Wellington, Fla. – Dec. 26, 2018 – Todd Minikus (Lake Worth, FL) rode home with blue in the $30,000 SemiCan Grand Prix to conclude 2018 ESP Holiday III competition at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) on Sunday. Minikus dashed through the jump-off securing a time of 45.858 seconds aboard I Dottori VD Richter, a 2008 Belgian Warmblood gelding (Winningmood Van De Arenberg x Heartbreaker) owned by Todd Minikus LTD. Marilyn Little (Frederick, MD) jumped into second riding RF Casablanca, a 2010 Holsteiner mare (Cosido x Landos) owned by Raylyn Farms, Inc, stopping the timers in 43.313 seconds. Ilan Bluman (Davie, FL) claimed third place with Ferrari, a 2010 Dutch Warmblood stallion (Thunder Van De Zuuthoeve x Damiro) owned by Over the Top Stables, LLC, earning a time of 44.382 seconds.
Jumping against 17 competitors, Minikus prevailed as the victor in the course set by Mauricio Garcia (Archer, FL). “I thought it was a pretty nice course for a $30,000 Grand Prix, and there ended up being 5 horses clear, and I got the luck of the draw and got to go last in the jump-off,” stated Minikus.
“All I had to do was go clear, which sometimes is harder to do than you think,” Minikus elaborated. “[This horse] won last week so he’s doing a good job. He’s a horse that a friend of mine and I bought in Belgium and I let a young lady show him for a while in the junior jumpers then I started riding him myself.”
“We’re hoping that somebody needs a nice young rider horse, but until then if he wants to keep winning Grand Prix’s with me riding him, then that’s okay too,” Minikus concluded.
The $10,000 Score At The Top 1.40m Open Stake awarded Agustin Baca of Wellington, FL, first place with mount Brownboy, earning a time of 37.517 seconds. Manuel G. Torres of Leesburg, VA, claimed second place with Alejandro owned by Santa Catalina Farm. The duo dashed through the course in 35.451 seconds. Third place was awarded to Roberto Teran Tafur of Wellington, FL, riding Balando owned by Charles Stevens. The pair earned at time of 35.451 seconds.
In the $5,000 Osphos® 1.35m Stake, Andrew Bourns of Wellington, FL, claimed first place aboard DSH Charly owned by Glenbeigh Farm, LLC, with a time of 38.688 seconds. Sabrina Lefebvre of Terrebonne, QC, earned second place with mount Cayenne, securing a time of 33.818 seconds. Joao Eduardo Ferreira De Carvalho of Delray Beach, FL, took third with Lamina owned by Karina Rocha Mello with a time of 34.949 seconds.
The $2,500 NAL Low Junior Jumper Stake 1.25m sponsored by Equiline congratulated Tanner Korotkin of Wellington, FL, with top honors riding VIP Quality Royale owned by Bowers Cone, LLC, and securing a time of 35.401 seconds. Elle Haymond of West Hartford, CT, earned second place with mount Dalaide De Longpre with a time of 38.895 seconds. Erika Jakobson of Boca Raton, FL, took third place with Taalex owned by Barn Rat LLC with a time of 39.435 seconds.
In the $2,500 NAL Medium Jr/AO Jumper Stake 1.35m sponsored by Equiline, Sam Walker (Nobleton Ontario, ON) was victorious securing first place with Royale Du Rouet owned by Jake Krembil on a time of 30.922 seconds. Tanner Korotkin of Wellington, FL, earned second place with Dali T owned by Rodrigo Padilla and Ricardo Romero. The pair stopped the timers in 31.043 seconds. Catalina Peralta of Geneva, FL, took home third with Basimodo owned by Signe Ostby after securing a time of 32.775 seconds.
Brooke Cudmore of Omaha, NE, claimed first place in the $2,500 NAL Low AO Jumper Classic 1.25m sponsored by Equiline. Cudmore earned a time of 31.102 seconds aboard Southern Rose owned by Blair Cudmore. Dana Ventrice (Pompano Beach, FL) earned second place with mount Dollard Jessy Stable K.V.H.L, posting a time of 31.731 seconds. Alexa Lowe of Upperville, VA, took third with Forget Me Not Windsor Z owned by Windson Farm Sales.
The $1,500 NAL Child/Adult Jumper Classic 1.15m awarded Eliza Kimball (Bluepoint, NY) with first place riding Forrest Gump 108 owned by Donald Stewart. The pair completed the course in 35.485 seconds to secure the win. Tinita Hughes of Wellington, FL, claimed second with a time of 35.54 seconds with mount Proximo. Ana Holguin (Westport, CT) earned third aboard Maranello owned by Alexa Thermiotis, securing a time of 38.389 seconds.
The $1,500 Low Children’s Jumper Classic 1.0m congratulated Alexa Aureliano of Old Brookville, NY, with top honors riding Affinity owned by Heritage Farm, Inc. The pair secured a time of 40.776 seconds. Alvasia Shane of Franklin, TN, earned second place with a time of 47.549 with mount Ebay. Sienna Pilla of Ridgefield, CT, took third with Billy On Show owned by Whipstick Farm, LTD, completing the jump-off in 50.028 seconds.
