Todd Minikus and his mighty team took on the Kentucky Spring Show held at the historic Kentucky Horse Park. The Spring Show series runs from the beginning of May till May 20th, with Team Minikus being represented by ten horses and three riders during the first two weeks it’s no surprise they took home a number of top finishes. To start the Kentucky tour off strong Minikus and his long time partner Quality Girl took home the win in the $35,000 Welcome Speed 1.45m Class on May 9th.
Minikus and Quality girl took the lead by over three seconds to secure victory over their 26 challengers. The 15-year-old Oldenburg mare owned by the Quality Group is back after nearly a year off, and she’s ready to fight. “Quality Girl has been off for quite a while and she’s just come back and she’s been just awesome… She’s been an awesome horse since the first time I ever showed her. She’s always been a winner.” Said Minikus of his long time partner. In addition to his big ring win, Minikus also took top 6 finishes aboard Excel owned by Autumn View Farm in the 1.40m, and on Luken Du Rouet owned by Erin Schiller in the 1.35m.
The success continued well into the weekend for Minikus and Lord Calador owned by Melissa Bilodeau who bested 44 other combinations to take the win in the 1.35m. Juju VDM owned by Todd Minikus LTD took sixth out of fifty-eight pairs on the 1.40m and took a top ten finish in the 1.45 on Friday. Aboard I Dottori VD Richter owned by Todd Minikus LTD, Minikus took a top five finish in the 1.45m on Friday. On Saturday Minikus brought Quality Girl back into the top with a second place finish out of thirty-six entries in the Hollow Creek Grand Prix, “This is the horse capital of the world and I’ve been horse crazy since I’ve been a little kid, so just driving around here – life couldn’t be better” said Minikus of his time here so far in Kentucky. To finish off the weekend Minikus showed Amex Z owned by the Bit by Bit Group to a fourth place finish out of 32 competitors in the Commonwealth Grand Prix.
Not only was Minikus bringing in the top results two of his students also had their claim to fame during the Kentucky Spring Show. After an outstanding win at Longine’s Maters in New York, Catherine Watchell riding Coverboy owned by Autumn View Farm took the win on Thursday in the High A/O JR Jumper. Watchell followed that up with top ten finishes on Friday with Coverboy in the High A/O JR Jumpers and aboard Indy Van De Roten owned by Autumn View Farm in the High A/O JR Jumper and on Saturday she took fourth in the High A/O Classic riding Coverboy. Victoria Zelch also made a strong showing placing second in the Low JR Jumper aboard Sniper owned by Musical Woods.
A veteran traveler on the national horse show circuit, Minikus is also a FEI Nations Cup veteran and U.S. Pan American Games Team Bronze Medalist.
After joining the ranks of show jumping professionals in 1980, Minikus competed in his very first Grand Prix in 1985. Across subsequent decades, he has forged an impressive career highlighted by over 100 Grand Prix wins, five FEI World Cup Show Jumping Finals, and six Nations Cup teams. In 2001, he was selected by the American Horse Show Association as Horseman of the Year.
When not competing nationally and internationally, Todd Minikus offers sales and training services just minutes from Wellington, Florida’s Winter Equestrian Festival show grounds. To follow all of the horse show action surrounding Team Minikus, check the official Facebook page, Instagram @Todd_Minikus