Wellington, Florida, USA – January 20, 2021 – Todd Minikus (USA) and Alberto Michan (ISR) bested a field of 105 entries in the $6,000 Bainbridge Companies 1.40m Jumpers as the second week of the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) got underway at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC). As there were too many entries in the class, it had to be run under a California-split format, with Minikus claiming victory in Section A while Michan in Section B of the contest.
Michan and his own Cosa Nostra, an 11-year-old Oldenburg mare, left all the jumps on their cups for no penalties and crossed the finish line of the two-phase challenge in 24.221 seconds. The victory marked their return to the ring for the first time since showing in the CSI 3* in Wellington in November 2020.
Sarah Hubbard (USA) and Latino van de Looise Heide (Cantos x Hadrilla Van De Looiseheide) were just over a second slower, earning silver honors in 25.352 seconds.
Lauren Hough (USA) and Viva (Vivaldi K x Arlette) also advanced to and completed the second part of the challenge without having any penalties attributed to them, rounding out the top three in 26.139 seconds.
“I gave her a nice break because she did a lot this past year,” he said. “I’m just starting to get her back to the ring, and I had planned to do two classes this week, but I felt her jumping so well I decided she would only jump today. Hopefully I’ll continue to bring her back to do the CSI4* and CSI5*. She has a lot of experience, she’s very careful and scopey, and I’m very happy to feel her first time out in such great shape. I’m hoping to have a good, long year.”
Source: Press release (edited) by Kate Pettersen / Jennifer Wood Media Inc. for ESP – Equestrian Sports Productions / PBIEC – Palm Beach International Equestrian Center
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