Articles: Press Release
Canadian Kim Farlinger Celebrates Success in Kentucky
Photo Credit: Cealy Tetley
For Immediate Release:
May 16, 2005
Lexington, Kentucky: Canada's hottest rising star, Kim Farlinger,
opened her summer season with a credible third place finish in the
$25,000 Lexington Classic CSI Event during the Kentucky Spring Horse
Show May 11-15, aboard the impressive Dutch mare La Forza.
Held at the infamous Kentucky Horse Park, the Kentucky Spring Horse Show
hosts CSI internationally ranked events that draw top riders from
throughout North America to compete. A field of thirty-five competitors
took to the picturesque Johnson Ring to battle course designer Richard
Jeffery's twisting test that was long and arduous.
With ten clear rounds posted, the timed phase became a speed race
resembling events that have taken place in past years at the nearby
Churchill Downs Racetrack. Early on, it was the record holder for most
grand prix victories in one year, Aaron Vale, who was at the top of the
leader board with his talented mount Romulus in a time of 41.05 seconds.
With no one able to challenge the leading time successfully, Farlinger,
aboard the eight year old mare La Forza, opted to be fast but not full
out, and moved into second position behind Vale.
However, the class was far from over as former Olympian, Laura Kraut,
was determined to take the win and with all the skill of a seasoned
veteran, stole the victory with her speedy partner Allegiance in a
lightening fast time of 40.98 seconds. When the dust settled it was
Kraut on top, with Vale settling for second and Farlinger in third.
Maggie Jayne finished fourth with Jubulent and fellow Canadian Kelley
Small, opting for a cautious clear with her powerful grey gelding
Calibur, was fifth.
Twenty year old Farlinger, a native of Annan, Ontario, was thrilled with
the outcome today. "La Forza started jumping at the Grand Prix level
only a few months ago. She's a naturally fast horse, but to go as fast
as I would have needed to go in order to win wasn't the best plan.
She's still at the developing stages and it's not a wise training
philosophy at this point of her education and level of expertise,"
commented Farlinger. "I saw how the class was unfolding and my plan was
to be clear and quick enough to finish in the top three. I couldn't be
more pleased with the outcome today."
Farlinger was in the money two more times before the conclusion of the
week, including a ninth place finish in the $15,000 Bluegrass Derby with
La Forza and a fifth place finish in the $7,500 High Amateur Classic
with her newest talented mount, Cordoba.
Competition will resume in Kentucky May 18-22 with internationally
ranked events being held both Thursday and Sunday during the Kentucky