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Coyle brothers help Ireland to second place

Equestrian

By Ruth Loney

Showjumping brothers Daniel and Jordan Coyle from Londonderry were both on the Irish squad which finished runner-up in the five-star Longines FEI Nations Cup in Langley, Canada.

The Ireland team, which included Jonathan Corrigan and Cormac Hanley, finished on a two-round total of eight faults while Canada claimed victory with four faults. USA were third on 12 faults with Mexico in fourth.

The stand-out performance for Ireland came from 22-year-old Hanley who partnered the Heathman Farm-owned VDL Cartello to a brilliant double clear round as Ireland's anchor rider.

Earlier, Daniel Coyle won the Thunderbird Cup $36,500 class on his mare Cita, which has returned to the circuit following a break since September. In a six-horse jump off, Cita recorded the fastest round, while brother Jordan finished third on Pikador.

Langley proved a lucrative show for the Derry rider, who earlier partnered his own CHS Krooze to win the $36,000 Friends of Thunderbird Cup from an 11-horse jump off.

Meanwhile, Banbridge pony rider Alex Finney won the 148cms class at the Mullingar International show with Corradino du Bay, and there was a win for Newry rider Cormac Rafferty in the six-year-olds.

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