Jordan Coyle has started 2021 with a bang, winning with Picador at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Florida this week and completing the purchase of a top US horse.
The Londonderry ace won the opening 1.40m class, while Darragh Kenny and Cicomein VDL won the second 1.40m class.
Coyle has a new addition to his string of five-star horses after the recent purchase of Bull Run's Almighty from US rider Kristen Vanderveen. The horse was bought by Elan Farms of North Salem, New York and arrived with Coyle in Florida last week.
Delighted Coyle explained: "I am planning to compete him in the five-star at the Winter Festival in a few weeks' time. Certainly, the European Championships in Germany this year are a plan.
"I have four horses for this year that can jump big in Grands Prix and some very good young ones. The European Championships are realistic and Centriko Volo is also one of my best horses."
Business partner Stella Manship said from Florida yesterday: "Almighty will return to his original name Boston ASK. He certainly is a potential Tokyo Olympic horse for Jordan, as is Eristov."
Coyle tasted that triumph with Picador from 51 starters in a time of 29.19, a fraction ahead of Margie Engle (USA) on Cessna M, clear in 29.70.
Showjumping continues for 12 weeks at the Winter Festival, where Irish riders are stepping up to impress Olympic selectors.