Team Minikus brought the heat with countless wins and top placing’s during the start of HITS Chicago held at the historic Balmoral Park. Coming off successful Tryon Summer series, Team Minikus came in fresh and ready to win with over twelve horses competing and three team members in the irons. Minikus himself brought home some big wins to top it all off and as the team gears up for the rest of HITS Chicago you can bet this is only the beginning of the blues to be hung.
Kicking off the weekend was Minikus riding Luigi owned by Carone Stucky to a top five finish in the 1.30m Jumper both days, followed by Tasmanie VH Lindehof Z taking the win in the 1.30m Jumper. Minikus also competed in the $35,000 Balmoral Park Welcome taking second on Legacy Stable’s Chaventyno, and taking eighth on Bit by Bit Group’s Amex Z. Following that impressive group of placings, Minikus piloted Lord Calador owned by Melissa Bilodeau to victory in the $10,000 Kindred Bio 1.40m Open Jumper Prix. To top off Minikus’ thrilling weekend was Quality Girl taking home fourth in the $50,000 Adequan Grand Prix.
Team Minikus rider Catherine Wachtell rode Enzo owned by Autumn View Farm to three top five finishes in the JR/AO/AM 1.30/1.40m, 1.20m/1.30 and in the 1.35m Jumpers. Wachtell also competed two horses, Indy Van De Roten and Coverboy both are owned by Autumn View Farm to first and sixth respectively in the $5,000 SJHOF JR/AM/OA 1.40m. Victoria Zelch rode two horses owned by Musical Woods LLC, Dazzle White, and Sniper. Dazzle White and Zelch won the JR/AO/AM CWD Jumper 1.30/1.40m, and took top five finishes in the 1.20m/1.30m and in the $3,000 Summit Joint JR/AO/AM Jumper 1.35m.
Next stops for Team Minikus after Balmoral Park, Chicago and their HITS summer series, the Saugerties Hits- on-the-Hudson VIII for the FEI CSI5* followed by the Hampton Classic in late August.
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