Wellington, FL – March 30, 2018 – The final week of the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) continued at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center on Friday, March 30.
Victory went to Brazil’s Francisco José Mesquita Musa (BRA) riding Sharapova Império Egípcio in the $35,000 Douglas Elliman 1.45m CSI5* and there was a win for Irish rider Jordan Coyle aboard Eristov in the $35,000 Wanderers Club 1.45m CSI2* on Friday. WEF continues through April 1 and offers more than $9 million in prize money.
Later on the day, Coyle ended his circuit in just the same way it began after a win in the $35,000 Equinimity WEF Challenge Cup Round 1 during the first week of the season. Both top placings came aboard Eristov, a nine-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (Cicero Z Van Paemel x Concorde) owned by Elan Farm.
Returning third in Friday’s 1.45m, Coyle was one of 11 riders to advance to Jorge’s jump-off track from an original field of 63. His time of 33.06 seconds held on for the win, dropping Matthew Metell (USA) to second in 33.46 seconds riding Donchalant for owner Wolver Hollow. Javier Fernandez (MEX) rounded out the top three in 34.06 seconds aboard End Good All Good, owned by Miguel Madero.
“This is a spectacular horse,” said Coyle, who rides for Old Salem Farm based in North Salem, NY, and got the ride on Eristov at the end of 2017. “I knew he was going to be great the first time I sat on him and I think he proved that this winter. I have to thank my team at Old Salem Farm and my owner, Elan Farm, for their support in helping me and the horse find success.”
Jordan Coyle (IRL) & Eristov in their presentation ceremony with ringmaster Steve Rector.
Coyle and Eristov will contest the $50,000 Wanderers Club Grand Prix CSI2* on Sunday during the final day of competition at the 2018 WEF.
“Eristov has definitely earned himself some time off in the paddock as soon as we return home to North Salem,” concluded Coyle.
Morgan Bordat (FRA) & Uma (Calvaro x Veneur d’Etenclin) matched the winners’ fault-free performance, stopping the timers in 30.04 seconds.
Mario Wilson Fernandes (POR) & Tidelio des Nauves (Fidelio du Thot x Socrate de Chivre) claimed the third spot on the podium with a penalty-free performance, going through the final timers in 30.60 seconds.
Full Results here.
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