Show jumping star Kent Farrington began riding at age eight after seeing an old photo of his mother riding. He turned professional in 1999 and has been winning ever since. During his first three years as a professional, he earned more than $1 million in prize money and received the Maxine Beard Award. Originally from Chicago, the 40-year-old Farrington is now based in Wellington. He was on the gold winning U.S. jumping team at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara and took the team bronze at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto. He also won a bronze in team jumping at the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy. Farrington’s 2016 highlight was riding with the U.S. Equestrian Team at the Rio Olympics, where his team won the silver medal. He had some strong outings at last year’s WEF and was back in the saddle with wins during the summer and fall shows at PBIEC in the lead-up to this year’s festival.