Upperville, Virginia, USA – June 11, 2021 – International show jumping competition continued Friday at the 168th Upperville Colt & Horse Show where 42 athletes aimed for the top prize in the $73,000 Upperville Welcome Stake CSI 4*, presented by Rivers Edge Farm and Bikoff Equestrian. In a wire-to-wire victory during a 13-horse jump-off Ireland’s Jordan Coyle (IRL) reigned supreme with Ariso. The luck of the Irish was in the air as fellow Irishman Nicky Galligan (IRL) scored the second place award with Javas Miss Jordan. Alex Matz (USA) and Cashew CR rounded out the top three, while Coyle also claimed the fourth place honors with his second mount Centriko Volo.
Sixteen athletes qualified for the tiebreaker after mastering Marina Azevedo’s (BRA) first round track, which featured a triple bar, a triple combination and a double combination. Only 13 opted to return for the jump-off, which included multiple inside options and a long gallop to the final oxer.
Coyle (IRL) was the first to return for the final test, speeding around the first inside turn and leaving strides out in every line. He set an unbeatable pace in a clear 34.41 seconds with Elan Farm’s Ariso, a 10-year-old Hanoverian gelding by Casall La Silla. His Irish teammate Galligan (IRL) came the closest to catching him with his own Javas Miss Jordan, a 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse mare, whom he cleared the course with in a time of 35.02 seconds.
Matz (USA) was just one second shy of the leading time, clearing the track in 35.41 seconds with Dorothy Matz’ 13-year-old Holsteiner gelding Cashew CR for the third place honors. In the middle of the tiebreaker, Coyle (IRL) returned with his second horse Centriko Volo, a 9-year-old Oldenburg gelding owned by Celtic Park LLC. He was once again fast and clear with a time of 36.09 seconds that would be good enough for fourth place.
Coyle was confident his lead would hold up with Ariso despite the top riders coming behind him. Every fence came up perfectly out of stride, allowing Coyle to push the naturally fast and careful gelding all the way to the finish line. The winning combination now has their eye on the biggest purse of the week, planning to compete in Sunday’s $213,300 Upperville Jumper Classic CSI4*.
Hunter athletes will take over the B&D Builders Jumper Ring I Saturday evening during the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, sponsored by Salamander Resort & Spa, following the $37,000 Upperville Speed Stakes CSI4*, presented by GW & Wade. The week concludes Sunday at 2:30 p.m. with the highlight event, the $213,300 Upperville Jumper Classic CSI4*, co-sponsored by Ethel M. Chocolates and Lugano Diamonds.
Final Results – $73,000 Upperville Welcome Stakes CSI 4*
1) Jordan Coyle (IRL) & Ariso – 0 / 0 – 34.41
2) Nicky Galligan (IRL) & Javas Miss Jordan– 0 / 0 – 35.02
3) Alex Matz (USA) & Cashew CR – 0 / 0 – 35.410
4) Jordan Coyle (IRL) & Centriko Volo – 0 / 0 – 36.090
5) Katherine Dinan (USA) & Brego R’n B – 0 / 0 – 38.150
6) Conor O’regan (IRL) & Mendini Dr – 0 / 0 – 40.330
7) Amy Millar (CAN) & Christiano – 0 / 4 – 36.070
8) Peter Leone (USA) & Donner – 0 / 4 – 37.290
9) Lillie Keenan (USA) & Agana Van Het Gerendal Z – 0 / 4 – 37.570
10) Molly Ashe Cawley (USA) & Adamo – 0 / 4 – 39.180
11) Amy Millar (CAN) & Truman – 0 / 8 – 35.960
12) David Blake (IRL) & Keoki – 0 / 8 – 37.900
Source: Press Release from Upperville Colt & Horse Show
Photo: © Phelps Sports / Rebecca Walton