An exceptionally impressive performance from Ireland’s Daniel Coyle has helped him win his first-ever International Equestrian Federation (FEI) World Cup Jumping title at Palm Beach Masters in Florida. The 23-year-old Irish rider has made an impressive jump-off to top the 39-horse field in the highly prestigious $220,000 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Wellington.
The Irish horseman teamed up with the 12-year-old mare Cita to compete in the highly prestigious event. The Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Wellington features some of the world's best riders, which include two-time Olympic champion Laura Kraut and 17-time World Cup Finals veteran Margie Engle.
Jumping on the expansive grass field at Deeridge Farms in Florida, Coyle has managed to master the scenic 300-acre Deeridge Farms in Palm Beach Masters. The expansive course was designed by renowned course designer Alan Wade, who will also be the course designer for the upcoming FEI World Equestrian Games in September.
The 23-year-old Coyle was one of only five of the original forty competitors that qualified for the horse jump-off with no faults. He then made another faultless ride and set an unbeatable time of 34.79 seconds to secure the big win.
Following Coyle was the US Olympic veteran Laura Kraut, who also made an impressive ride. Margie Engle, who's made 17 World Cup appearances, finished third. Israel’s Danielle Goldstein was in fourth place, while reigning FEI champion McLain Ward ended fifth with a rail down.
After the big competition, the Irish-born rider expressed his delight at claiming his first-ever Longines FEI World Cup Jumping title. He even went on to explain his own strategy and winning formula. As part of his big win, Coyle has received over $72,000 along with a new Longines watch.
With his FEI World Cup victory, Coyle now ranks 10th in the East Coast sub-league standings with just one qualifying match left. That qualifying match is expected to take place at Live Oak Plantation on March 18, 2018.
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