DERRY’s Daniel Coyle landed a five-star win last Friday at the Tops International Arena in Valkenswaard, The Netherlands where there were plenty of Irish in action.
Coyle, who has been named on the Irish squad for next month’s FEI World Championships with Legacy, won the 1.50m Table A aboard Ariel Grange’s 14-year-old gelding Oak Grove’s Carlyle. From a startlist of 45, 15 managed to produce a clear round in the timed class and Coyle’s time of 66.66 was best of the lot, earning him just over €6,000.
He beat fellow countryman Denis Lynch and Onyx Consulting’s 16-year-old stallion Rubens LS La Silla into second place by just nine hundreths of a second; they broke the beams in 66.75. Lynch has also been named in Michael Blake’s World Championship squad with Brooklyn Heights.
Belgium’s Jos Verlooy finished third aboard Luciano van het Geinsteinde (0/ 67.99), while Darragh Kenny just snuck into the top 10 in 10th place with the Evergate Stables LLC’s 15-year-old gelding Carthano (0/ 72.20).
Lynch was fourth in Saturday’s five-star 1.45m jump-off with the 11-year-old stallion Quantino when one of five clears against the clock in 38.14 seconds. The class was won by Jos Verlooy aboard the Irish Sport Horse gelding FTS Killossery Konfusion who, bred by Frank and Laura Glynn, is by Livello out of Killossery Kruisette (Cruising).
Pender win two-star Grand Prix
Mikey Pender won Sunday’s 1.45m two-star Grand Prix at the venue. From a start list of 55 competitors, he rode Bravo Hughes Ltd’s eight-year-old gelding Elektra des Premices to one of 17 clear rounds in the first round to make it through to the jump-off.
Against the clock, the pair were the fastest of eight clear rounds in 40.58 seconds to earn €6,500. Dutchman Kevin Jochems was runner-up aboard Christianus (0/0 41.47), ahead og Niels Kersten with Grieg S (0/0 41.56).
Darragh Kenny had an amazing weekend aboard the seven-year-old mare Serendepety, owned by Whiterock Farm Ltd. It was only Kenny’s second show with the chesnut by Stolzenberg, who was previously ridden by Sweden’s Jonna Ekberg as well as Nano Healy and Stephen Moore. The pair won all three one-star seven-year-old classes, including Sunday’s 1.35m final.
Kenny also had a two-star win on Saturday when he guided Cicomein VDL to win the 1.45m Table A in a time of 60.64 seconds, winning €6,375.