Minikus rides Quality Girl to win

LAKE PLACID – Todd Minikus of Wellington, Florida, rode Quality Girl to victory in the $30,000 CMJ Sporthorse Jumper Classic Friday at the I Love New York Horse Show in Lake Placid.

Minikus was one of 12 from the starting field of 43 to reach the jump-off by riding without penalty over the first-round course designed by Show Jumping Hall of Famer Steve Stephens. He was then third to try the tiebreaker course and he set a tough mark to beat with another clean round in 31.951 seconds.

None of the remaining entries could catch Minikus’s time. The closest was Adam Prudent of Middleburg, Virginia, who placed second with a clean jump-off ride in 33.830 seconds on Vasco. Third place went to Laura Chapot of Neshanic Station, New Jersey, on Quointreau Un Prince with a clean ride in 34.831 seconds.

“This mare is really fast and I have kind of a timer in my head so I thought our time could be good enough,” Minikus said. “Fortunately, that did turn out to be the case.”

Earlier on Friday, Laura Chapot continued her domination of the horse show’s speed classes with another win on Umberto in the Adirondack Life 1.35meter Power & Speed Stake.

The I Love New York Horse Show, the second of three consecutive horse shows at the North Elba Show Grounds, continues through Sunday and is then followed by the inaugural Adirondack Horse Show, July 9-13.

The Lake Placid Horse Shows draw a wide range of riders, including Olympic veterans and international show jumping stars. The three-week horse show series hosts all levels of competition, from those just beginning their riding careers on ponies all the way up to grand prix competitors, vying for over $750,000 in prize money. The horse show kicks off each morning at 8 a.m. with classes running all day in all four rings.

Highlighting this weekend are today’s $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, Presented by Eastern Hay & Purina Animal Nutrition, and Sunday’s $75,000 I Love New York Grand Prix Presented by Sea Shore Stables. Also on Sunday, the horse show hosts its 22nd Annual Doggie Costume Contest. All people with leashed dogs in costume are admitted to the horse show free of charge. Everyone is invited to participate, whether they are part of the horse show or not. The whole town is welcome.

Contestants will take center stage at 12 p.m. in a ring set up near the horse show’s Richard M. Feldman Grand Prix Field. The contest’s co-sponsors, Animal Planet and The Brown Dog Caf & Wine Bar, will present awards including the Lulu Perpetual Trophy for the funniest costume. Categories include Best in Show, first, second and third place, as well as two Honorable Mentions. There is no entry fee, and all contestants receive a special bag of doggie treats.

Show jumping fans unable to make it to the Lake Placid Horse Shows are still able to watch the competition. HRTV, The Network for Horse Sports, is offering free live webcasts of all classes in the horse show’s Richard M. Feldman Grand Prix Field. The live webcasts, produced by ShowNet, are available free of charge at www.hrtv.com.

Video clips of competition in all rings, as well as schedules and live scoring, are available on the internet at www.ShowNet.biz.

Admission to the Lake Placid Horse Shows is $2 on weekdays and $5 on weekends. Children under the age of 12 are admitted free. Discounts are available for groups of 20 or more and admission is half price with a Price Chopper Advantage Card. Tickets are available at the gate. The horse shows are located at the North Elba Show Grounds, 5514 Cascade Road (Route 73) in Lake Placid, directly across from the ski jumps.

For a behind-the-scenes look at the horse shows, guided walking tours are offered Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 11:30 a.m. The tour costs $1 and starts at the Lake Placid Horse Show’s Retail Booth.

More information on the Lake Placid Horse Shows presented by Sea Shore Stables, LLC is available by calling the Lake Placid Horse Show Association at 523-9625 or online at www.lakeplacidhorseshow.com.