American rider Kent Farrington is will not ride for his country in Saturday's Nation Cup, he has bypassed the opportunity and is focusing on the Million Dollar Grand Prix on Sunday.
Friday night at Spruce Meadows featured the $100,000 Encana Cup, Farrington's warm class for his horse, Uceko.
Of the 33 starters, only four riders managed to make the jump off.
Going last, Farrington had the luxury of watching the three riders ahead of him and plan the best strategy. All he had to do was go clear and beat the fastest time posted (38.96). And he did just that, stopping the clock at 38.65.
Farrington and Uceko collected the red ribbon and a cheque for $33,000.
The 32-year-old from Chicago will now head towards one of the richest events on Sunday.
Farrington is also in the running to collect a $50,000 bonus if he can win on Sunday, making it two wins in the 4 Grand Prix CN Precision Series.
Second went to Germany's Hans Dieter Dreher, who was riding Magnus Romeo (clear round in a time of 38.96). Ireland's Shane Breen and horse Cos I Can finished third after four faults (37.10), while Italian rider Juan Carlos Garcia and mount Prince De La Mar ended in the fourth spot with four faults and a time of 39.10.
Canadian Eric Lamaze competed in the class with Coriana Van Klapscheut and was fault free until the final fence on course came down for four faults. This is the second night in a row that Lamaze has had the final jump down keeping him out of the jump off and from the ribbon presentation.
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