Daniel Coyle completed an amazing week at Spruce Meadows in Canada by taking second place in both of yesterday’s International Ring classes.
His first runner-up placing came in the Enbridge Classic Derby, in which Canadian Chris Surbey was the only one get around with less than eight faults, going clear on Quetchup de la Roque for a decisive win. Coyle had two down with Ridley and was quickest of the eight-faulters to earn second place, with another Canadian, Lisa Carlsen claiming third on Cocq A Doodle.
The Irish rider was back in the ribbons later in the Spruce Meadows Kubota 1m45 Classic when he produced a double-clear on Fortis Fortuna to take second place, unable to match the time of winner Leslie Howard, the American getting Donna Speciale home almost one and a half seconds faster. “I honestly do not think I could have gone much faster and jumped a clear, so congratulations to Leslie”, Coyle said afterwards. Another American, Andrew Ramsay, took third with Cocq A Doodle.
In what was the final week of the 2016 Spruce Meadows Summer Series, Coyle’s haul since Wednesday included a win with Fortis Fortuna in the AON Cup and top spot in the Pepsi U25 Challenge with Somerset on Friday.
The Derry-born show jumper, who rides for Susan and Ariel Grange’s Lothlorien Farm operation, has revelled in his first season at Spruce Meadows. “All of my horses have jumped really well here. It was my first time at Spruce Meadows and I love the show and all of the people.”