Daniel Coyle and Ariel Grange’s FARONA won their second Grand Prix in as many weeks after claiming top prize in the $35,500 FEI Grand Prix, presented by Case IH last week during the second phase of Classic @ Palgrave CSI2*.
Daniel Coyle and Farona competing in the Case IH sponsored $35,500 FEI Grand Prix ( May 27).
PC: Ben Radvanyi Photography
The win adds to an impressive start to the 2018 season for the Irishman at Caledon Equestrian Park (CEP), after the pair won the $35,500 FEI Grand Prix, presented by Horseware the previous week during the Caledon National CSI2*.
It was Coyle’s fourth big win in the first two weeks of FEI competition at Caledon Equestrian Park.
Kelly and Jillian Nicholls present Daniel Coyle and Farona with awards for winning last weeks $35,500 FEI Grand Prix presented by Horseware. PC: Ben Radvanyi Photography
Coyle and FARONA beat out a starting field of 17 horses and riders for the red ribbon, edging out Beth Underhill and Count Me In, and Erynn Ballard and EDISON P in the jump off, who placed second and third, respectively.
Ballard’s result in Sunday’s Grand Prix capped off a string of six top-three finishes over the first two weeks of FEI competition at the park. The rider from Tottenham, Ont., kicked off the second phase of the Classic @ Palgrave CSI2* (May 23-27) with a win in the $35,500 FEI Open Welcome on Thursday (May 24).
Erynn Ballard aboard Handy van HD, owned by Ilan Ferder & Tal Milstein, ,in the presentation picture for their win of the $35,500 FEI Open Welcome. PC: Ben Radvanyi Photography.
In that class, Ballard bested a starting field of 30 competitors while riding Handy Van HD, owned by Ilan Ferder and Tal Milstein. Ian Millar and Vittorio 8, and Elissa Reisman riding CITIZENGUARD CADJANINE Z rounded out the top three finishers.
Ballard also added a second-place ribbon on Saturday (May 26) riding BELLA DONNA in the $35,500 FEI Table A Speed class, coming in just behind Rockwood, Ontario’s Keean White and LEILANI, owned by Lisa Maria Gauthier and Angelstone Farms. Susan Horn and Balintore placed third in the class.
The win was White’s second on the week after he and Emergo, owned by Terri Brent Stables and Cynthia Gordon, beat out Vanessa Mannix and HEY JUDE in the 1.40m Jumper Class on Wednesday. Ballard, this time riding Ironman Van Klapscheut, placed third.
The Classic @ Palgrave CSI2* Phase 2 also featured the first leg of the $10,000 Under 25 Young Rider Development series on Friday (May 25), a national series featuring some of the worlds top young riders. Brennan McCullagh and his mount WKM XENIA won the class, with Coyle and FARREL, and Barbara Ruziska and ELONIE taking home second and third, respectively.
Brennan McCullagh and his mount WKM Xenia won the $10,000 Under 25 young rider Development class Friday (May 25) PC: Ben Radvanyi Photography
Friday’s action also saw Luis Fernando Saenz and Ikonic PB win the 5-year-old class in the Ride Every Stride Inc. Young Horse Qualifier, with Sarah Johnstone and Stakkadera claiming top prize in the 6-year-olds and Conor Swail winning the 7-year-old division while riding Gamble.
Luis Fernando Saenz & Iconic PB pictured here for their win of the 5 yr old Young Horse Qualifier presented by Ride Every Stride Inc. PC: Ben Radvanyi Photography
Sarah Johnstone and Stakkadera win the 6 year old class presented by Ride Every Stride Inc. PC: Ben Radvanyi Photography
Conor Swail aboard Gamble in his win of the 7 year old class presented by Ride Every Stride Inc. PC: Ben Radvanyi Photography
A series of stake classes presented by Equestrian Fashion Outfitters on Sunday saw Samantha Saunders and Encore 3E win the $3,000 Junior/Amateur 1.10m Stake, with Alyson St Pierre and Umpy des Fontaines claiming the red ribbon in $4,000 Junior/Amateur 1.20m Stake.
Kerrigan Brown and Colibri took home top prize in the $3,000 Junior/Amateur 1.30m Stake, while Barbara Ruziska and Carben Farms’ ELONIE won the $10,000 1.35m-1.40m Jumper Stake presented by Bruno Delgrange.
Wendy Good of Bruno Delgrange presents Barbara Ruziska & Elonie awards for their win of the $10,000 Jumper Stake presented by Bruno Delgrange.
PC: Ben Radvanyi Photography.
Caledon Equestrian Park launched a new event called “Date Night at the Park” last week. For just a $2 admission fee, visitors can take in a movie and enjoy an entertaining evening. There will be three more date nights throughout the 2018 season at CEP, with the next one coming July 3. Check the park’s website for the next title and more details.
Also look for the Ontario Equestrian (OE) Kids Zone, launching June 9. Aimed at kids aged 3-12, the fun physical activity zone will be open to kids and parents during weekend competitions. Stay tuned for more details.
Coming up this week at CEP is the first annual Dressage Spring Jubilee running from Friday, June 1 to Sunday, June 3.
Visit caledonequestrianpark.com for more information, as well as a full event schedule and results from previous shows.