Jordan Coyle of Ireland won the $75,000 Richard M. Feldman Grand Prix presented by Kadley Farm on Saturday at the I Love New York Horse Show. Awarding more than $600,000 in prize money, the horse show concludes Sunday when it will feature the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Regional Championship North.
Coyle, on board eighth of the nine who reached the jump-off by riding fault-free 16-effort first-round course. He and For Gold, Falkirk Farm LLC’s 12-year-old Holsteiner gelding, turned in a blazing ride over the eight-jump tiebreaker course. Finishing clean, in 34.568 seconds, the rider claimed the lead from five-time U.S. Olympian McLain Ward, who had just moved into first with a clean ride in 35.276 seconds on First Lady.
The final entry, Jimmy Torano (USA) on Chewbacca HCC, winner of last week’s $75,000 Great American Insurance Group Grand Prix, finished clean in 35.328 seconds to place fourth. Third went to Ward on Cedric 84 with a clean ride in 35.282 seconds, and Torano took fifth on Kochio Z with a clean ride in 36.498. Torano’s two top-five placements, coupled with last week’s win, earned him the Richard & Diana Feldman Perpetual Trophy for Excellence for the best combined finishes in Lake Placid’s two Grand Prix events.
He’s a new horse to me,”
My wife’s been a little frustrated with me that I haven’t been going fast enough with him. Everything we’ve jumped, he’s been in the top five, but today I threw everything at it and I’d say he’s pretty good at going fast! He’s a phenomenal horse and he’s quite easy to ride, so he makes my job easy. He felt fantastic today. Any day you can beat McLain Ward, you’re doing pretty well!”
About Lake Placid Horse Show
Located in the historic Olympic town of Lake Placid, New York, the annual Lake Placid Horse Shows (LPHS) offer two weeks of exciting equestrian competition in an outstanding setting. Celebrating 54 years of equestrian tradition, LPHS hosts competitions for riders of all levels and ages ranging from young children on polished ponies, to glistening hunters, to Olympic veterans aboard their grand prix mounts.