Show jumping competition at the Kentucky Spring Horse Show (KSHS) returned to the famed Rolex Arena on Thursday, May 13 to welcome international athletes for the $ 37,000 1.45m Spring Classic. As the final class of the day, 72 horse-rider combinations entered in hopes of closing Thursday’s competition with a victory. Only 12 pairs managed clear rounds on the course with tact, and it was ultimately Daniel Coyle and Legacy who galloped with first place honors.
The Portuguese Bernardo Costa Cabral has set up a track of 13 obstacles to challenge the athletes on the field, all from 12 different nations. Chilean Samuel Parot started the class with an early clearance to Dubai, and five other athletes would cross the Costa Cobral course to join Parot for a play-off before the first break. At the end of the first round, six more athletes managed to leave all the rails intact without suffering a time fault, bringing the total of the jump-offs to 12 horse-rider pairs.
In a race against time, victory was within everyone’s reach. As the third duo to enter the arena and try their hand at the shortened 7 obstacle course, American Taylor St. Jaques entered the arena aboard her own Upsilon de La Liniere, determined to sign. a flawless course. She managed to keep all tracks in the cups, setting the pace for the athletes to follow in 39.94 seconds. The lead immediately changed hands when fellow Americans Bliss Heers and Goodbye, owned by Bridgeside Farms, lost more than three seconds off St. Jaques’ time, stopping the clocks in 37.60 seconds. Next in the arena and hungry for victory, a third American athlete slipped into first place as Allison Robitaille straddled Bertram Firestone’s Ginger Pop to finish in 36.16 seconds.
Irishman Daniel Coyle has taken over aboard Ariel Grange’s Legacy. Coyle and the 11-year-old mare Zangersheide strode to the front row, slicing and dicing in the Rolex Arena to save time on the course. They managed to cut a further second off the lead, crossing the timekeepers in 35.50 seconds to climb to first place. For the rest of the class, the five contenders to follow couldn’t match Coyle’s impressive time, which ultimately earned him the top honors. Cedric de Cara Raether Carey (USA) and Trelawney Farm, LLC took second place with a time of 35.53 seconds, with Alex Matz (USA) and Cashew CR, owned by Dorothy Matz, following closely behind for finish in third place with a jump – stopping time of 35.57 seconds.
Coyle and Legacy are no strangers to the winner’s circle. During the recent winter season at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), the duo landed several excellent finishes in CSI3 *, CSI4 * and CSI5 * competition. Coyle is looking forward to campaigning with the talented mare in the $ 137,000 Hagyard Lexington CSI3 * Grand Prix on Saturday in hopes of securing another victory. Following the Kentucky Horse Show Spring Series, Coyle and Legacy will head to Europe for the remainder of the summer season.
Show jumping competition continues at the Kentucky Spring Horse Show on Friday, May 14, with the 1.40m junior / amateur show jumping in the Rolex arena starting at 9:30 am.
OF THE WINNER’S CIRCLE
Daniel Coyle – Winner of $ 37,000 of the Spring Classic 1.4.5m CSI3 *
On his plan for the dam:
âThere were 12 at the jump-off and it didn’t go very well at the start. [Legacy] is my best horse and I knew I could be fast and really just leave it all there. As you could see over time, it was really very close to the end. But I’m really happy with the way she jumped them and I think she’s really well prepared for Saturday [$137,000 Hagyard Lexington Grand Prix CSI3*]. “
On where he invented the time:
âI think I was the only one who took five strides from jump one to jump two. And then towards the end, I cut the gas a bit and almost paid the price. I would say that in jump one, two and three, that’s where I was really quick. The rest, I tried to make it good for the Grand Prix on Saturday.
During his first turn:
âI was lucky that my first horse was third and I knew after this race that the weather was really tight. I mean, when horses jump this well it just means you have to be time conscious. My horses are in good shape.
On his plans for moving forward:
“We will do the [$137,000 Hagyard Lexington Grand Prix CSI3*] here on Saturday with Legacy, then we’ll jump again next week, then we’ll go to Europe after that.
About Kentucky Horse Shows:
“I always come for the [Kentucky Invitational CSI3*] but, i really like it here and the horses really like it here with the grass and the fresh air. I love being here.