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Coyle leads way as Ulster trio net glory



Jordan Coyle enjoyed New York success

Jordan Coyle enjoyed New York success

Jordan Coyle enjoyed New York success

Ulster showjumpers Jordan Coyle, Jonathan Smyth and teenager Shannon Treanor are celebrating Championship success.

Coyle dominated the US scene with no fewer than three Grand Prix wins inside a week, while Smyth won the Ulster Region Grand Prix in Lurgan and 17-year-old Treanor was the Leading Young Rider at the Mullingar Youngster finals.

Derry's Coyle partnered the Elan Farms-owned bay gelding Picador to win two Grand Prix events at the North Salem Fall Show and earlier won the Hits Saugerties $75k (£58k) event, both in New York state.

Annaghmore rider Jonathan McCrea was runner-up on Jaskijn at the Saugerties event.

Armagh's Treanor shared first place in the Mullingar four-year-old finals and was then crowned Red Mills Leading Young Rider of the Show.

The Meadows, Lurgan hosted a leg of the Ulster Region Grand Prix where Smyth, from Victoria Bridge, was unstoppable with Cafre Olympic Dream to win the five-horse jump-off in 39.02.

Simon Scott was second and third with Ploverfield Lilyana and Jasmine Tide.

The Mullingar SJI/HSI Autumn 1.35m Grand Prix was shared by Brendan Murphy and Richie Kerins, both stopping the clock in 30.74 in an 11-horse jump-off from 48 starters.

Murphy was aboard Fivemiletown man Alan Robertson's home-bred Ocean O'Gara, while Kerins partnered Frank Kelly's Achonry Carie.

Ger O'Neill was outstanding on Keatingstown Z Wellie Two, owned by Sharon Fitzpatrick, to win the 1.40m €6k (£5.5k) HSI Grand Prix at Mullingar in a 10-horse jump-off from 48 starters.

Newry rider Lorcan Gallagher and VDL Cartello were runners-up in a class at the Traverse Show, Michigan.

Belfast Telegraph