Daniel Coyle Keeps Win Streak Going at Desert Holiday II

Daniel Coyle and Langley. Photo by ESI Photography

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Wednesday morning at Desert Holiday II, Daniel Coyle (IRL) took top honors in the $10,000 Ritz Carlton Rancho Mirage Welcome Speed with Langley, owned by Ariel Grange.

“This is my first show with her,” Coyle said of his winning mount. “And it is my second week riding her. She’s another homebred of Lothlorien’s. Hyde Moffatt was riding her and Ariel asked me to take over the reins two weeks ago. Over the last two weeks you can see she’s very, very competitive. These are good classes for her to get to know them, plus there’s a little bit of money for them. It’s a very quick horse.”

Coyle was third to last in the order of 67 over Alan Wade’s (IRL) track in Wednesday’s class, and at the time, Ashlee Bond held the lead with Boheme De Fleyres, having just gone a few rounds prior.

“Ashlee Bond is a very fast rider,” Coyle, 28, continued. “She thought she had a fast round. When Ashlee thinks she’s fast, you have to give everything you’ve got to beat her. So I did, and I’m really looking forward to what this one does in the future. Hopefully one year from now it’ll be a different success story as well.”

Coyle, last week’s winningest show jumper, came into the Grand Prix Arena and took the time to beat to a whole new level, shaving nearly three seconds off Bond’s time, putting her into second place. Jamie Sailor and Caron Jmen took third at the close of the class.

Daniel Coyle and Langley in their winning presentation. Photo by ESI Photography

Langley, an 8-year-old mare, competes without shoes, which is not the route Coyle typically goes, but he gave it a try and it’s working out quite well. “They couldn’t decide what shoes to put on that she liked, and more and more people are going without shoes. It’s not something I do often but if it works for the horse I’ll do it, and these two weeks it really has worked,” he said.

To say Coyle has been on a winning streak would be an understatement. This is his first trip to DIHP and he has racked up enough wins to convince him to come back.

“I don’t think anyone can say anything better than me about [this place],” he remarked. “As soon as I got here, before I jumped any classes, I loved it. I really like the climate; it’s really open, it’s warm without being too warm, and it also gets a little cold which is nice for any animal. The grass ring last week was absolutely beautiful; all my horses loved it. I’m hoping they love this side of the show as much this week.”

Final Results: $10,000 Ritz Carlton Rancho Mirage 1.35m Welcome Speed

1. Langley / Daniel Coyle / Ariel Grange / 0/56.083
2. Boheme De Fleyres / Ashlee Bond / Ashlee Bond Showjumping / 0/59.275
3. Caron Jmen / Jamie Sailor / Cassio Rivetti / 0.60.144
4. Jeffrey Jarden / Daniel Coyle / Ariel Grange / 0/62.120
5. Starfly / Tanimara Macari / Tanimara Macari / 0/62.510
6. Ikonic PB / James Chawke / Vanessa Mannix / 0/63.157
7. Chaccala / Jose Maria Quintana / Cross Creek Farms, Inc / 63.705
8. Mr. Europe / Karrie Rufer / Morning Star Sporthorses, LLC / 0/63.867
9. Howard Du Seigneur / James Chawke / Ramsay Equestrian Inc / 0/64.068
10. Castelissimo / Shawn Casady / Tiffany Sullivan / 0/65.298
11. Havana / Kassidy Keith / Cheryl Keith / 0/65.343
12. Freesby De Vy (R.O.) / Emma Marlowe / Trelawny Farm LLC / 0/65.351

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