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The $100,000 (USD) Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Toronto, the feature of the horse show at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, is one of 14 North American League qualifiers for the Longines FEI World Cup.
The class, to be presented at the Ricoh Coliseum on the evening of November 11, 2017, will include last year’s Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Toronto winner, McLain Ward, who has won the class three years in a row. He will ride against another member of the U.S. silver medal Rio Olympic team, Kent Farrington, who won the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping New York, as well as Olympic individual gold medalist Nick Skelton of Great Britain and Lauren Hough, who won the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Washington D.C. on October 29. Others seeking to take the qualifier include Ireland’s Shane Sweetnam and three-time Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final winner Rodrigo Pessoa of Brazil.
“Toronto’s a great show and actually, it’s a similar-enough ring to Omaha for next year,” said Sweetnam, who hopes to make the 2017 final. “There are big crowds, which there will be in Omaha, so it’s definitely a right kind of venue to have a World Cup qualifier.”
The class is part of the CSI4*–W, which runs November 2017. The rest of the show offers a wide array of equestrian competition, including coach horses, draft horse teams, Arabians, hunters and ponies.
Founded in 1922, the Royal is the largest combined indoor agricultural fair and international equestrian competition in the world. The horse show’s box seats, handed down among generations of families like heirlooms, are filled by men in tuxedoes or white tie and tails with the ladies favoring floor-length gowns in an array of stunning fabrics. A red-coated Mountie is always in the trophy presentations, which are done with appropriate pomp and circumstance.
Kent Farrington riding Voyeur claimed the 9th leg of the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping victory in Toronto
On Wednesday 8 November 2017, United States’ Kent Farrington on Voyeur earned first place at the Longines FEI World CupTM Jumping held in Toronto. Ireland’s Shane Sweetnam on Main Road slotted into second place followed by Sharn Wordley (NZL) riding Barnetta. As the Official Partner, Timekeeper and Watch of the Longines FEI World CupTM Jumping North American League series, the Swiss watchmaking brand Longines was delighted to grant the winner Kent Farrington with an elegant timepiece.