Jordan Coyle tasted success at the 2018 Winter Equestrian Festival at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, Florida, when riding Eristov to victory in the $35,000 Equinimity WEF Challenge Cup Round One.
There were 36 entries in the first round of the $35,000 competition and they competed over a course set by Eric Hasbrouck of the USA. Eleven were clear to continue to the jump-off, to which 10 returned. Coyle and Eristov were fourth in the jump-off order, and had to follow a very quick time of 37.999 seconds set by American Todd Minikus with Victorio 5.
Coyle and Eristov left a stride out in the first line and also in the line to the double combination, which led them to cross the finishing line in a winning time of 37.662 seconds. Minikus finished in second, while Briton Emily Mason and Explosion W took third in 39.008 seconds.
Jordan Coyle, who is a brother of the Irish international rider Daniel Coyle, is a professional rider for Old Salem Farm in North Salem, New York.
“I had no idea what to expect,” explained Coyle. “The horse this week jumped a few smaller classes. That was his first big class ever – he’s never jumped that big before. I knew he was good enough to jump it and after the first round, I was just happy with that. The jump-off was one of those rounds where everything just worked out. I’d say if I did it another ten times it would never happen like that again, so I suppose you could say it was luck. It wasn’t easy, but it suited him because he has such a big jump and a big step.”
The 2018 Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida, which began last Wednesday, continues until April 1st.