Saugerties, New York (August 10, 2016)— Todd Minikus and Quality Girl set a blazing fast pace that proved impossible to beat in the $75,000 UlcerGard Grand Prix held at HITS Saugerties in Saugerties, New York this past weekend.
The pair, who has had an undeniably successful summer with big wins at the Kentucky Spring Classic and the Tryon International Equestrian Center, was one of 33 horse and rider combinations that took part in the $75,000 Grand Prix on Sunday afternoon. “Quality Girl does go well in Saugerties, and I think she likes the footing here— it is a little bit more firm,” said Minikus after the class. “I thought the jumps were big enough, and I think when they lengthened the door for a few more clear, that made for a great jump-off.”
The Sunday afternoon Grand Prix saw riders competing over a course designed by Mark McGowan. The initial first round time was 80 seconds, but the time was increased after the first few riders failed to meet the designated time allowed. Minikus and Quality girl completed the jump off with a clear and blazing fast time of 38.947 seconds, putting them almost three seconds ahead of Leslie Burr Howard and Quadam, who finished the jump off with a time of 42.244.
“She’s just a pure winner, and I’m lucky to have her,” remarked Minikus about his longtime partner Quality Girl. The 13-year-old Oldenburg mare (Quidam’s Rubin x Dubrock) owned by the Quality Group continues to prove her spot as one of Minikus’ top horses. She is known for her fierce competitive spirit and blistering pace. Quality Girl is especially famous on the HITS Saugerties show grounds, as she has won the $1 Million Grand Prix twice, and will attempt to do it again this year on September 6-11. “Hopefully this was her school for the Million,” grinned Minikus. “I am next taking a few horses to the Hampton Classic, but she will stay home and get really fit, eat as much Purina Feed as I can feed her, and hopefully come back here and win in a few weeks.”
While Quality Girl is getting ready for the upcoming $1 Million Grand Prix, Minikus will head to the Hampton Classic on August 28 – September 4 in Bridgehampton, New York with Two Swans Farm’s mares Babalou 41, Vita 24, and I Am Nala. While at the Hampton Classic, Minikus will be representing the New York Junior League— a non-profit organization of women committed to improving local communities through volunteers and active leadership— in the inaugural Jump for Charity event. “Babalou was great in the World Cup Qualifier in Bromont last weekend and I think she is ready for the Hampton Classic and we are really looking forward to that show,” said Minikus.
Team Minikus won’t be slowing down as the summer comes to a close. “There is a lot of good showing coming up in the fall that I am looking forward to,” said Minikus. “We are looking forward to competing in The Gold Cup, Central Park, and the Los Angeles Masters before heading home for the winter.”
Home for Minikus is Todd Minikus Show Stables, which offers sales and training services just minutes from Wellington, Florida’s Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) show grounds. To learn about the services Minikus offers or to follow the action as Team Minikus competes around the globe, check out Todd Minikus on Facebook and Instagram, or visit www.ToddMinikusShowJumping.com.
Photo: Todd Minikus and Quality Girl competing at Longine Global Champions Tour in Miami, Florida (photo courtesy of JRPR—no photo credit necessary).