Todd Minikus with Amex Z. © Sportfot.
Wellington, FL – January 28, 2021 – Another action-packed day at the 2022 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) took place on Friday, January 28, during the NetJets-sponsored WEF 3. The International Arena took no time to get into the swing of things as an impressive 62 combinations showed up for the day’s main event, the $37,000 Douglas Elliman Real Estate 1.45m CSI4*, and no one was able to best Todd Minikus (USA) and Amex Z, owned by Bit by Bit Group.
The class was the only four-star event on Friday and drew a significant number of exhibitors to contest Peter Grant’s (CAN) one-round speed track. The time allowed was set at a comfortable 88 seconds which meant there was almost no difficulty with navigating through the final fence underneath the cutoff. Of the starting number, 29 horse-and-rider pairings managed to successfully answer all questions on the course while 19 duos suffered just one unfortunate rail. When Minikus entered with his long-time talented mount, Amex Z, it was clear the pair were not riding for second place.
“I was a little frustrated with how I rode yesterday,” Minikus admitted. “My mare tried to go super nice for me, and I rode a bit under par, so I was definitely riding to make up for it today.”
Rylie True Tops EMO Insurance/USHJA 3’3” Jumping Seat Medal
The Equine Tack & Nutritionals Ring had 35 entries on Friday for the USHJA EMO Insurance 3’3” Jumping Seat Medal.
Rylie True, of Bedminster, NJ, rode to the win aboard Utrillo Du Soleil after a test on the flat that saw the top 12 riders called back.
“We planned for a big, nice, bold pace since I noticed that working out well for riders in the previous class,” said True.
She executed her plan for Utrillo Du Soleil, a 14-year-old Warmblood gelding owned by Reese Merna, and ultimately found that they were well suited for the test.
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