American rider Todd Minikus was the best of the first Hollow Creek Championship Class Series, winning in the jump-off round to Michael Desiderio and Emily Moffitt. (Photo © Sportfot)
American rider Todd Minikus took home the first victory of the Hollow Creek Championship Class Series at the beginning of 2018 Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington.
The first meeting at the Hollow Creek Farm Series was the $25,000 Hollow Creek 1.50m Championship Class II2a, resulting Todd Minikus winner with the 12-year-old gelding Carlo (Casall x Landlord) owned by North Face Farm.
After completing a regular round with the participation of 20 pairs, only 5 riders returned for the jump-off round with Todd Minikus scoring an unbeatable time of 36.67 seconds as second in the star order, beating also American rider Michael Desiderio, who had put a difficult time of 37.35 seconds with the 13-year-old mare Aminka (Ephebe for Ever x Heartbreaker).
For third place Emily Moffitt of Great Britain completed the last double clear round in 38.13 seconds accompanied by the 10-year-old mare It’s Real Love VD Smis Z (C Indoctro x Liberato I), while completed the jump-off American riders Andrew Welles with the 10-yearold gelding Serpico (ARS Vivendi x Aldatus Z) ranked fourth in 4 fouls and Blythe Karolyi with the 12-year-old gelding Bravoure (Tolano van’t Riethof x Goodwill) recorded the same 4 fouls in fifth place.
By Latino riders Alonso Valdez Prado of Peru finished in seventh place accompanied by the 10-year-old stallion Diabolo La Quadra exceeding the time allowed to be penalized with 3 fouls. For his part, Carlos Myrrha from Brazil ranked 12th with the 9-year-old gelding Quintender LS (Quidam de Revel x Contender), Ecuadorian rider Diego Vivero with mare HRB Dance finished 16th and Juan Bolaños from El Salvador ranked 18th with the 12-year-old gelding Pretzel Logic (Adlantus As x Chasseur I).