Todd Minikus of Loxahatchee, Fla., rode Uraguay to win the $7,500 Open Jumper, time first jump-off, class, in a seven-horse jump-off in the first class Tuesday evening at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair.
First in the ring, Minikus posted a time of 28.248. McLain Ward on Rothchild came close, beaten by only five-tenths of a second.
"My horse really got across the ground better than I'd expected in the first round," Minikus said.
Rain had been steady all day, but the new footing laid down in the Dixon Oval three years ago remains about the same, rain or shine, and rode better for Uraguay than Minikus had expected.
Minikus said he thought his quick turn to the third fence in the jump-off may have made the five-tenths of a second difference.
Lisa Jacquin of Wayne, Delaware County, on Chapel C was third, clean in 32.730, and Callan Sollem of Glenmoore, Chester County, was fourth on VDL Torlando.
Laura Chapot, who has posted many victories in the Dixon Oval, started her quest for more wins in the Seven Year Old Young Jumpers on the afternoon schedule.
The Seven Year Old class doesn't count toward the Open Jumper Championship, but Chapot added to her total number of wins at Devon by winning it on Castellana, a mare owned by her mother, Mary.
"We just got Castellana last January," Chapot said. "She's an Irish bred by Cruise On, who is by Cruising."
"She's my kind of horse," Chapot said. "She has a lot of energy and tries hard over all the jumps. She's naturally fast, so I don't have to push her to make time.