Daniel Coyle Keeps on Winning at Desert Holiday

Daniel Coyle Keeps on Winning at Desert Holiday

You’re reading that correctly: Daniel Coyle won again. The Irishman ended Desert Holiday week one with a win, and he’s started week two the same way.

Wednesday morning, he took top honors in the $10,000 Ritz Carlton Rancho Mirage Welcome Speed with Langley, owned by Ariel Grange.

Daniel Coyle and Langley. Photo by ESI Photography

“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.

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.”

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