After a successful season at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida, on Friday, June 16, 2017, 23-year-old Daniel Coyle of Ireland captured his third international win of the 2017 Spruce Meadows Summer Series in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Piloting the 11-year-old Holsteiner mare Cita (Casall x Pik Ramiro), Coyle bested a field of 50 to secure a 1st place finish in The Scotiabank Cup 1.55m CSI5*. The 12-obstacle-course designed by Leopoldo Palacios Jugo of Venezuela had an allowed time of 72 s, and 18 riders went without fault to make it into the final round.
Coyle produced a leading time of 37.79 seconds in the jump off, nearly two seconds faster than the competition.
“I think I ended up changing my mind about 10 times over the first round course, and I kept asking myself if I should do three or four from the liverpool to the skinny,” said Coyle. “I made up my mind and I was set on doing three, but I ended up doing four. Cita really doesn’t want to knock a fence down which makes my job so much easier. All I have to do is steer, and when I do it right, she is simply incredible.”
One week ago, the duo picked up a win in The Bantrel Cup 1.55m. During the first week of the Summer Series. Coyle piloted the 11-year-old Selle Francais gelding Simba de La Roque (Kannan x Allegreto) to a victory in the $35,500 Friends of Langley Grand Prix CSIO4*.
For 2nd place, Sameh El Dahan of Egypt rode the 13-year-old Irish Sport Horse mare Sumas Zorro (Ard Vdl Douglas x Unknown) to a final time of 39.08 s.
“My teammate Joanne and I came up with a great plan for the jump off, and I wanted to put down the pressure in the first half knowing that my mare is so careful and has so much quality,” said El Dahan. “I went in and took the first jump and was able to hit every stride just as planned, and Zorro jumped with pure class. I played things a little bit too safe coming around to the last oxer, and I do think that’s what caught me behind the pace of Daniel.”
The USA’s Ashlee Bond and the 13-year-old SLS mare Chela LS (Chapuitepec La Silla x Tlaloc la Silla) finished with a time of 39.66 to close out the podium finishes in 3rd place.
“I felt much better about the jump off round,” said Bond. “Chela had a few days off and there was no doubt that I had a very fresh horse, so I knew that I needed to take my time for the first part of the jump off. I didn’t have the opportunity to see the others go in the jump off but I know how fast they are. My horse is exceptionally good on the long gallops and this course had a lot of spots for us to run, so I think that’s where I was able to make up the time and I was thrilled to have made it into the top three.”
Earlier in the year, Bond and Chela made their comeback with a win in the $100,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Thermal Win. Most recently, Bond and the 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding Ace of Hearts won the $35,000 Artisan Farms Nations Welcome at Thunderbird Horse Park in Langley, British Columbia.
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Tiffany Foster and Brighton Win the AltaGas Cup at Spruce Meadows
In a field of 60 competitors, Canada’s leading lady rider Tiffany Foster and the 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding Brighton (Contendro II x Quick Star) secured a 1st place finish in the AltaGas Cup at Spruce Meadows in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
The 12-obstacle-course had an allowed time of 82 s, with the shortened track seeing 7 obstacles and 50 s on the clock. 8 riders made it to the jump off, with Foster putting up and unbeatable time of 41.40 to take home the red ribbon.
“He is just one of my favorite horses of all time, and no matter the size or the speed of the competition, this horse tries so hard every time he’s in the ring – I just love him,” said Foster. “I have to be careful that I don’t always ask him to stretch beyond what he’s capable of. I know that [his efforts] are from his heart, so I want to make sure that every time he goes in the ring he wants to keep trying. I make sure that I keep throwing in competitions that aren’t at the limit of his efforts, and I stick to that plan because I feel that it keeps him competitive and happy.”
Foster and Brighton are coming off of their 2nd place team finish in the FEI Nations Cup CSIO4* Langley.
Beezie Madden and the 8-year-old Oldenburg gelding Con Taggio (Contagio x Golliath Life) rode to 2nd place with a time of 42.68 seconds. Cameron Hanley of Ireland piloted the 8-year-old Holsteiner gelding Quirex (Quirado x Concept) to 3rd place with a time of 42.84 seconds.
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