Danny Coyle won his first ever FEI World Cup jumping title in Wellington ©FEI

Ireland’s Daniel Coyle secured his first International Equestrian Federation (FEI) World Cup title by taking victory in the qualifier in Wellington.

Riding 12-year-old Cita on the grass field at Deeridge Farms in Florida, Coyle was one of only five of the 40 original competitors to qualify for the jump-off after a time of 86.45sec with no faults.

He then recorded another faultless ride in a time of 34.79 in the jump-off to secure the title,

Two-time Olympic champion Laura Kraut of the United States, riding on 11-year-old Confu, almost caught Coyle but completed the last run of the day in 35.14 so had to settle for second place.

Her compatriot Margie Goldstein-Engle, who has 17 World Cup final appearances to her name, completed the podium lineup thanks to a time of 35.30 on 14-year-old Royce.

After the competition, Coyle expressed his delight at winning his first-ever FEI World Cup Jumping title.

"It’s an amazing feeling to beat any one of these two women, and everybody in that jump-off!" he said. 

"It never makes it any easier when the riders are as good as they were.

"I saw Margie’s round and thought that was going to be tough to beat, let alone Laura after me."

The Irishman went on to explain his winning formula.

"I did [one less] stride [than Laura] in the first line [of the jump-off], and I think that’s only the real place that I got her," he said.

"I don’t think there was much difference in time there.

"I was really tight back to the third jump, and then I just tried to smooth out the finish instead of trying to do something crazy."

Coyle now moves up to 10th in the East Coast sub league standings with McLain Ward of the US still top of the table with qualification already assured having won his victory in last season’s final.