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Belgium’s Luc Musette set the track for 53 entries in Friday’s 1.45m with 12 clear rounds. Carrying on their momentum from a win in Wednesday’s $35,000 Douglas Elliman 1.45m, Minikus and Zephyr clocked the fastest time of 64.36 seconds.
Emily Moffitt (GBR) and Poden Farms’ Zagahorn finished second in 66.47 seconds. Laura Chapot (USA) aboard her own and McLain Ward’s Quointreau un Prince placed third in 68.33 seconds, and Richie Moloney (IRL) riding Ypaja Yando ended fourth in 68.45 seconds.
Zephyr, a 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (Landor S x Calvados), is a catch-ride for Minikus and a new mount this winter. Though the team at Wyndmont takes care of preparations and Minikus only rides the horse at the show, he feels that their partnership is developing well.
“He seems like he is getting more confident in my style of riding. He feels a little more flexible through his body, and he has had a great week,” Minikus stated. “A horse you push is always faster than a horse you pull, and you definitely push him along. I like that style of riding. I have only ridden him for a few weeks now, so I think he is starting to understand my style, or maybe I am starting to understand his style. Either way, it is going well.”
Minikus changed plans a bit while on course, but made his horse’s large stride worked to his advantage in the speed track.
“It looked like there were several options when I walked it, but then as I was going, they did not show themselves as well as I was hoping,” Minikus explained. “Zephyr did a very nice job of turning back on the last combination. He is a little funny turning to the left, but for whatever reason today, he did it quite well. I think that is really where it worked out for me.”
In addition to top prizes, Illustrated Properties presented special leading rider awards to Minikus as the highest-placed professional rider in the class, and Moffitt as the highest-placed non-professional rider.
Final Results: $35,000 Illustrated Properties 1.45m
1. ZEPHYR: 2004 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Landor S x Calvados
TODD MINIKUS (USA), Wyndmont: 0/64.36
2. ZAGAHORN: 2004 KWPN gelding by Matterhorn x Wolfgang
EMILY MOFFITT (GBR), Poden Farms: 0/66.47
3. QUOINTREAU UN PRINCE: 2004 Selle Francais gelding by Diamant de Semilly x Rosire
LAURA CHAPOT (USA), Laura Chapot & McLain Ward: 0/68.33
4. YPAJA YANDO: 2007 Finnish Warmblood stallion by Quinar x Lasino
RICHIE MOLONEY (IRL), Equinimity LLC: 0/68.45
5. CAVAROLA: 2007 KWPN mare by Corland x Wellington
CHRIS SURBEY (CAN), Spruce Meadows: 0/68.48
6. CHARMED 2: 2008 Hanoverian mare by Chacco-Blue x Plural
MARKUS BEERBAUM (GER), Michaels & Beerbaum GmbH: 0/69.09
7. SHAKIRA Z: 2007 Zangersheide mare by Sandro Boy x Cruyff
PETER WYLDE (USA), Beechwood Stables LLC: 0/69.30
8. COSMOPOLITAN 30: 2006 Holsteiner gelding by Calido I x Ricardo
HEATHER CARISTO-WILLIAMS (USA), M/M Ralph Caristo: 0/70.48
9. BIJOU DE BALOU: 2006 Rheinlander mare by Balou du Rouet x Graf Grannus
KATIE DINAN (USA), Grant Road Partners LLC: 0/70.86
10. CONSTABLE II: 2007 KWPN gelding by Harley VDL x Lupicor
LAURA KRAUT (USA), Cherry Knoll Farm: 0/70.90
11. CEASAR: 2007 KWPN gelding by Lucky Boy x Cantos
TINA YATES (USA), Ace Equestrian: 0/72.49
12. CELLAGON CORRAY: 2007 Holsteiner gelding by Caretino x Corrado I
PEDRO MUYLAERT (BRA), Stenio da Silva: 0/75.42
Source: Lauren Fisher and Sara Cook for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc