Invitational Grand Prix

Third win for Farrington at The New Albany Classic CSI 2*

$2 million raised for The Center for Family Safety and Healing in the 20th Anniversary Year

[New Albany, Ohio] September 24, 2017 – 30 international horse and rider combinations took to the John G. McCoy Show Field today at the New Albany, Ohio home of Abigail and Leslie Wexner to compete for $125,000 in prize money and the chance to have their name on the perpetual Authentic Cup trophy. After an incredible jump off of six duos, Kent Farrington and Amalaya Investment’s Voyeur claimed the cup before a crowd of 15,000 cheering fans. This was the 20th anniversary of The New Albany Classic Invitational Grand Prix & Family Day, which has raised a total of $32 million to support family violence initiatives in central Ohio through The Center for Family Safety and Healing (TCFSH). Currently ranked number one in the world and fresh off of a win at the Central Park Horse Show, this was Farrington’s third win in New Albany, having won with Up Chiqui in 2010 and in 2013 aboard Blue Angel. 

“We are so grateful for the support of the show jumping community, our sponsors, volunteers, community partners and fans who come out to spend the day in New Albany to help advance the efforts of The Center,” said Abigail Wexner, founder and host. “When we created The New Albany Classic 20 years ago I don’t think any of us had an inkling that it would develop into the #1 specialty equestrian event in North America, let alone raise $32 million. I am proud of the impact The Center is having on families every day in central Ohio and I’m humbled by the generosity of so many who continue to make this work possible.”

“Thanks to the support of Classic donors we have come far with the work but this is a journey that requires vigilance,” said Karen Days, president of The Center for Family Safety and Healing. “By continuing to educate the community about this issue, advocate for victims and expand the reach of our programming to more people we can help repair lives and break the cycle of family violence.”

The beautiful Richard Jeffery-designed course proved challenging, with only six duos going clear to make it into the jump off including hometown favorite Ali Wolff, who piloted her own Casall to a strong 4th place finish with friends and family cheering her on from the sidelines. 

“It was good to be back at New Albany, especially after today’s results,” said Kent Farrington.  “The crowd is terrific and Voyeur jumped very well, even with the heat. I’m proud to post my third New Albany win and appreciate all that Abigail Wexner does to further the sport.”

Rounding out the top finishers, Daniel Bluman continued his strong run and was a close second to Farrington aboard his own Sancha LS.  Farrington finished the jump off in 38.84 seconds while Bluman came in at 38.89 seconds in a nail biter.  Margie Engle was third with the impressive DICAS, an 8 year-old gelding owned by Gladewinds, Storm Ridge CAP and Showhorses, Inc.  It was Ali Wolff’s second best finish in her nine appearances in New Albany.

“The New Albany Classic is one of my favorite events of the year,” said Daniel Bluman.  “It’s a wonderful venue with a great atmosphere and I fully support The Center for Family Safety and Healing’s goal to restore hope to families impacted by domestic violence.”

The complete class results were as follows:

  RIDER HORSE FAULTS TIME J/O FAULTS J/O TIME
1 Kent Farrington VOYEUR 0 84.04 0 38.84
2 Daniel Bluman SANCHA LS 0 85.26 0 38.89
3 Margie Engle DICAS 0 85.12 0 43.86
4 Ali Wolff CASALL 0 84.73 4 42.31
5 Michael Morrissey LA LOPEZ 3 0 85.98 4 42.46
6 Samuel Parot ROMANCE DU CRIOLO 0 80.75 8 39.54
7 Christine McCrea NEKTARINA 1 87.36
8 Leslie Howard DONNA SPECIALE 4 80.34
9 Kristen Vanderveen EMHILAVSCA FORTUNA 4 81.6
10 Kevin Babington DOUBLE O SEVEN 7 4 82.84
11 Beezie Madden SIMON 4 84.07
12 Santiago Lambre DINGEMAN 4 84.16
13 Andrew Bourns CHS INCEPTION 4 86.96
14 Brittni Raflowitz HILTON VAN DE BREEPOEL 5 87.66
15 McLain Ward HH GIGI’S GIRL 5 89.02
16 Keean White Z DIAMANTY 6 91.42
17 Alberto Michan HANDY VAN HD 8 84.27
18 Alison Robitaille SERISE DU BIDOU 8 85.19
19 Andrew Welles SERPICO 9 88.25
20 Ilan Bluman ENZO 9 88.74
21 Lauren Tisbo CORIANDOLO DI RIBANO 9 89.06
22 Katherine Dinan DOUGIE DOUGLAS 9 89.5
23 Brianne Goutal VIVA COLOMBIA 10 91.34
24 Sharn Wordley CASPER 12 82.5
25 Madison Goetzmann PRESTIGIOUS 12 85.75
26 Callan Solem DAVIDSON 13 88.63
27 Jonathan McCrea D CAROLUS 13 104.06
9999 Paul O’Shea SKARA GLEN’S PRESENCE ret.
9999 Andrew Kocher PROF DE LA ROQUE ret.
9999 Adrienne Sternlicht HOPE STREET elim.

