Twenty-five-year-old Jordan Coyle recorded the biggest win of his career to-date when winning the Longines FEI World Cup Grand Prix at Leon in Mexico with the 10-year-old gelding Eristov.
Just two of the 21 starters managed to jump clear in the opening round, with Derry-born Coyle drawn first to go in the jump-off. Coyle crossed the line clear in 40.37 seconds to put the pressure on Mexico’s Salvador Onate and Big Red, who were fresh off a win in the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup in Guadalajara just two weeks previously. Onate would have to settle for second place on this occasion after a clear in 41.96 seconds failed to beat the target set by Ireland’s Coyle. Federico Fernandez (MEX) and Davidoff finished third, having recorded just a single time fault in the first round.
The result has moved Coyle up to 16th place on the FEI World Cup North American Western Sub-League, with one more round remaining at Live Oak in Florida before the 2019 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Final in Gothenburg, Sweden.
The first five-star Grand Prix at the 2019 Winter Equestrian Festival in Florida on Saturday saw Kilkenny’s Richie Moloney take third place on the podium with The Irish Sport Horse Rocksy Music. A massive $391,000 was up for grabs in the Fidelity Investments sponsored competition at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, with 18 of the 40 starters making it into the jump-off.
Moloney and Rocksy Music crossed the finish line clear in 34.42 seconds for third place. Co Down’s Conor Swail and Flower finished just off the podium in fourth (34.69 seconds), while Daniel Coyle finished sixth with Quintin in 34.90 seconds. Victory went to Switzerland’s Martin Fuchs with Clooney after they set an unbeatable target of clear in 33.13 seconds.
Ireland’s Darragh Kenny and Shane Sweetnam finished in second and third place respectively, behind American Kristen Vanderveen and Bull Run’s Prince of Peace in the $72,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Classic at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Florida.
The USA rider sped around the jump-off course, going clear in 39.42 seconds for the win. The runner-up spot went to Darragh Kenny on Important de Muze, who stopped the timers in 40.28 seconds, with Cork’s Shane Sweetnam and Alejandro placing third in 40.58 seconds.
Conor Swail, riding Koss Van Heiste finished in 6th position, having gone clear in 43.24 seconds.