Irish riders were in top form in Thursday’s international classes at the three-star Rolex Central Park Horse Show in New York, with Daniel Coyle winning the U25 Grand Prix, Conor Swail taking second in the Canadian Pacific Speed contest, and Kevin McCarthy netting third place in the Puissance.

Coyle, riding Fortis Fortuna, was one of three to make the jump-off in the Hollow Creek Farm-sponsored Grand Prix, and although all three riders subsequently had four faults, the Irish rider, who was second to go, was clearly fastest, outdoing his American rivals Bryn Sadler (Bon Giorno) and Alexandra Crown (Von Cim). “I tried to concentrate on getting a clear round to start off and I did,” Coyle said. “”It just kind of went my way in the jump-off, so I am really happy.”

In the speed class, Conor Swail (pictured) was unable to equal his two previous successes in this event, but was more than satisfied with second place on Cita.  “I was very pleased with her. She did everything I asked of her and second place was a good result for us tonight.”

Swail had gone in chase of American McLain Ward on HH Carlos Z who blazed to the front in 58.63, but the Irish rider fell short by over one and a half seconds. “McLain is a very fast rider and he has a very fast horse. I was trying to etch out somewhere that I could maybe leave out a step that no one else did, even my turn to the last fence, but I did not quite get it.”

In the Puissance Kevin McCarthy and Tullibards Big B took third place behind American joint-winners McLain Ward (ZZ Top VH Schaarbroek Z) and Andrew Kocher (C’Havinia). Mike Dunne.

CSI3* Rolex Central Park Horse Show
Canadian Pacific Speed Class
1. HH Carlos Z/McLain Ward (USA) 58.63
2. Cita/Conor Swail (IRL) 60.26
3. Lucifer V/Hardin Towell (USA) 60.45
4. Hardrock Z/Emanuel Andrade (VEN) 64.77
5. Corona 93/Marilyn Little (USA) 64.84