Jordan Coyle and Picador have claimed their third win at Spruce Meadows in Canada, while Shane Breen and American Jessica Springsteen won the Global Champions League event in Paris on Saturday.
Jordan Coyle and Picador won The Imperial Winning Round, a class jumped over two rounds. Throughout the week riders rode the various 1.50m competition in hopes of making the overall top 30 which qualified them to compete in the weekend event. The top ten riders from the first round return for the second or Winning Round in their reverse order of ranking.
Second to go in the Winning Round was American McLain Ward who laid down the time to beat of 51.68 seconds. Canadian Mario Deslauriers aboard Amsterdam 27 rose to the challenge and crossed the finish line in a time of 51.56 seconds, but it was not enough. Jordan Coyle had the fastest clear ride in the round one positioning him to go last in the Winning Round. With his quick partner Picador, the two mastered the track and crossed the finish line clear with a time of 50.66 seconds to take the win:
“He’s (Picador) unbelievable , I’ve never had a horse quite like him. He’s always ready to go and just fast. I can trust him to jump the jumps and that makes my job easier” said the winning rider after their third win of the 2019 Spruce Meadows Summer Series.
In Paris, Tipperary’s Shane Breen and American Jessica Springsteen won the Global Champions League event there for the Miami Celtics team.
Breen and Springsteen were on a zero score in second place following Friday’s opening competition, slightly behind leaders St Tropez Pirates who had a faster time.
Saturday’s decider saw the American jump clear with RMF Zecilie, adding just a time fault. Breen matched that score when finishing with a time fault aboard Ipswich Van De Wolfsakker to leave the Celtics on a final score of two faults.
When St Tropez Pirates first rider, Edwina Tops-Alexander knocked a pole with Veronese Teamjoy, Miami Celtics were crowned winners.
St Tropez Pirates finished as runners-up while Shanghai Swans took third place on the podium.
The Paris result moves the Miami Celtics team, which also includes Galway’s Michael Duffy, up to second place on the league table just three points behind leaders Shanghai Swans.