Todd Minikus and Amex Z Slice Their Way to a $37,000 Horseware Ireland Welcome Stake CSI 2* Win

Todd Minikus and Amex Z ©Sportfot

Mill Spring, NC – July 10, 2020 – Todd Minikus (USA) and Amex Z had a moment of disagreement on course and still dominated the jump-off in a time of 37.767 seconds to claim a $37,000 Horseware Ireland Welcome Stake CSI 2* win at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) to kick off Tryon Summer 5 competition. Just behind on a time of 37.875 seconds, Sydney Shulman (ISR) and Azilis Du Mesnil, Jill Shulman’s 2009 Selle Francais mare (Tinka’s Boy x Jarnac), took second place, with Lillie Keenan (USA) and Fasther, the Chansonette Farm LLC entry and 2010 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Vigo D’Arsouilles x Farmer), stopping the timers at 38.277 seconds for third.

Minikus and the 2009 Zangersheide mare (Andiamo Z x Landaris) owned by the Bit By Bit Group stuttered a bit on their way to the second jump-off obstacle, he explained: “It was a fast jump-off. I kind of got stuck in the corner from fence one to two, and almost circled, actually, and finally she came around, and I continued on to the fence. I thought for sure I wasn’t going to be fast enough, but it was good enough.”

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David Blake and Don’t Touch Du Bois ©Sportfot

David Blake and Don’t Touch Du Bois Untouchable in $10,000 Power & Speed Stake CSI 2*

July 9, 2020 – David Blake (IRL) and Don’t Touch Du Bois, a 2009 Belgian Sport Horse mare (Kashmir Van Schuttershof x Indoctro) owned by Pine Hollow Farm, dominated the speed phase in 26.893 seconds to take the win in Wednesday’s $10,000 Power & Speed Stake. Rowan Willis (AUS) and Wellington Grandorie, a 2011 British Warmblood mare (Balloon x Grandira) owned by himself and Lady Mornington, claimed second with a speed phase time of 27.419 seconds, while Daniel Geitner (USA) and Vesta De Lavardin, the 2009 Selle Francis mare (Diamant De Semilly x Gentleman Platiere) owned by November Hill, rounded out the podium on a time of 28.404 seconds.

Tryon Summer 5 continues through Sunday, July 12, featuring a Friday $6,000 Speed Stake CSI 2* and the highlight $73,000 JTWG, Inc. Grand Prix CSI 2* Saturday evening in Tryon Stadium. While the entire Summer Series is closed to spectators, highlight classes are available for free live streaming  

For full results from the $10,000 Power & Speed Stake CSI 2*, click here.

For full results from the $37,000 Horseware Ireland Welcome Stake CSI 2*, click here. 

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