Spencer McKee of Phoenix, AZ, rode home with blue in the $1,500 M&S Children’s Jumper Classic 1.15m sponsored by Dover Saddlery with mount Chenova, stopping the timers in 37.536 seconds. Olivia Ferro of So Hadley, MA, earned second place riding Caesar owned by Dave Burton. Ferro completed the course in 76.187 seconds. Ana Sofia Rodriguez of Wellington, FL, earned third place with Cabrius owned by Amy Sangster, completing the course in 76.422 seconds.
In the $1,500 M&S Adult Amateur Jumper Classic 1.15m sponsored by Dover Saddlery, Sabrina Lefebvre of Terrebonne, QC, won first with mount Wedding Day, completing the course in 42.494 seconds. Jorge Hidalgo of West Hollywood, CA, placed second aboard Sig Careful owned by Danielle Lean, earning a time of 80.986 seconds. Emily Smith of Valparaiso, IN, earned third place riding Hesenti owned by Mariah Farm LLC. Smith secured a time of 75.766 seconds.
The $1,500 Low Adult Jumper Classic 1.0m congratulated Emily Ablin of Palm Beach, FL, with top honors riding Persimmon owned by Leeann Ablin. The pair earned a time of 42.905 seconds. Kathryn Haefner of Hamburg, NY, claimed second place with Langley owned by Kathryn Haefner LLC, and stopped the timers in 43.808 seconds. Catherine Smith of Saddle River, NJ, took third place with Amai Du Bourgeonet owned by Wyndmont.
The $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby sponsored by SemiCan congratulated David Oliynyk of Franklin, MA, aboard Lori Gaudet’s Generous for their victory on a score of 179.5, while Keri Kampsen (Wellington, FL) and the Long’s Stable LLC entry Amoroso Z scored 178 to take reserve and Jennifer Bliss (Loxahatchee, FL) piloted Sugarman for Harris Hill Farm, LLC, to a score of 175 and third place in the course set by Robert McGregor (Wellington, FL).
Sandra Ferrell of Wellington, FL, dominated the $1,000 USHJA Green Hunter Incentive 3’6″/3’9″, claiming both first and second place aboard Stephanie Bulger’s mounts Hemingway and Sher Khan, earning scores of 90 and 87, respectively, while Kelley Farmer (Keswick, VA) guided Kent Farrington LLC & D L Glefke’s entry, Consent, to third place on a score of 85.
$1,000 USHJA Green Hunter Incentive 3’/3’3″ congratulated Kim Barone of Watertown, MN, riding Cynthia Bulwicz’ Dialicious to a score of 83 and top honors. Tiffany Morrissey (Wellington, FL) claimed reserve on a score of 74 with the East Wind Farms, LLC entry Hannes, while Jennifer Bliss (Loxahatchee, FL) and Fair Haven Farm LLC’s Collanto placed third with 73 points.
The $1,000 Vita Flex Amateur Owner Hunter 3’3″/3’6″ Classic congratulated Lindsay Maxwell aboard her own Kingston for their victory, scoring 177 to represent Beverly Hills, CA, while Aizlynn Radwanski (Mohnton, PA) and her own Enticement put in a 164-point performance to take second, and Charlotte Jacobs (East Aurora, NY) rode North Star’s Iladin Du Rouet to third place on a score of 162.
Hannah Hoch of Whitefish Bay, WI, and her own Clear Sailing floated to victory in the $1,000 #1 Education Place Junior Hunter 3’3″/3’6″ Classic, scoring 165, while MacKenzie Altheimer and the ABA Hunter Ponies entry Undeniable scored 161 to claim second and represent Defiance, MO. Ashley Vogel, the Mequon, MI native, and her own Legacy scored 157 to take third and round out the podium.
The $500 Score At The Top Medium/Large Pony Hunter Classic went to Emma Hechtman of Tampa, FL, and her own Island Grace, scoring 165, while reserve honors were awarded to Olivia Sweetnam of Wellington, FL, aboard Sweet Oak Farm’s On Your Mark after their 162 point performance. Allison Coleman (Wellington, FL) and her own Radiance scored 158 to claim third.
In the Score At The Top Small Pony Hunter Classic, Wellington, FL resident Olivia Sweetnam took both first and third place aboard Sweet Oak Farm mounts Sugarbrook Burnside and Mr. Magoo, scoring 163 and 146.25, respectively, while fellow Wellington resident Addison Buetel and Augusta D. Iwasaki’s Bit of Laughter scored 147 to take second place.
The $500 NAL/M&S Children’s and Adult Hunter Classic belonged to Allyson Blais (Boynton Beach, FL) and James Lala and Virginia Confer entry, Google It, scoring 172. Meghan Knapic of Blue Point, NY, rode Voyager for First Blue LLC, scoring 159 to take reserve, while Olivia Woods guided her own What a Wonder to 155.5 to third representing San Antonio, TX.
In the Score At The Top Small Pony Hunter Division, Olivia Sweetnam piloted both champion and reserve mounts for Sweet Oak Farm, claiming champion on Sugarbrook Burnside and reserve honors aboard Mr. Magoo.
Wellington native Sandra Ferrell also claimed both rosettes on the week in the Green Hunter 3’9″ & High Performance Division, with Stephanie Bulger’s mounts Hemingway and Moonshot, respectively.
Competition continues at PBIEC with the 2018 ESP New Years competition showcasing top jumper and hunter competition. The 2019 ESP Holiday Finale will conclude ESP holiday competition before launching the 40th annual Winter Equestrian Festival 2019 hosted at PBIEC.