Calgary, Alberta, Canada – June 05, 2019 – The first day of the 2019 Spruce Meadows ‘National’ presented by Rolex brought warm weather and sunshine to the grounds. Competitors were out in full force for the afternoon’s $36,100 Friends of the Meadows 1.50m competition with 74 competitors on the start list.
Peter Grant (FEI Course Designer) inadvertently left left an option going into the final line and Ireland’s Jordan Coyle (IRL) and Bold Prinz, who were thirteenth into the International Ring took it. Jumping a piece of an on course island to take an inside track,
Coyle and the Polish Warmblood (Comets Prinz x Unknown) shaved seconds off his time making it impossible to catch him. Many riders tried to catch Coyle’s time of 64.60 seconds, but those who surpassed or came close found themselves with a rail or two on course.
Australia’s Rowan Willis (AUS) came in second with clear round and a time of 69.79 seconds followed by Spruce Meadows rider Nikolaj Hein Ruus (DEN) who picked up both third and fourth.
Winner’s Circle – Jordan Coyle
“Definitely it was the plan to go over the flowers, maybe it wasn’t the plan to be as fast. I thought there would be a lot more people faster” – Jordan Coyle (IRL) on his plan going into the competition.”
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Source: Press release from Spruce Meadows Media Services
Photo: © Spruce Meadows Media / Mike Sturk