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Kent Farrington grabs 1st major victory at CHI Geneva

American Kent Farrington finally captured an elusive major victory on Sunday in Geneva, Switzerland at the year's final Grand Slam event.

Canada's Eric Lamaze finishes 8th with Fine Lady 5

Kent Farrington of the United States rides his horse Gazelle to take first place during the Rolex Grand Slam of show jumping. (Magali Girardin/The Associated Press)

American Kent Farrington finally captured an elusive major victory on Sunday in Geneva, Switzerland at the year's final Grand Slam event. 

The world's top-ranked rider was clear with a time of 44.96 seconds in the five-horse jump-off aboard his mare Gazelle to seal the win at CHI Geneva. 

"This is the one I've been aiming to win for years. I came close a couple of times and I am so happy at having won here in Geneva today. My horse jumped incredibly, the crowd was amazing, really supportive. A great way to finish the year for me," Farrington said. 

Farrington and horse Gazelle captured the top spot at the Grand Slam of show jumping event in Geneva, Switzerland. 2:16

Farrington now has the difficult task of attempting to win three consecutive majors to complete the Grand Slam of show jumping. He will ride in March to try to extend his bid with a newly added stop in the Netherlands at the indoor Dutch Masters.

Sweden's Henrik Von Eckermann was second in a time of 45.49, while Belgium's Gregory Wathelet was third in 45.69. 

Canada's top equestrian Eric Lamaze finished eighth aboard his Olympic mount Fine Lady 5 after pulling a rail in the first round. 

Lamaze and horse Fine Lady 5 finished 8th out of 40 entries at the Grand Slam of show jumping event in Geneva, Switzerland. 2:20

Germany's Philipp Weishaupt entered Sunday's contest as the current Grand Slam contender but took down two rails in a combination and incurred a time fault to finish 34th. 


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