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Daniel Coyle toasts rich rewards in Florida


Daniel Coyle pocketed a $500k reward in Florida

Daniel Coyle pocketed a $500k reward in Florida

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Daniel Coyle pocketed a $500k reward in Florida

Daniel Coyle was on top of the world in Ocala after winning the Great American $500,000 Grand Prix with his top horse Legacy as he and his brother Jordan both made the jump-off at the luxury new state-of-the art resort in Florida.

The talented Londonderry rider, who had been competing at Wellington show, Palm Beach, was advised by his brother to head for Ocala with Legacy and have a try for the half-million dollar prize.

Both siblings made the 10 horse jump-off with riders from six countries, but it was Daniel who galloped the fastest clear to win in 38.52 on board the brilliant Legacy, owned by Ontario’s Ariel Grange. Jordan partnered Ariso, owned by Elan Farm, into fourth place in 39.99.

“I would say I had a big advantage today,” said Daniel. “I was third in the jump-off, but already Jordan had as good around as you probably could have, so that put pressure on me to go as fast as I could. Thankfully that paid off because if he hadn’t done that, I maybe wouldn’t have put as much pressure on myself!”

The brothers, who have won more classes between them than any other riders on the US circuit in the past two years have both full teams of horses.

Daniel, who finished 10th in last year’s European championships in Germany, added: “I did my first ever five star Nations Cup in Ocala many years ago so I always have a good feeling about HITS Ocala. It’s an amazing arena with nice jumps, prize money and people come to watch. It’s as good as anywhere in the world.

Daniel spends his last week in the US and takes a month off before returning to compete in Europe. He is looking forward to competing at Dublin show and has his eyes set on team selection for the World championships in Herning, Denmark from August 6. 

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Wellington was also a happy hunting ground afor Darragh Kenny and Volnay du Boisdeville, winning the $216,000 four star Grand Prix, and Paul O’Shea with Chancelloress claiming the $140,000 1.50m Jumper Classic final.

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