Jordan Coyle and Centriko Volo Victorious in $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix at HITS-on-the-Hudson IV
Top athletes from around the country returned to HITS-on-the-Hudson this week to kick off the HITS Saugerties Summer Series. Vying for the winning honors in Friday’s $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, six athletes advanced to the tiebreaker, where Jordan Coyle and Centriko Volvo bested McLain Ward and Lezaro by almost three seconds to capture the day’s victory.
“I’ve had [Centriko Volo] for four years, and he’s won a [FEI CSI] 3* and 4* Grand Prix this year already,” noted Coyle. “He’s a good horse, and as he gets older and gets more belief in himself he could be a very good horse. Time will tell. All my horses are jumping very well, and when they are jumping well you should try and win!”
Canada’s Danny Foster used the expansive Grand Prix Ring at HITS-on-the-Hudson to test riders with an exacting track that featured 13 numbered obstacles and included a vertical-oxer double combination and an oxer-oxer-vertical triple combination at the end of the course near the in-gate before riders galloped away to the final two fences. Six advanced to the jump-off, where the double combination was the second question, followed by four rollbacks before heading home over the last oxer towards the gate.
Jordan Coyle and Centriko Volo Victorious in $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix at HITS-on-the-Hudson IV :: HITS (hitsshows.com)