Jordan Coyle of Ireland took the first major victory at the Winter Equestrian Festival 2018, dominating the $35,000 Equinimity WEF Challenge Cup Round 1 (Photo © Sportoft)
Irish rider Jordan Coyle took the first major victory of the Winter Equestrian Festival 2018, beating Todd Minikus in the jump-off.
Disputing the first Equinimity WEF Challenge Cup Series class, the Irishman Jordan Coyle showed the way in the jump-off round, completing his course in 37.66 seconds and setting a very tight difference of 33 hundredths of a second against his closest rival.
Introducing Jordan Coyle with the 9-year-old gelding Eristov (Cicero Z Van Paemel x Concorde) owned by H.M. Gooskens & Stal de Bruijn-Scheepens, overtook American rider Todd Minikus and his 12-year-old stallion Victorio 5 (Uccello x Graf Top) owned by Plain Bay Sales, recording a time of 37.99 seconds to take second place.
The course designed by American Eric Hasbrouck for 36 pairs finally had a total of 11 riders classified to the jump-off, where completed the top five classified Emily Mason of Great Britain in third place with the 9-year-old gelding Explosion W (Chacco-Blue x Baloubet du Rouet) in 39.00 seconds, fourth place Geir Gulliksen of Norway in 41.90 seconds with the 12-year-old gelding Seringat (Chef Rouge x Guillaume Tell), while Hector Florentino of the Dominican Republic finished in fifth place.
In case of Hector Florentino, he was the most outstanding Latino rider in the class, completing his tiebreaker in 42.54 seconds accompanied by the 11-year-old mare Heliante Ter Wilgen (Chin Chin x Surrealist van’t Paradijs) owned by Marion Scott Head.
For his part Diego Vivero of Ecuador also got his pass to the jump-off and recorded the best time in 36.73 seconds with the 12-year-old mareBijoux (Cartani x Athletico), but ended up knocking down three fences to total 12 fouls in tenth place.