Denise Moriarity with Kent Farrington’s team was awarded the groom’s prize, which was established three years ago to recognize and celebrate the skill and expertise necessary to support a winning horse and rider combination.

In addition to the thrilling Grand Prix, Classic guests heard multi-platinum and Grammy nominated recording artist Nick Jonas perform live on an expanded Classic stage after the Grand Prix class as part of the 20th anniversary celebration. This was the second time performing at the event for Jonas, who kicked off the Concert at The Classic series in 2007 as part of The Jonas Brothers.

The daylong family festival included a variety of hands-on activities, ranging from farm tours to carnival rides, strolling entertainers, food trucks, sports experiences and more. The Dance, Sing, Science & Roar! Stage kept audiences captivation with special entertainment from BalletMet, Columbus Children’s Theatre, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and COSI. Jarett Andretti of the legendary Andretti racing family made his debut appearance at The Classic, meeting with guests and signing exclusive autographs. Guests also helped create a one-of-a-kind tapestry, sponsored by Sunny 95 and Columbus College of Art and Design’s (CCAD) Community Education Program, which will soon be installed at TCFSH, its permanent home. Local musician Anthony Mossburg kicked off the Concert at The Classic, as he was selected among 350 entries to perform through a special promotion with the Columbus Songwriters Association (CSA). The Grand Prix Opening Ceremony additionally featured moving performances by The Harmony Project, Momentum and Peggy Kriha Dye of Opera Columbus. Together, this action-packed family day in tandem with the ultimate show jumping showdown created a memorable experience for guests of all ages.

About The New Albany Classic Invitational Grand Prix & Family Day

The New Albany Classic Invitational Grand Prix & Family Day presented by JPMorgan Chase and Co. is celebrating its 20th anniversary on Sunday, September 24 from 10:00am to 5:00pm at the Wexner home in New Albany, Ohio. The event raises more than $1.7 million annually for The Center for Family Safety and Healing and features a lively country fair for families, Concert at The Classic and an international show jumping competition among Olympic equestrians and their mounts for $125,000 in prize money. Since its inception, The Classic has raised more than $30 million to support The Center for Family Safety and Healing to break the cycle of family violence and to restore hope. The Classic has been named the #1 Specialty Equestrian Event by the North American Riders Group for four consecutive years. 

About The Center for Family Safety and Healing

The Center for Family Safety and Healing fully addresses all aspects of family violence, including child abuse and neglect, teen dating abuse, domestic violence, and elder abuse. Our multidisciplinary team approach includes a one-stop, coordinated response to family violence for individuals and families through partnerships with law enforcement, child protective services, prosecution, and a wide range of community resources along with an expanded forum for education, advocacy, and ongoing research. Partners include CHOICES for Victims of Domestic Violence, Columbus Division of Police Special Victims Bureau, Franklin County Children Services, Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office, Nationwide Children’s Behavioral Health Services, and Nationwide Children’s Division of Child and Family Advocacy. Visit www.FamilySafetyandHealing.org for more information.

About JPMorgan Chase & Co.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) employs 19,000 people in Columbus and central Ohio, making it the region’s largest corporate employer. It is a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.5 trillion and operations worldwide. The Firm is a leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers and small businesses, commercial banking, financial transaction processing, and asset management. A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, JPMorgan Chase & Co. serves millions of consumers in the United States and many of the world’s most prominent corporate, institutional and government clients under its JPMorgan and Chase brands. Information about JPMorgan Chase & Co. is available at www.JPMorganChase.com.

Top Riders Go Head-to-Head Once Again in New Albany

Field Features #1 and #3 Ranked Riders in the World, Competitors from the United States, Ireland, Canada, Mexico, Israel, New Zealand, Chile, and Colombia

The 2016 New Albany Classic Invitational winner and #3 in the world, McLain Ward, and the #1 ranked rider in the world, Kent Farrington, are expected to compete in the ultimate show jumping showdown this year in New Albany, Ohio. Celebrating its 20th year, the internationally-sanctioned New Albany Classic Invitational Grand Prix & Family Day will host the top equestrians from around the globe competing for a chance to add their name to the Authentic Cup. Two top contenders this year, Ward and Farrington, have been battling it out at the top of the FEI Longines Global Rankings since the beginning of 2017.

