Jordan Coyle & Centriko Volo Fly to the Top in $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix

Saugerties, New York, USA – July 22, 2022 – Top athletes from around the country returned to Hits-on-the-Hudson this week to kick off the Hits Saugerties Summer Series. Vying for the winning honors in Friday’s $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, six athletes advanced to the tiebreaker, where Jordan Coyle (IRL) and Centriko Volo bested McLain Ward (USA) and Lezaro by almost three seconds to capture the day’s victory. 

Canada’s Danny Foster (CAN) used the expansive Grand Prix Ring at Hits-on-the-Hudson to test riders with an exacting track that featured 13 numbered obstacles and included a vertical-oxer double combination and an oxer-oxer-vertical triple combination at the end of the course near the in-gate before riders galloped away to the final two fences. Six advanced to the jump-off, where the double combination was the second question, followed by four rollbacks before heading home over the last oxer towards the gate.

Laura Chapot (USA) & Chandon Blue

Laura Chapot (USA) and Chandon Blue were the first to complete the shortened course without error, clocking in at 47.904 seconds to set the Great American time to beat.

McLain Ward (USA) & Lezaro

Two rounds later, McLain Ward (USA) would move to the top of the leaderboard, narrowly beating Chapot’s time piloting Lezaro to a clear round in 47.657 seconds.

His lead would not hold for long, however, as Jordan Coyle (IRL) entered the ring next with Centriko Volo. Tidy turns and a fast gallop moved them well ahead of Ward as they cleared the course in a blazing 44.829 to lead the lap of honor.

Jordan Coyle (IRL) & Centriko Volo during the awards ceremony

Final Results – $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix

1) Jordan Coyle (IRL) & Centriko Volo – 0 / 0 – 44.829

2) McLain Ward (USA) and Lezaro – 0 / 0 – 47.657

3) Laura Chapot (USA) & Chandon Blue – 0 / 0 – 47.904

Source: Press Release from Hits Shows

Photos: © ESI Photography

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