Kent Farrington on Horsemanship, Horse Care, and Equine Welfare

U.S. Olympic show jumper Kent Farrington discusses horsemanship, training, recognizing each horse’s individuality, his “ponies,” and more.
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Kent Farrington and Voyeur, a 2002 Dutch Warmblood gelding, earned a team silver medal the 2016 Rio Olympics. | Photo: Richard Juiliart/FEI

Olympic team silver medalist Kent Farrington, a member of the U.S. show jumping team, received the new Longines Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) World’s Best Jumping Rider award last month in Paris, France.

Farrington took over the number one slot in the Longines World Rankings in May 2017 and remained at the top of the elite list for the rest of the year. He finished the year with 3,313 points, earning him his honorable title during the inaugural ceremony of the FEI World Cup Finals 2018 held in Paris’s Hôtel de Ville.

During the event The Horse conducted an exclusive interview with Farrington, in which he discussed what kind of horsemanship goes into being the world’s top rider, how recognizing your horse’s individuality is key, and more

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Passionate about horses and science from the time she was riding her first Shetland Pony in Texas, Christa Lesté-Lasserre writes about scientific research that contributes to a better understanding of all equids. After undergrad studies in science, journalism, and literature, she received a master’s degree in creative writing. Now based in France, she aims to present the most fascinating aspect of equine science: the story it creates. Follow Lesté-Lasserre on Twitter @christalestelas.

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