Thermal, California, USA – December 04, 2022 – Saying that Daniel Coyle (IRL) took command of the Desert International Horse Park (DIHP) is certainly and understatement. With wins already under his belt earlier in the week, the 28-year-old, who celebrated his birthday Friday, capped off his week with two more CSI 5* wins on Sunday, and $72,400 Talus Winning Round CSI 5* with his own and Grange’s Ivory TCS and later on in the $217,200 Whittier Trust MLSJ Grand Prix CSI 5*.
“I’m extremely lucky because having even one of these horses is great,” Coyle said on his current winning streak. “Ariel has stuck by me and it’s really a testament to her as to why I’m here. Right now everything seems to be on fire. I have a really, really strong string right now. I really thank her for that.”
Kyle King (USA) claimed second place with Etalon (Otangelo x Concorde), owned by Christine Maclean, registering no penalties in 35.59 seconds in the decisive round.
Lillie Keenan (USA) and the Chansonette Farm LLC entry Agana Van Het Gerendal Z (Aganix du Seigneur x Topas) were the only combination among the top-three finishers to register two clean performances, however, they had to settle for third place due to their winning round time of 36.05 seconds.
Ivory TCS, just 9 years old this year, is another top-performing mount bringing in impressive results. “We got her in the VDL sale as a 7-year-old,” Coyle said of the Dutch Warmblood mare (Falaise de Muze x Ukato). “I’ve always thought a lot of her; there’s a lot of heart in there. I told a lot of people that and they didn’t really believe me, but I think she’s really showing herself now to be a top horse. She’s had endless results and she’s only 9 so she has a bright future.”
Coyle walked into the jump-off for the Winning Round at the same time as his brother, Jordan, who jumped off just before him. “I took advantage of seeing what he had done,” Daniel Coyle said of his strategy. “If Jordan gets it done, it’s hard to beat, and when he doesn’t, maybe I can learn something from him.”
Despite having a pole down in the qualifying round, Daniel was able to improve, not only being flawless but also regsitering the fastest time of 34.72 seconds for the win.
Final Results – $72,400 Talus Winning Round CSI 5*
1) Daniel Coyle (IRL) & Ivory TCS – 4 / 0 – 34.72
2) Kyle King (USA) & Etalon – 4 / 0 – 35.59
3) Lillie Keenan (USA) & Agana Van Het Gerendal Z – 0 / 0 – 36.05
Source: Press Release (edited) by Tori Bilas for Desert International Horse Park
Photos: © DIHP / TB