DERRY’S Daniel Coyle claimed the biggest Show Jumping purse in the United States on Sunday, after he guided the Ariel Grange-owned ‘Legacy’ to top spot in the Great American $500,000 Grand Prix at HITS Ocala in Florida.
A thrilling 10-horse jump-off featuring athletes from six countries, saw Coyle and ‘Legacy’ post a winning clear in a time of 38.52 seconds, with Kristen Vanderveen (USA) and ‘Bull Run’s Risen’ finishing as runners-up in 39.14.
“I did my first ever five-star Nations Cup here many years ago, so I always have a good feeling about [HITS Ocala],” expressed Coyle. “Today, I showed that. It’s an amazing big arena, with nice jumps, prize money and people come. It’s as good as [anywhere in the world]. My other horses weren’t going to plan [in Wellington], so I decided not to use ‘Legacy’. Jordan [Coyle] said there’s a very good class in Ocala, so I decided perfect, I’ll go there, and luckily I won!”
Rowan Willis (AUS) and ‘Billy Guilder’ placed third, while Daniel Coyle’s older brother Jordan took fourth place with the Elan Farm-owned ‘Ariso’.
“I would say I had a big advantage today,” said Daniel. “I was third in the jump off, but already Jordan had as good a round as you probably could have, so that put pressure on me to go as fast as I could. Thankfully, that paid off because if he hadn’t done that, I maybe wouldn’t have put as much pressure on myself!”
Great American $500,000 Grand Prix: 1) Legacy, Daniel Coyle (IRL) Ariel Grange 0 38.526; 2) Bull Run’s Risen, Kristen Vanderveen (USA) Bull Run Jumpers Inc 0 39. 148; 3) Billy Guilder, Rowan Willis (AUS) Rowan Willis and Peter Moore 0 39.520; 4) Ariso, Jordan Coyle (IRL) Elan Farm 0 39.998; 5) Cellisto, Andre Thieme (GER) Andre Thieme 0 40.006; 6) Eddie Blue, Devin Ryan (USA) LL Show Jumpers, LLC 0 41.154.
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