Jordan Coyle (IRL) recorded the biggest win of his career when he topped a two-horse jump-off with Eristov to win the $1,910,000 (~$100,000 U.S. dollars) Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Leon CSI 4*-W, the newest leg on the North American League.
Coyle, 25, and the 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (Cicero Z Van Paemel x Concorde) had the disadvantageous position of having to jump first over Anderson Lima’s (BRA) shortened track at the Leon Equestrian Club.
Salvador Onate (MEX) & Big Red
However, after crossing the timers in 40.37 seconds, they put the pressure on Salvador Onate (MEX) and Big Red (Ludwig von Bayern x Lamoureux I), who were fresh off a win in the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Guadalajara just two weeks prior. That pair settled for second with their 41.96-second clear round.
Federico Fernandez (MEX) & Davidoff
Federico Fernandez (MEX) and Davidoff (Olympic Fire 5 x Paradiesvogel) finished third, having recorded just a single time fault in the first round.
“My horse is naturally very fast,” Coyle said. “Going first, I wasn’t sure what to do, as I’m new to Mexico [and this show circuit]. I went as fast as I could go, and it worked.”
Clear rounds were hard to come by in the first round, as Coyle didn’t crack the code to a faultless performance until more than halfway through the class. Even an increase in the time allowed from 79 to 81 seconds only benefited Onate; Coyle was the only competitor to jump the first round cleanly and within the original time allowed.
Jordan Coyle (IRL) & Eristov during their lap of honor
“On a day like this, I don’t think that there are many horses in the world that are as good as him,” Coyle said. “This is without a doubt my biggest win so far.”
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Source: Press release by Catie Staszak for FEI – Fédération Equestre Internationale
Photos: © FEI / Anwar Esquivel
Categories: Longines FEI World Cup Jumping