Jordan Coyle Jumps Back to Action with Emerald Irish Cruise

Jordan Coyle made a victorious return to HITS Post Time Farm on Thursday afternoon as the Irishman took the top call in the $25,000 Alliant Private Client Cup aboard Emerald Irish Cruise. Coyle was one of six competitors to successfully navigate their way around Catsy Cruz’s first round track out of the original starting field of 28 combinations. After bringing forward three horses to start, it was Celtic Park LLC’s nine-year-old Irish Sport Horse mare (Ringfort Cruise) that would score Coyle the slot in the jump off. 

The three combinations to jump double clear proved to all be incredibly fast, however Coyle’s recent hot streak continued as he stopped the timers in a blazing 31.55 seconds. 

Jordan Coyle and Emerald Irish Cruise. Photo by ESI Photography

“This mare has an unbelievable heart actually,” Coyle gushed. “She’s a real fighter, and she took a little bit of time for me to get used to to be honest, but I feel like we’ve really clicked over the last three months.” 

Coyle’s jump off plan was simple, put on as much speed as possible. 

“I don’t know many of the riders up here so I don’t know how fast they are,” he explained. “I figured if I just went as fast as I could, then I can’t do any more than that. Everything showed up good today so I was able to just keep kicking on and I really don’t think I could’ve gone any faster.” 

Young professional Hunter Holloway rode to the second fastest finish aboard the Hays Investment Corp’s 15-year-old KWPN gelding (Lexicon), Eastern Jam. The pair put down a flawless round in 34.70 seconds, three seconds slower than Coyle, for the reserve ribbon. The always-fast Derek Petersen earned the final podium position with his own 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (Zirocco Blue VDL), Zechariah, a few seconds off of the pace in 37.07 seconds but another fault-free effort. 

Jumper competition continues into Friday as the pace picks up in the penultimate week of the  $15,000 STX Speed Series. For full results, please visit www.showmanagementsystem.com.