Horse of the Week: Cita

Daniel Coyle & Cita Ph. Kaitlyn Karssen for

Daniel Coyle and Cita (Casall x Pik Ramiro), have mastered the game of quiet consistency, but their success isn’t staying quiet anymore. The pair have been on a steady rise over the past two seasons, consistently earning results at the very top of the sport.

Now, their efforts have put them regularly in the headlines, with big wins since starting their winter season in Florida.

Their first of several notable victories this year was the $220,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Wellington CSI3*-W at the Palm Beach Masters in early February and now more recently, the $384,000 CSI5* Douglas Elliman Real Estate Grand Prix—the only double clear round in the class, and in the pouring rain no less!

Coyle didn’t always have the ride on the the 12-year-old Holsteiner mare. Fellow Irishman and friend, Conor Swail previously campaigned Cita. Before parting with former owners, Lothlorien Farm in 2016, Swail jumped her to multiple successes at Thunderbird and Spruce Meadows.

The NOELLE FLOYD/style Magazine Issue 7’s One to Watch admits that it takes him a longer time to develop a relationship with a horse; however, once Coyle took hold of the reins, it was a surprisingly short time before they started to click and start winning together.

After only one week of riding Cita, the pair clinched the $75,000 Rosenbaum Mollengarden Grand Prix at WEF 1 last January. (That’ll do Cita, that’ll do!)

From that point on, it was more of the same for the impressive little mare. A remarkably consistent 2017 season, she finished in the top-10 in no less than 22 classes throughout the year, including a double-clear FEI Nations Cup performance for Ireland at Thunderbird in Langley, B.C., and two CSI5* wins at Spruce Meadows, The Scotia bank Cup 1.55m , and one week prior, The Bantrel Cup 1.55m

“It took me a long time to figure out the way [Cita] likes to go best and the way that she jumps these bigger fences easiest,” Coyle commented after their World Cup win at the Palm Beach Masters. “When she’s on my side, she’ll do her best to jump everything she can, I think that’s what I love most about her.”


All photos ©Kaitlyn Karssen

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