Daniel Coyle has begun Week 10 of the Winter Equestrian Festival in Florida with a win in the $36,000 Douglas Elliman CSI 3* 1.45m class.
Twenty-four-year-old Coyle and the Canadian Sport Horse mare Tienna stopped the clock in 27.98 seconds, beating Brazilian Eduardo Menezes aboard H5 Uchingo into second (28.37secs) with another Irish rider, Conor Swail, taking third place with Captain in 28.71 seconds.
Italian combination Lorenzo De Luca and Cheindira were fourth in a time of 28.81 seconds, while Offaly’s Darragh Kenny, riding Billy Dorito, rounded out the top five in 29.13 seconds.
Coyle heaped praise on Tienna following his win, admitting:
“For me, Tienna has always been special; she’s probably the most talented horse I have ever ridden. It usually takes me the whole WEF circuit to get her built up, which may be frustrating to some people but in the end she could win the biggest class in the world so taking the first eight weeks of the year to get her on my side is worth it.”
Competition at the 2019 Winter Equestrian Festival continues until Sunday with Irish riders set to compete in a number of classes.
Result: $36,000 Douglas Elliman CSI 3* 1.45m Classic
1 Tienna and Daniel Coyle, 0/0/27.98 seconds.
2 H5 Uchingo and Eduardo Menezes, 0/0/28.37 seconds.
3 Captain and Conor Swail, 0/0/28.71 seconds.
4 Cheindira and Lorenzo De Luca, 0/0/28.81 seconds.
5 Billy Dorito and Darragh Kenny, 0/0/29.13 seconds.