Calgary, Alberta, Canada – September 04, 2019 – Daniel Coyle (IRL) and Cita won the $36,100 Telus Cup CSI 5* on Wednesday during the ‘Masters’ Tournament CSIO 5* at Spruce Meadows in Calgary, Province of Alberta, Canada.
Mother Nature brought clear skies and sunshine to opening day of the 2019 Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ CSIO 5* Tournament. The $36,100 Telus Cup CSI 5* was the first FEI competition of the day and 67 horse/rider combinations took to the International Ring hoping to make it into the winner’s circle.
The Telus Cup CSI 5* is a qualifying competition for both the Suncor Winning Round (Saturday) and the CP ‘International’, presented by Rolex (Sunday). Nineteen riders piloted their mounts through round one fault free to qualify for the jump-off – one step closer to qualifying for the weekend events.
Canadian rider Eric Lamaze (CAN) aboard Chacco Kid (Chacco-Blue x Come On), held the lead in the jump off with a quick clear ride in a time of 37.22 seconds but was knocked out of top spot by Brazilian Eduardo Menezes (BRA) and Ennebel van het Posthuijs (Numero Uno x Argentinus) who stopped the timers in 36.65 seconds.
It came down to the final rider of the competition, Daniel Coyle (IRL) and Cita, a 13-year-old Holsteiner mare (Casall x Pik Ramiro) who saw great success during the 2019 Spruce Meadows Summer Series, bested them all with a clear ride and time of 36.24 seconds over the 325m track.
Coyle, Menezes and Lamaze have now all qualified for the CP ‘International’, presented by Rolex on Sunday.
Daniel Coyle (IRL) hoisting the Telus Cup CSI 5*
“It’s always been one of my favourite shows (the Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’) and you always come here trying to get off to a good start and thankfully I did today. Cita is an incredible mare, she’s incredibly fast and sometimes it’s an advantage having guys like them (Eric Lamaze and Eduardo Menezes) in front of you so you know what you have to do.” – Daniel Coyle (IRL) on his win in the 2019 Telus Cup.
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Source: Spruce Meadows Media
Photos: © Spruce Meadows Media / Mike Sturk