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Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club

Pandora Proves to be a Winner

WELLINGTON, FL - January 31, 2001 - Bull rider and US Equestrian Team Veteran, Todd Minikus of Loxahatchee, FL, captured the AmeriChoice Open Speed Competition of the Bayer/USET Gold Coast Classic aboard the 14 year-old Oldenburg mare, Pandora at Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington. Minikus bested a starting field of 35 by turning in a fast, clean ride of 56.23 seconds. Laura Chapot of Neshanic Station, NJ and the 16 year-old Thoroughbred, Star Twist finished in less than one second behind Minikus, turning in the second fastest time of 56.99 seconds. Minikus and Chapot shut out McLain Ward and Margie Engle, the first and second place winner's of the Open Speed competition on Jan. 24, opening day of the 2001 Cosequin Winter Equestrian Festival.

Show jumping action continues on Thursday at the Cosequin Winter Equestrian Festival with the Bayer/USET Challenge Cup. Top athletes to watch include Olympians, Anne Kursinski, Margie Engle and Leslie Howard. They will be riding for $25,000 in prize money.

The Cosequin WEF runs Wednesdays through Sundays at Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, now to March 11. Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for students and seniors, children under 12 admitted free.

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