Jumping - Coyle Fails In Brave Bid For World Cup Success
NOT EVERY show jumper who gets a chance to better a second place
in the World Cup, but Trevor Coyle's brave bid to take the crown
in 2003 came to a disappointing finish at Las Vegas today (Sunday),
with a 21st place in the final leg of the three-part Final, and
a 22nd place overall.
for a man written off by many as a has-been in 2000, the comeback
trail to Las Vegas has been nothing less than spectacular. Since
losing the ride on the Irish-bred <Cruising> shortly after
the so-close 1999 World Cup bid, Coyle languished in the lower ranks
of international show jumping, until six months ago, when the wealthy
Sapersteins of California gave him the former ride of American Ray
Texel, the 12 yr old bay mare, <Fleur>. But half-way into
the World Cup season, it seemed preposterous that the Armagh-born
rider could make the cut for qualification. Only 18 riders from
Western Europe would reach Las Vegas in April, but Coyle, with a
late, and determined, campaign, made sure he was one of them.
only Irish qualifier for the World Cup Final, 44 yr old Coyle was
never optimistic about his chances in the closing competitions,
citing his relatively short period riding the American-owned mare.
A consummate horseman, Coyle has been famous for building lasting
relationships with horses, never to greater effect than with <Crusing>,
and pundits were doubtful that the relatively short spell with <Fleur>
would bring out the best in the combination by April. But he did
well enough in the opening two legs in Nevada to qualify for Sunday's
Final, one of only 28 riders in the world to do so.
in the gambling capital of the world, Germany's Marcus Ehning, riding
<Anka>, completed his calm play for the World Cup with a joint-first
double clear that was enough to clinch the title on an aggregate
score of just two penalties, with former World Champion, Brazil's
Rodrigo Pessoa, slotting into Second with a total of six penalties.
Sweden's Malin Baryard, one of the stars of the Las Vegas show,
took Third overall on an aggregate of eight penalties.
lowered three poles in the opening round of tonight's third competition,
earning 12 faults, and elected not to jump in the second round,
maintaining his overall score at 30 penalties. America's Leslie
Howard also pulled out of the second round of jumping, while US
fellow-countryman Mclain Ward retired before the first round.
JUMPING RESULTS: CSI-W FINAL LAS VEGAS, USA, 16-20 APRIL 2003
World Cup Final III
International Jumping Competition
Table A 1m50/1m60 with two rounds
FEI Art. 6126.96.36.199 / 6188.8.131.52
Sunday, April 20, 2003
TINKA'S BOY; Markus FUCHS (SUI) Faults 0.00/0.00
=1) ANKA 191; Marcus EHNING (GER) Faults 0.00/0.00
=3) FIGHTING ALPHA 3; Lars NIEBERG (GER) 0.00/4.00
=3) PARCO; Ludo PHILIPPAERTS (BEL) Faults 4.00/0.00
=3) COSTER; Christian AHLMANN (GER) Faults 4.00/0.00
=3) GOLDFEVER; Ludger BEERBAUM (GER) Faults 4.00/0.00
=3) ANTHEM; Laura KRAUT (USA) Faults 0.00/4.00
=3) BALOUBET DU ROUET; Rodrigo PESSOA (BRA) Faults 4.00/0.00
FLEUR 195; Trevor COYLE (IRL) Faults 12.00
CUP FINAL RANKINGS (after three competitions)
Marcus Ehning (GER) ANKA 191; Total Penalties 2
2) Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA) BALOUBET DU ROUET; Total Penalties 6
3) Malin Baryard (SWE) H&M BUTTERFLY FLIP; Total Penalties 8
Trevor Coyle (IRL) FLEUR 195; Total Penalties 30