Todd Minikus and Luken Du Rouet were the last to enter the arena for the $2,500 1.40m Speed competition at the Spilt Rock Jumping Tour’s Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Columbus CSI 3*-W, the second week of the Tour’s run at the Brave Horse Show Park in Johnstown, Ohio. Action started Wednesday with national classes; FEI classes get underway on Thursday.
This pair had won two classes last week at the SRJT Columbus International CSI 2*, and 57.51 seconds later they claimed another win. Luken Du Rouet, a 12-year-old gelding owned by Erin Schiller, has become a consistent winner under Minikus.
“I had several horses to ride in this class and to tell you the truth they all went nicely, but I kept having little bummer four faults here, bummer four faults there, and I was getting a little frustrated,” said Minikus. “Luken won two classes last week and he came through with another awesome round again today. I started showing him at the end of Florida, and he is really moving up the ranks well. He is a sale horse that someone who wants to win should be buying.”
The $1,000 1.30m Speed class was won by Adam Prudent and Plain Bay Sales’ Vasco. The duo completed the course fault-free in a time of 51.732 seconds.
Ed Copeland and Visto’s Bespoke walked away with the blue ribbon in the $1,000 1.20m Speed competition. Visto’s Bespoke, owned by Twin Horse LLC, bested the field of 22 competitors by completing the course in 59.609 seconds without penalty.
The first day’s action culminated with the FEI Jog for the international competitors. Riders representing ten nations presented 65 horses to the Ground Jury and official veterinarians for inspection before they begin competition on Thursday.
All the action at Spilt Rock Jumping Tour’s Longines World Cup™ Jumping Columbus CSI 3*-W and winner interviews are available on live stream at www.SplitRockJumpingTour.com. Admission to the horse show at Brave Horse Show Park is free.