There aren’t many people who would consider the Washington International a warm-up show. But the veteran team of McLain Ward and Sapphire made a stop in the nation’s capital a priority before heading to Europe this winter and topped the $100,000 President’s Cup CSI-W.
“My plan all along was that if Sapphire came out of the world championships well, we would do two shows in Europe in December,” said Ward, Brewster, N.Y. “I wanted to do one warm-up show, and she’s handled this well in the past.”
It’s been 19 long years since Todd Minikus topped the feature class at the Washington International Horse Show, but he captured another with Callie Seaman’s Alaska on Saturday night in the $100,000 President’s Cup Grand Prix CSI-W.
“I won this in 1990, when I was 11 years old, the youngest rider ever to win it,” joked Minikus. “I always enjoy it because of the history behind the class. The President’s Cup is one of the most prestigious grand prix, but any win is a good win.”
Scott Stewart didn’t get to follow his usual routine prepping for this year’s Washington International Horse Show in downtown D.C.
Like last year, Stewart opted to skip the Pennsylvania National in order to give his horses a break during the grueling indoor season. But their planned week turnout and light work at Stewart’s River’s Edge Farm in Flemington, N.J., disappeared when Mother Nature didn’t co-operate.