Post-Toronto: Minikus Sets Sights on European Competition

Toronto, Canada (July 27, 2015) It’s been a superb Canadian tour for Todd Minikus, 2007 U.S. Pan American Games Team Bronze Medalist and career winner of more than 75 Grand Prix titles. While at Spruce Meadows this summer, Minikus collected a $34,000 WestJet Cup win in the ‘Canada One’ Tournament FEI series on Plum Creek Hollow Farm’s Con Capilot, second-place on The Quality Group’s Quality Girl in the $85,000 Enbridge Cup, reserve in the $210,000 CP Grand Prix at the Continental CSI 5* on Two Swan Farms’ Babalou 41, and third in the $400,000 Queen Elizabeth II Cup with Babalou. Next, Minikus will travel overseas to compete at the Longines Royal International Horse Show in Hickstead, the United Kingdom, and the Dublin Horse Show in Dublin, Ireland.

Minikus and Babalou 41 prepared for their journey to Europe in Toronto, Canada, where they were poised and ready to serve as Traveling Reserve for what would become the U.S. Bronze medal-winning Show Jumping Team at the 2015 Pan American Games. Spruce Meadows competitions had only sharpened their form, as the 10 year-old Oldenburg mare (Balou de Rouet x Silvio I) breezed through her Pan American vet checks.

The next legs of Minikus’s world tour are quickly approaching: the Longines Royal International Horse Show is July 29 – August 2 at Hickstead, and Ireland’s Dublin Horse Show will follow on August 5-9.

Minikus and his talented string plan to compete for some of the most coveted titles on the UK’s national show jumping circuit. Ahead are the Templant Events Queen Elizabeth II Cup, and Longines King George V Gold Cup— which is Sunday’s finale and one of the oldest and most prestigious classes in the world. Just last November, Minikus (on Quality Girl) was a thrilling second to Pan Am teammate McLain Ward in the $100,000 Hickstead FEI World Cup Grand Prix at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.

Minikus will head to the Dublin CSIO5*/CSIYH1* having last faced some of Ireland’s top show jumping riders— Darragh Kenny, Shane Sweetnam, Cian O’Connor, and Kevin Babington— in February during the Nations Cup in Wellington, Florida. Minikus’s double clear rounds posted with Babalou 41 served to help clinch a Gold medal win for the U.S. Nations Cup team, ahead of Ireland.

When not competing internationally, Todd Minikus offers sales and training services just minutes from Wellington, Florida’s Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) show grounds. Follow Team Minikus on Facebook or click to ensure you don’t miss a minute of Minikus or the news that keeps the world jumping. 


Photo: Todd Minikus, pictured here with Two Swan Farms’ Babalou 41, will be competing in the Longines Royal International Horse Show at Hickstead, and Ireland’s Dublin Horse Show (Photo courtesy of Fredrik Stattin)