The 2020 International Horse of the Year, Kent Farrington and Robin Parsky’s Gazelle has truly made winning a habit over the course of the last eight years, and at 15 years old, this mare is still at the top of her game.
The winner of the 2019 Rolex Grand Prix of Aachen; the 2017 International Jumping Riders Rolex Grand Prix of Geneva (which she will attempt to win a second time in 2021); and the 2016 ATCO Queen Elizabeth II Cup Grand Prix at Spruce Meadows, among others, Farrington and Gazelle just won again against a star-studded field in the CSI4*-W Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Lexington at the 2021 National Horse Show.
Farrington considers this mare to be among the best in the world, and with good reason. Epitomizing the modern show jumping athlete, Gazelle is fast, careful, scopey, brave…put simply, she’s just a bit extra.
We’ve collected just a few of her best moments:
The 2017 International Jumping Riders Rolex Grand Prix of Geneva CSI5*
“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.”
The 2019 Rolex Grand Prix of Aachen CSIO5*
“It is such an impressive list of fantastic riders, who have won the Grand Prix of Aachen. I am so proud to now be one of them!”
“Gazelle has helped me fight my way back to the top again.”
2020 American Gold Cup Grand Prix CSI5*
“The trophy is filled with some of the best riders in our sport and some of my heroes growing up from American riding and I’m a two-time winner because I have such an exceptional horse in Gazelle and she really delivered and showed her stuff today.”
2017 Rolex Grand Prix CSI5* at Tryon
“She’s a very sweet horse at home. She likes everybody and she likes attention, but in the ring she’s an unbelievable competitor. I don’t know how many Grand Prix classes she’s won this year, but I always can count on her and when she’s in the jump-off I can really call on her and take big risks. She’s incredibly careful, so I’m not worried about the jumps, but try to not make any mistakes and stay out of her way.”
2017 ATCO Queen Elizabeth II Cup CSI5*
“I don’t want to say I am totally surprised, because I always thought she was a very good horse. I got her when she was seven, and I have been bringing her along now for the last few years. I always had hopes that she would be where she is today, so I am very pleased.”