Calgary, Alberta, Canada – September 15, 2021 – The first day of the Spruce Meadows ‘North American’, presented by Rolex, started with a win from Jordan Coyle (IRL) and Aristo in the TC Energy Cup.
The 1.50m course, designed by Peter Grant (CAN), had a time allowed of 76 seconds over a 505m track. Eight horses and riders qualified for the jump-off, which had a 53 second time allowed, and saw 4 athletes go clear: Carlos Hank Gueirrero (MEX), Nayel Nassar (EGY), Matthew Sampson (GBR), and, of course, Coyle.
While the footing held up great against the steady rainfall throughout the day, many riders were distracted by rain. Coyle, though, was not particularly bothered by the soggy weather.
“I don’t mind the rain, I come from the rain,” he told reporters, smiling. Following his win, he spoke more to his previous performances at Spruce Meadows. “Last year, or two years ago, when I was here, I said “If you don’t win the first day, you can’t win them all“, and I was lucky enough to win them all that year.”
Final Results – €36,900 TC Energy Cup CSI 5*
1) Jordan Coyle (IRL) & Aristo – 0 / 0 – 38.94
2) Matthew Sampson (GBR) & Ebolensky – 0 / 0 – 40.77
3) Nayel Nassar (EGY) & Coronado – 0 / 0 – 42.00
Source: Press Release from Spruce Meadows
Photo: © Spruce Meadows Media / Mike Sturk