Todd Minikus and I Dottori VD Richter. (Photo courtesy of JRPR)
Wellington, FL (January 2, 2019) – Excitement is already beginning to build in Wellington, Florida as top equestrians from all over gather together to compete against the best sport horses and riders in the world. This week, while most people were off enjoying a relaxing holiday break, riders Todd Minikus and David Oliynyk were hard at work and jumping their way to winning shows sponsored by Semican. On Sunday, Minikus claimed the blue ribbon at the $30,000 Semican Grand Prix to conclude 2018 ESP Holiday III competition at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC), and David Oliynyk rode to victory at the $5000 USHJA National Hunter Derby sponsored by Semican.
Riding his own 2008 Belgian Warmblood gelding, I Dottori VD Richter (Winningmood Van de Arenberg x Heartbreaker), Minikus jumped against 17 competitors to finally clinch the jump off with a time of 45.858 seconds. “I thought it was a pretty nice course for a $30,000 Grand Prix,” Minikus described. “There ended up being 5 horses clear, and I got the luck of the draw and got to go last in the jump-off,” he added.
The excitement continued when Oliynyk dominated the $5000 USHJA National Hunter Derby aboard Laurie Gaudet’s Generous with a score of 179.5 to bring home the blue. As a company based in Canada, Semican was thrilled to support the Wellington sport horse community by sponsoring these exciting shows.