Wellington, Florida, USA – March 19, 2021 – The six-year-old horses in the Developing Jumper Series Classic took center stage in the International Arena for a great contest featuring the future stars of the sport. The top-placing 25 entries from the series returned to contest the track but Christian Coyle (IRL) ultimately piloted C&C Willow to the winning title.
The Irishman rode his young Irish Sport Horse mount (Emerald Van’t Ruytershof x Cortynan Loughahoe Girl) through double-clear rounds with a leading time of 35.00 seconds.
Söhnke Theymann (GER) and Henrietta were the second fastest and fault-free combination to earn the red ribbon. Theymann and the Platinum Capital Management LLC-owned Holsteiner mare (Contefino x O Black Cherry) left all the fences standing with a time of 36.34 seconds.
The final top three honors were earned by Candice King (USA) and Ventura Z. King guided the Dutch Warmblood gelding (Cidane x Twirania Z), owned by Brock Clermont, towards double clear with a final time of 36.38 seconds.
Coyle has had the young mare since she was a four-year-old after seeing her at the Northern Ireland Championships.
“She has always been a brilliant horse,” Coyle explained. “I brought her to Florida at the end of last year with these classes in mind, and she has really been exceptional.”
C&C Willow not only won Friday’s Classic but also took the top spot in the qualifier for her division as well.
“She is everything you would look for in a young horse,” Coyle added. “She is very easy on the eyes, has a phenomenal jump, and I have yet to get to the end of her because she truly enjoys her work. She is one of the best horses I have sat on.”
Final Results – $15,000 Spy Coast Farm Developing Jumper Series Six-Year-Old Classic
1) Christian Coyle (IRL) & C&C Willow – 0 / 0 – 35
2) Sohnke Theymann (GER) & Henrietta – 0 / 0 – 36.345
3) Candice King (USA) & Ventura Z – 0 / 0 – 36.388
Source: Press release by Kate Pettersen / Jennifer Wood Media Inc. for ESP – Equestrian Sports Productions / PBIEC – Palm Beach International Equestrian Center
Photos: © Sportfot