Gazelle wins 2020 Horse Of The Year Titles

The U.S. Equestrian Federation announced on Jan. 16 that Gazelle has been voted the 2020 International Horse of the Year, and Pritchard Hill, Balmoral’s 9-year-old Oldenburg gelding, has been voted the 2020 National Horse of the Year by the USEF membership. Gazelle and Pritchard Hill were honored during the virtual USEF Pegasus and Horse of the Year Awards Celebration.

International Horse of the Year

Gazelle and Kent Farrington began their partnership in 2014, and since their debut, the pair has amassed an impressive record of wins and top finishes at many of the most prestigious competitions in the world, including the 2019 Rolex Grand Prix of Aachen (Germany), the 2017 International Jumping Riders Rolex Grand Prix of Geneva (Switzerland), and the 2016 ATCO Queen Elizabeth II Cup Grand Prix at Spruce Meadows (Alberta), alongside numerous other CSI5* wins. Robin Parsky and Farrington’s 15-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare (Kashmir van Shuttershof—Diva ‘Ter Elsen’, Indoctro) anchors Farrington’s talented string of quality horses.

In 2020, Farrington and Gazelle took home their biggest win of the year in the $213,000 American Gold Cup Grand Prix CSI4* hosted in Traverse City, Michigan, where they outpaced 15 other combinations in the jump-off. The pair also finished on the podium in the $401,000 Fidelity Investments Grand Prix CSI5* (Florida), placing second, and added a top-five finish in the $73,000 Equinimity WEF Challenge Cup CSI5* in Wellington, Florida.

“We are thrilled with our superstar horse who, to us, is Horse of the Year every year! [Gazelle] has been with us for seven years and has produced wonderful results each year, taking us all over the world,” said Parsky.

Press release

Kimberly Loushin Photo: Gazelle’s impressive record in 2020 earned her the 2020 USEF International Horse of the Year honor.