American Olympic team silver medalist Kent Farrington has proven once more why the Longines World No. 1 ranked rider armband rests securely on his show jacket with another thrilling win during the $380,000 Rolex Grand Prix CSI5* at Tryon International Equestrian Center in North Carolina on Saturday, October 21, 2017.

Farrington and Robin Parsky’s Gazelle jumped double clear to best a field of 33 horse and rider combinations ultimately claiming the victory in the biggest “Saturday Night Lights” event of the 2017 season. At this point the careful, 11-year-old, Belgian Warmblood mare (Kashmir van Schuttershof x Indoctro) is one of Farrington’s veteran horses. Extensive international placings throughout her career, Gazelle brought home a total of ten victories in 2016, and now seven so far this season. Needless to say, this charming bay mare is used to shaving off those extra seconds that makes the difference between the great and the best.

Here’s everything you need to know about the horse Farrington describes as, “typical of what I try to buy: a very careful horse.”

  1. Gazelle loves human attention but hates other horses in her personal space.
  2. Farrington found her as a 7-year-old at Stephex Stables in Belgium.
  3. Gazelle is a mother with more than five foals. Many of those foals have been embryo transfers.
  4. And at the young age of 10, Gazelle is already a grandmother with at least three grand-foals. Her youngest grandson was sold at the Stud 111 goal auction in Zandhoven in April of this season.
  5. She loves to take naps in the paddock.
  6. She really enjoys getting her hair and nails done.
  7. She is extremely intelligent. Gazelle can recognize voices very well.
  8. She wears EquiFit Knock Knee boots. 
  9. Gazelle doesn’t like to wear an ear bonnet. She never wears one during competition.
  10. She seems to really know what it takes to win and loves to do exactly that.

-As told to NF Style