Conor Swail and Errol Edge Out Daniel Coyle for Victory in the $25,000 CSI4*-W 1.35m Blenheim EquiSports “Royal Flush” Jump-Off Classic, Presented by Markel Insurance
November 17, 2022 – Las Vegas, NV – Only three one-hundredths of a second separated the two Irish riders in Thursday’s $25,000 CSI4*-W 1.35m Blenheim EquiSports “Royal Flush” Jump-Off Classic, presented by Markel Insurance, and it was Conor Swail aboard Errol who stopped the clock in 32.18 seconds for the win.
Finishing in second place with a time of 32.21 seconds was Daniel Coyle riding Jeffrey Jarden for owner Ariel Grange. Rounding out the top three with a time of 32.90 seconds was Australia’s James Arkins on Joevaro N, owned by Abigail Evans.
“I saw Daniel [Coyle] going in quite early, and he really smoked around,” said Swail of Coyle, who was the sixth to go in the 36-horse field. “I was wondering, ‘Can I catch him or not?’ Because my guy has got a smaller step. In the end, it kind of worked to my advantage. I had a few more steps [from jumps one, two and three], but it was still very efficient. Thankfully, I coasted home well.”
Swail has been riding Errol in FEI competition since February of this year, and in the 10 months since then, Swail and the 12-year-old gelding, owned by Sagamore Farms, have notched four FEI victories.
“Errol is very competitive, very careful,” said Swail. “He wins a lot for me. Any time I go in the ring, I have a good shot at competing with the best riders.”
For the victory on Thursday afternoon, Swail was awarded a Blenheim EquiSports prize-giving coolerette, an Ethel M Chocolates Epic Premium Chocolate Gift Basket, an Ogilvy saddle pad and a Topline Design Ribbon Wreaths custom picture frame and gift certificate.
Sponsor representatives Brandon Seger of Markel Insurance and Josh Mullins of Lisa Seger Insurance were also recognized with a commemorative Topline Design Ribbon Wreaths ribbon wheel as a token of Blenheim EquiSports’ appreciation for Markel’s ongoing, generous support of equestrian sport at Blenheim EquiSports.
The Las Vegas National CSI4*-W, host of the Marshall & Sterling Insurance/USHJA National Championships, continues through Sunday, November 20, with the featured $150,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Las Vegas, presented by Walter Oil & Gas, taking center stage on Saturday evening, November 19. Admission is free for all events, with the exception of Saturday night, with tickets available for purchase here.
Markel Director of Equine Operations Brandon Seger and LSI Insurance Specialist Josh Mullins were recognized with a commemorative ribbon wheel as a token of Blenheim EquiSports’ appreciation for Markel’s ongoing, generous support of equestrian sport. Photo by RandolphPR