Both athletes have been posting incredible results this year with two-time Olympic gold medalist Ward dominating the 2017 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Finals in April, clearing every fence through four rounds of competition to claim the World Cup title for the first time aboard his mare HH Azur. Ward’s streak has included consistent wins at Spruce Meadows (CAN), Aachen (GER), Devon (PA), North Salem (NY), Wellington (FL) and more.

Farrington’s run has been equally impressive as he has held the #1 spot in the global rankings throughout the summer due to his top results at Spruce Meadows, Valence (FRA), Aachen (GER), Madrid (ESP), Windsor (GBR), Miami (FL), Wellington (FL) and more. In July, Farrington added a third ATCO Queen Elizabeth Cup to his resume of major wins at the Spruce Meadows’ North American tournament.

At the most recent Spruce Meadows Masters Tournament in Calgary, Alberta, Farrington won the Friends of the Meadows Cup aboard Gazelle. That same weekend also at Spruce Meadows, Ward was the top U.S. finisher (3rd Place) in the $1 million CP International Presented by Rolex 1.70m CSIO5* class aboard Luciana.

Not to be out done at Spruce Meadows, the most decorated show jumping athlete in Olympic history, Beezie Madden, posted the only triple clear rounds of any rider in the Spruce Meadows’ BMO Nations Cup competition aboard Abigail Wexner’s Darry Lou. Madden’s stellar results captured Nations Cup gold for the Hermes U.S. Show Jumping Team, beating Brazil and Germany, who took silver and bronze, respectively. Madden has always been a reliable anchor in international competitions, helping the United States Olympic Show Jumping Team win gold in 2004, gold in 2008 and silver in 2016.

Madden’s other notable international wins this summer with Abigail Wexner’s Breitling LS, whom she rode to second place in last year’s New Albany Classic, include the Duncan Ross Cup at Spruce Meadows, the Prix MMA 1.50m in Valence (FR) and the STAWAG Prix 1.50m in Aachen (GER). In the Rolex/USEF Show Jumping Ranking List for September 8th Madden was named Rider of the Week and Breitling LS was named Horse of the Week. A fan favorite in New Albany, Madden is always one to watch in any competition, here or abroad.

Fresh off three very strong FEI wins at The Hampton Classic over Labor Day weekend, 27-year-old Daniel Bluman is in the midst of an incredible run. Bluman took first place aboard Ladriano Z at the $300,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix CSI4*, besting Brianne Goutal and McLain Ward for the win. Earlier during The Hampton Classic weekend, Bluman won the $40,000 Sovaro Speed Stake and the $86,000 Grand Prix qualifier, both on his mare, Bacara. This will be Bluman’s 5th appearance at The Classic, with his highest place finishes thus far a 3rd in 2014 and a 4th in 2012.

The dominating presence from Farrington, Ward and Madden does not discount New Albany native and rising professional Ali Wolff, who is due for another top three Classic finish this year. Wolff most recently was 2nd aboard Casall in the $86,600 CSI3* Grand Prix at Anglestone (CAN). Aboard Quirie 2, Wolff finished third in the Grand Prix of Mons Ghlin in Belgium and fifth in May at Devon (PA) International Speed Stake CSI4*. She was sixth in the Commonwealth Grand Prix at Kentucky Spring Horse Show on Casall, the same horse Wolff piloted in Nations Cup competition, helping Team USA earn a 2nd place finish in the Nations Cup in Wellington (FL) and a 5th place in Nations Cup competition in July in Falsterbo (SWE).

The 20th anniversary edition New Albany Classic expects to host these decorated equestrians along with other Nations Cup, Pan American Games and Olympic riders on the John G. McCoy Show Field to compete for $125,000 in prize money and their name on the Authentic Cup perpetual trophy:

  • Kevin Babington (USA)
  • Daniel Bluman (ISR)
  • Ilan Bluman (COL)
  • Andrew Bourns (IRL)
  • Katie Dinan (USA)
  • Margie Engle (USA)
  • Kent Farrington (USA)
  • Eugenio Garza Perez (MEX)
  • Madison Goetzmann (USA)
  • Leslie Howard (USA)
  • Andy Kocher (USA)
  • Santiago Lambre (Brazil)
  • Beezie Madden (USA)
  • Christine McCrea (USA)
  • Jon McCrea (USA)
  • Alberto Michan (MEX)
  • Michael Morrissey (USA)
  • Paul O’Shea (IRL)
  • Samuel Parot (CHI)
  • Brittni Raflowitz (USA)
  • Alison Robitaille (USA)
  • Callan Solem (USA)
  • Adrienne Sternlicht (USA)
  • Lauren Tisbo (USA)
  • Kristen Vanderveen (USA)
  • McLain Ward (USA)
  • Andrew Welles (USA)
  • Keean White (CAN)
  • Ali Wolff (USA)
  • Sharn Wordley (NZL)