Articles: Press Release
Minikus Wins at Spruce Meadows
Marty Bauman, (508) 698-6810, firstname.lastname@example.org
Joanna Smith, (908) 234-1251, email@example.com
Gladstone, NJ-September 7, 2001-U.S. Equestrian Team (USET) veteran Todd
Minikus of Loxahatchee, FL topped a stellar international field and won
Thursday's $30,000 Cana Cup at the Spruce Meadows Masters in Calgary,
Riding his What Nu, "Who shows up for work every day and rarely does not
give 110 percent," Minikus topped a 15-horse tiebreaker going clean in
34.468 seconds. The runner-up was Peter Charles of Ireland with Traxdata
Carnavelley, who finished in 35.878 seconds after veering sharply to the
left between the first and second fences.
Other U.S. riders who placed in the class included Lauren Hough of Ocala,
FL, ninth on Windy City, owned by Peppercorn Ltd., and Beezie Madden of
Cazenovia, NY, 12th on Judgement, owned by Iron Spring Farm. Hough and
Madden, along with Margie Goldstein Engle of West Palm Beach, FL, who placed
second on Hidden Creek Jones to World Champion Rodrigo Pessoa of Brazil in
the $25,000 Prudential Steel Cup, join Minikus on the USET squad competing
at CSIO Spruce Meadows.
Minikus said he will save his top horse, Oh Star -- the alternate for the
Sydney Olympics and winner of this summer's $100,000 Rolex USET Championship
and $175,000 Cargill Grand Prix of the United States -- until Saturday's
Nations' Cup. USET Chef d'Equipe George Morris drew the number one starting
spot for the U.S. team, a tough position considering the caliber of the
competition. Seven squads, including Olympic champion Germany, will compete
on Saturday in the semi-final of the Samsung Nations Cup series. The USET
already is qualified for the final in Madrid, Spain later this month by
virtue of being the best overseas team in the series.
Another U.S. win was turned in by Rich Fellers of Wilsonville, OR, who won
the $15,000 Akita Drilling jumper class on Irishmor, owned by Harry and
For daily results, please visit www.uset.org under the discipline of show
jumping and results.
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horses - and provides the support and guidance they need to help them attain
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