Mill Spring, NC- Jordan Coyne, 23, of New Port Richie, FL, had two excellent trips aboard Cascada in the inaugural $25,000 Under 25 Grand Prix at TIEC to take home a well-deserved win. Coyne and the 2007 Rhinelander mare (Christiano x Carmina) are new to the 1.45m level and Coyne was pleased with her mare, as she entered the class looking to gain experience and came out with an unexpected win.
"We just got her in November so I'm still figuring her out. She's coming along really nicely. We showed in Ocala [FL] over the winter, starting in the Mediums and then moved to the Highs and we finished in the High Amateurs there," explained Coyne. "This was her first real 1.45m track, and I am just really happy with her."
The class of 13 entries saw six clear rounds, moving riders towards a competitive jump-off where Coyne ultimately put in the fastest clear round, finishing in 39.965 seconds. The Guilherme Jorge course tested riders in all of the right places, and Coyne believes the series will continue to be a growing success at TIEC.
"This was a perfect track for this class. I thought it wasn't too big but it was technical and you really had to pay attention the whole time to what was coming next. I thought for the class, it was perfect," she commented. "I'm so glad they're offering this class. It's a great to have it here, and we'll keep doing the Under 25 Grand Prix throughout the rest of our stay. She obviously likes it and maybe some of the High Amateur Classics too."
Cascada's impressive performance today has given Coyne confidence that the mare is ready to tackle some of the bigger tracks the duo will face as their season continues this year. As the relationship between the two is still budding, their win today felt like an extraordinary accomplishment for Coyne.
"I went in knowing that I wouldn't be disappointed if we dropped a few rails because like I said, this is her first real class at this level and I was going more for miles than anything and when I finished the last jump and realized I was clean I was just ecstatic. Completely above all of my expectations."
Bryn Sadler took both second and third place in the class aboard Bon Giorno in 41.378 seconds and Mullentine Imperial in 42.104 seconds respectively.
Final Results for $25,000 Under 25 Grand Prix
1. CASCADA, 2007 Rheinlander mare by Christiano x Carmina
JORDAN COYNE, Jordan Coyne, 0/0/39.965
2. BON GIORNO, 1999 Swedish Warmblood gelding by Acacio 948 x Bon Ami
BRYN SADLER, Showcase 81, LLC: 0/0/41.378
3. MULLENTINE IMPERIAL, 2005 Irish Sport Horse gelding by Corland x Mullentine Highland Imp
BRYN SADLER, Showcase 81, LLC: 0/0/42.104
4. I LOVE LUCY, 2005 Slovakian Warmblood mare by Corrado II x Laura
HUNTER HOLLOWAY, Hays Investment Corporation: 0/8/37.964
5. TITUS 2:11, Holsteiner gelding by Coleman x Putina
JARED PETERSEN, Derek Petersen: 0/12/43.204
6. JAGGER, 2002 Westphalian gelding by Baldini II
CLAYTON RUSSELL, Greer Hindle: 4/72.121
7. CORALINA, 2006 Holsteiner mare by Calato x Giant Tschica
HAYLEY WATERS, Dana Waters: 4/73.047
8. CASSEVEL, 2007 Holsteiner gelding by Cassini II x Tamara IX
HUNTER HOLLOWAY, Hays Investment Corp: 8/74.018
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