Wellington, Fl (August 18, 2015)- International show jumper Todd Minikus and the twelve-year-old mare Quality Girl are gearing up to defend their title in the Canadian Pacific $1 Million Grand Prix at the CSI-5* HITS-on-the-Hudson VIII in Saugerties, New York, on September 2-6. Minikus and Quality Girl, an Oldenburg owned by The Quality Group, claimed the crown at the 2014 competition and took second in the same class in 2013.
Before defending the pair’s title at Saugerties, Minikus and his string of show jumpers are headed to Princeton Show Jumping’s USEF Jumper Level 4 show with the $30,00 Grand Prix of Princeton 1.40m, to be held on August 19-23 near Princeton, New Jersey, in Skillman. He will compete on both Quality Girl and Cordonos, a fourteen-year-old Oldenburg gelding owned by Matthew de Grande of Long Valley, New Jersey.
Minikus is looking forward to competing with Quality Girl and Cordonos in Princeton. His wife Amanda and his children will accompany him to watch the family’s patriarch compete there. Amanda Minikus credits Andrew Philbrick, a former U.S. equestrian team rider now with Princeton Show Jumping and Hunter Farms based out of Skillman, NJ, with creating a relaxed atmosphere at the show.
“He does a very nice job with the shows,” Amanda Minikus said about the Princeton show. “It’s not high stress, and the footing is great. We’ve gone there before and we really enjoy the experience.”
After Princeton, Minikus and Cordonos will head to the Hamptons for the 2015 Hampton Classic in Bridgehampton, New York, on August 23-30. They will be accompanied by Babalou 41, a ten-year-old Oldenburg mare owned by Two Swans Farm. Minikus and Babalou recently returned from Europe, where they delivered faultless rides for Team USA to earn the team bronze medal at the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup at the Longines Royal International Horse Show in Hickstead, Great Britain, and went on to again ride for the U.S. Nations Cup Team in Dublin, Ireland.
After the Hampton Classic, it’s finally on to Saugerties, New York, for the FEI CSI-5* HITS-on-the-Hudson VIII to defend Minikus and Quality Girl’s Champion title in the Canadian Pacific $1 Million Grand Prix. Minikus and Con Capilot, a twelve-year-old Westphalian stallion owned by Plum Creek Farm and Nancy Gooding, will also compete in New York. Con Capilot recently returned from competing in Ireland and the U.K. with Minikus— where the pair went clear in the Avery Crest Ski Chalets Speed Stakes, placing sixth out of 93 combinations.
Not one to let grass grow under his feet, Minikus and Babalou 41 will then fly to Canada to represent the United States at the Rolex CSIO5* Spruce Meadows Masters’ Tournament on September 9-13 in Calgary, Alberta. He and Quality Girl will then add to an impressive list of the world’s top equestrians competing at the second annual Rolex Central Park Horse Show on September 23-27 in New York, New York. From there, Minikus and Babalou 41 will head south to compete at the Longines Los Angeles Masters— part of the Longines Masters Grand Slam of Show Jumping series— on October 1-4.
You can follow Minikus’ jam-packed competition schedule on his cadre of brilliant equine partners at www.ToddMinikus.com, and follow Todd Minikus on Facebook. Team Minikus— including his sponsors Vita Flex, TheraPlate Revolution, Neue Schule Bits, Premier Equestrian, Charles Owen, Draper Therapies, Parlanti, Purina Mills, Veredus, and CWD— is poised and determined to continue to achieve outstanding success in the show arena.
Photo: Todd Minikus spending some quality time with Quality Girl (Photo courtesy of Amanda Minikus)