Todd Minikus and Calvalou Capture $25,000 Sunday Classic Win

Todd Minikus and Calvalou ©Sportfot

Mill Spring, NC – July 5, 2020 – Tryon Summer 4 concluded with a win for Todd Minikus (Lake Worth, FL) and Calvalou, stopping the jump-off timers in 34.762 seconds to best the field at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC). Kristen VanderVeen (Wellington, FL) and Bull Run’s Almighty, the 2008 Hanoverian gelding (Caspar x Quidam De Revel) owned by Bull Run Jumpers Six LLC, combined to produce a 35.398 second jump-off round for second place, while the podium was completed by Ginger Pop, the 2009 Irish Sport Horse mare (Luidam x Cruising), with Alison Robitaile (Upperville, VA) in the irons for Bertram and Diana Firestone clearing the short course in a time of 35.592 seconds. 

Minikus and the 2007 Oldenburg gelding (Calvaro F.C. x Baloubet du Rouet) owned by Todd Minikus, LTD were able to turn and burn across the Oscar Soberon (Dallas, TX) course design to take the win, Minikus explained. “He’s had some nice successes and jumped big classes [in the last year that we’ve had him]. He hasn’t always been able to turn so well in the jump-offs, but lately he’s been turning better, and today he turned fantastically. I couldn’t be happier!”


Marion Gefaell and Home Run Bound Slide into $10,000 USHJA Pony Derby Win

Marion Gefaell and Home Run Bound ©Sportfot

July 4, 2020 – Marion Gefaell (Winston-Salem, NC) and her own Home Run Bound covered all bases to win the $10,000 USHJA Pony Derby at TIEC with a final score of 158. Just one point shy of first-place honors, Riley McKesson (Wellington, FL) and her own High Tops landed second place with 157 points, while JJ Torano (Wellington, FL) and Somekindawonderful, owned by Augusta Iwasaki, took third with a total of 154.5.


David O’Brien and Maldonado SCF Win $6,000 Speed Stake CSI 3*

David O’Brien and Maldonado SCF ©Sportfot

July 3, 2020 – David O’Brien (IRL) and Maldonado SCF, a 2012 Belgian Warmblood gelding (Diktator van de Boslandhoeve x Landino) owned by Spy Coast Farm, LLC, won the Tryon Summer 4 $6,000 Speed Stake CSI 3* at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), stopping the jump-off timers at 63.82 seconds. Katherine Strauss (USA) and Famous, a 2010 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Aerobic TN x Kojak) owned by Katherine Strauss, LLC, took second place on a clear jump-off performance of 65.25 seconds, while Aaron Vale (USA) and Elusive, a 2009 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Rodrigoo x Capfucino), owned by Thinks Like A Horse, claimed third-place honors on time of 65.66 seconds.

Hunter Highlights

In the High Performance Hunter 4’ Division, Kelley Farmer (Lexington, KY) secured the win with the David Glefke and Oakmont Stables LLC entry, Meaningful. Joy Janouskovec (Raleigh, NC) and Casadoble, owned by Sharon Winnie, followed as reserve champion.  

Eliza Hay (Johns Island, SC) and Stehle Wolfe’s Pepperwood Enchanted won top honors in the USHJA Hunter 2’ Division with reserve champion honors going to Katherine Mercer (Wellington, FL) aboard her own Clovermead Pop Secret. 

Michael Newman (Pace, FL) claimed both champion and reserve champion titles with Blakely Ansley’s Superlative and Maggie Huffman’s Kepler respectively in the Baby Green Hunter 2’6” Division.

Jumper Highlights

Leslie Burr-Howard (Newtown, CT) and After Eight, owned by Laure Sudreau and Peter Howard, claimed champion status in the Nutrena 1.40m Open Jumper Division while reserve champion honors ended with a tie between Aaron Vale (Williston, FL) and Thinks Like A Horse’s Lebron and Victor Amaya (Ocean, NJ) aboard Susanne Hanson’s Jenco DW. 

In the JTWG, Inc. 1.30m Open Jumper Division, Aaron Vale (Williston, FL) claimed champion status with Obi Wan, owned by Thinks Like A Horse. Jad Dana (Calgary, AB) and Midonal Partners’ Cardi B took home reserve champion.  

Nikko Ritter (Geneva, FL) and WT Scorsese, owned by Oak Meadow Ranch, LLC, landed the champion title in the 1.20 Open Jumper Division. The reserve champion title ended in a tie between Tomas Yofre (Lexington, KY) aboard Peacock Ridge LLC’s Dasino and Lindsay Bedoya (Magnolia, TX) riding her own Majik.