Coyle aims for Rio
TEENAGER Daniel Coyle admits he would love to compete at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
The 17-year-old also concedes that he needs to have a good horse if he harbours any hopes of going to Brazil.
Coyle, who secured the 2012 Masters’ title at the recent 29th Northern Indoor Show Jumping Championships at Eglinton Equestrian Centre, was little disappointed that he didn’t claim two accolades in Eglinton.
The Ardmore man was competing against Ireland’s Olympic bronze medallist Cian O’Connor, who himself claimed the Grand Prix title at Eglinton.
“I would love to be fit to go to the Olympics in Rio in four years time, but it’s a lot to do with the horse,” he admitted.
“You need a very, very, very good horse to go to the Olympics, but I have to admit the horses that I have at the minute, are very, very good.
“In fact the horse that I won the Masters’ at Eglinton, Uptown Girl is a good horse. She has won a lot of classics this year and last year.
“I was disappointed that I only won the Masters’ title, because I should have won the Grand Prix on Sunday night and I would have won it but I knocked the last fence down.”
In fact the Olympic medallist believes that Coyle certainly has the potential to go all the way.
“Daniel is very, very talented, we have seen many guys coming up through the ranks but too many with the talent, which Daniel has, he’s very competitive, he’s a real winner and he has a really bright future ahead of him.”
With the season drawing to a close soon, Coyle is hoping to end this year on a positive note and is already looking ahead to next year and he also took this opportunity to thank the people behind the scenes who continue to help him.
“There isn’t really a whole pile of shows left, there’s a show in Cavan and a show in Scotland, which I might do and that’s basically it.
“Next year I want to do well again at Hickstead, I would also love to do a Horse of the Year show, but we’ll wait and see.
“I did very well at Hickstead this year and I was just hoping to get round well, but I had one fence down or I would have been second.
“I would like to thank all my owners because at the end of the day it’s their horses and they also pay the bills, of course prize money is a help but that still doesn’t cover everything.”
Showjumping has been in and around the Coyle family for a long time and Daniel admits his recent success at Eglinton could have went to either his brother Jordan or cousin Christian; both lads claimed podium finishes in the Masters’ section at Eglinton.
“It was good because Frank Curran was fourth and to be honest anyone one of us could have won it, but obviously I was delighted to have come first.
“Jordan is my brother and Christian is my cousin and I think that was the first time at Eglinton that three family members were first, second and third.”