Langley, Canada – May 31, 2019 – Daniel Coyle (IRL) and CHS Krooze won the $36,500 Friends of Tbird CSI 2* yesterday during the Odlum Brown BC Open CSIO 5* at the Thunderbird Show Park in Langley, Canada.
Last to go in an 11-horse jump-off, the Irishman and the 9-year-old bay Irish Sport Horse mare (Kroongraaf x Cruise Oak) sped straight to the top of the $36,500 class.
Coyle owns the mare outright, and the duo bested Denmark’s Nikolaj Hein Ruus (DEN) and Chili Pepper SM by nearly a second. The winning pair finished Holmes’ jump-off in 36.60 seconds without having any penalties attributed to them. Hein Ruus’ time was 37.55 seconds, while Rodrigo Lambre (BRA) and Conandro finished third backed by a penalty-free effort in 38.68 seconds.
“It was a very fast jump-off,” Coyle said. “I was hoping I wouldn’t have had to go so fast, but the class ended up getting faster and faster. My horse is incredibly fast and very careful, so I was lucky to have her at the end of the class to have a go at it.”
Coyle acquired the mare through a friend in Ireland, Peter Smyth, who campaigned her in the young horse divisions as an 8-year-old. Over the winter, Coyle gave her experience in the U-25 divisions in Wellington before stepping up to open FEI company.
“I always try to have a couple horses of my own, but it’s nice to have one at the top of the sport,” Coyle said. “She’s special, as most mares are, but if they’re on your side, there’s nothing better, I believe! She gives her heart every single time.”
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Source: Press release (edited) from Chris Pack for Thunderbird Show Park
Photos: © Cealy Tetley Photography
Categories: CSI 2*