, earning the number one spot in the world show jumping rankings in 2017. His year is spent traveling the globe, collecting wins from Shanghai to Paris to LA. He continues to build on an already impressive list of international victories, including a Team Silver Medal at the Río 2016 Olympic Games and first place in the 2019 Rolex Grand Prix at CHIO Aachen, revered by many to be the most prestigious win in the sport of show jumping.
"I'm proud of where my team is today," Kent says. "It is a long way from where it began and I'm very fortunate to have an amazing group of people around me that have helped make my career what it is now. I'm excited to see where we can take it from here."