Another full day of premier sport at the 2022 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) kicked off Thursday with international jumpers getting their first chance to contest the grass. The Derby Field at Equestrian Village will play host to a variety of FEI jumper classes during WEF 2, sponsored by Hygain Feeds. The day culminated in the $37,000 Douglas Elliman Real Estate 1.45m feature event and celebrated Daniel Coyle (IRL) as the class victor aboard Tienna, owned by Ariel Grange.

Fifty-nine combinations showed up to contest Oscar Soberon’s (USA) speed track, but none were able to catch Daniel Coyle’s blazing time of 65.56 seconds. The lead changed hands various times at the start of the class as the athletes determined their best plan of action. McLain Ward (USA) picked up the lead fairly early in the day in a time of 66.30 seconds and held on to it for a majority of the class until Coyle and Tienna managed to shave a little less than a second off.

Ward maintained the second-place position aboard Wyndmont, Heller, and Ward’s 12-year-old Zangersheide mare Blossom Z (Balou Du Rouet x Cleopatra Z). Canada made its way on to the podium as Erynn Ballard entered the field as the second to last to compete and laid down a performance good enough to earn her and Comedie De Talma, Ilan Ferder and Esperanza Imports’ 10-year-old Selle Français mare (Kannan x Contender), third place in a final time of 66.65 seconds.

“Ariel and I had talked about when we wanted to start her, and we came to the conclusion of this week,” explained Coyle. “It is always nice to start on the grass because it is a long winter.

“She is very competitive as you can see,” he continued of the 14-year-old Canadian Sport Horse mare (For Pleasure x Polydox). “Everything just showed up lovely today, and she is just naturally so very fast. It was a great feeling going through the finish and seeing our time because I knew McLain had set a hard time to beat.”

Coyle started riding Tienna when the mare was eight years old, and this win was extra special as he explained that an injury had previously forced a break for two years. This was their first time back in FEI competition.

“When I first began riding her, I knew she was by far the most talented horse I had ever ridden, and we kind of grew in our careers together,” he fondly recalled. “I’ve been lost without her for the past two years, and I can’t put into words how glad I am to have her back.”

Competition debuted on Thursday with the $6,000 Bainbridge Companies 1.40m Classic which ultimately saw veteran Margie Engle (USA) and Virginia Bartholomay’s 10-year-old Oldenburg gelding Cesna M (Check In 2 x Furiella) top the field of 69 entries.

Full results here.

$37,000 Douglas Elliman Real Estate 1.45m Classic

1 TIENNA: 2008 Canadian Sport Horse mare by For Pleasure x Polydox
DANIEL COYLE (IRL), Ariel Grange: 0/65.56

2 BLOSSOM Z: 2010 Zangersheide mare by Balou Du Rouet x Cleopatra Z
MCLAIN WARD (USA), Wyndmont, Susan Heller and McLain Ward: 0/66.30

3 COMEDIE DE TALMA: 2012 Selle Français mare by Kannan x Contender
ERYNN BALLARD (CAN), Ilan Ferder and Esperanza Imports:0/66.65

4 TIC TAC: 2003 SBS stallion by Clinton x Panama Du Seigneur
BEN MAHER (GBR), Jane Forbes Clark: 0/66.92

5 LAFAYETTE VAN OVERIS: 2011 BWP gelding by Kashmir van Schuttershof x Tauber van het Kapelhof
ADRIENNE STERNLICHT (USA), Starlight Farms 1 LLC: 0/67.16

6 MAESTRO VICA V/D ARK: 2012 BWP stallion by Lordanos x Hearbreaker
NATALIE DEAN (USA), Marigold Sporthorses, LLC: 0/67.38

7 H.BIG ACTION: 2012 KWPN Stallion by Action-Breaker x Big Star
EDUARDO MENEZES (BRA), Eduardo Menezes: 0/67.88

8 BERDIEN: 2011 Zangersheide mare by Bustique x Querlybet Hero
MOLLY ASHE CAWLEY (USA), Louisburg Farm: 0/70.22

9 VALENTINO V Z: 2009 Zangersheide stallion by Verdi x Converter
MARIA COSTA (USA), Ravello Farms, LLC: 0/70.43

10 CASALL: 2005 Holsteiner gelding by Casall ASK x Capitol I
ALI WOLFF (USA), Blacklick Bend Farm: 0/71.41