Young Irish rider Daniel Coyle won for second year in a row the ATCO Energy Cup, representing his sixth FEI win of the season in Spruce Meadows. Federico Fernandez of Mexico in fourth place. (Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Service)
The first day of the ‘North American’ CSI 5* week presented by Rolex at Spruce Meadows finished with the young Irish rider Daniel Coyle winning the $35,000 ATCO Energy.
The long speed class formed by 96 pairs on course designed by Santiago Varela of Spain, was defined when for the second year in a row, Daniel Coyle inscribed his name as the winner, stopping the clock in 50.45 seconds with the 12-year-old mare Fortis Fortuna (Quidam of Revel x Carthago) owned by Susan & Ariel Grange. The Irish’s fast round that earned him his sixth FEI victory at Spruce Meadows allowed him to add 50 World Ranking Points with an advantage over 3 seconds.
For second place American Olympic medalist Leslie Howard got a time of 53.96 seconds with the 12-year-old gelding Moondoggie (Lord Continet x South Pacific) and third place was taken by the German Philipp Weishaupt next to the 8-year-old mare Call Me Eva (Chacco-Blue x Stakkato) in 54.05 seconds.
For the Latino Ranking the Mexican rider Federico Fernandez stood out in fourth place in 54.40 seconds along with the 16-year-old stallion Gitano (Caretano Z x Concorde), result allowed him to add 35 World Ranking Points, closing the Top 5 Rich Fellers from United States with 11-year-old stallion HTH Crazy for Crown (Crown Z x Carnute) in 55.55 seconds.
They also added FEI Ranking Points by Latinos, Gonzalo Azcárraga in sixth place with the 11-year-old mare Quite Nice 5 (Quality x Landor S) in 55.94 seconds and fellowman Alberto Michan stopped the clock in 57.14 seconds with the 12-year-old mare Chaccos Goldy (Chacco-Blue x Landgold) in the eighth place.