Todd Minikus and Quality Girl (photo courtesy of Liz Crawley Photography).
Tryon, North Carolina (July 26, 2016) — Todd Minikus and his champion mare, Quality Girl, are not new faces to the winner’s circle. This week, the dynamic team won blue yet again by being the only double clear in the $216,000 Tryon Estates Grand Prix CSI 4*. After the victory, Minikus paused to thank his staff and family for the role they play in his ongoing success. “You have to have a top team. My wife, the girls that work for us, and all of our supporters and sponsors put in so much effort. It’s always a great feeling to finish on top because it’s a testament to their hard work, too.” Not only is Minikus surrounded by a strong staff but he is also supported by sponsors that help him keep his horses competition ready.
Minikus and Quality Girl have a long history of success together. The pair has won many Grand Prix classes, including three back-to-back wins this spring at the Kentucky Spring Classic at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. “Quality Girl jumped fantastic tonight,” Minikus noted after the $216,000 Tryon Estates Grand Prix CSI 4*. “It felt so solid the whole way around that I never even questioned if she would rub a jump. She really was on her job tonight. You know, she’s tough. She has an opinion about everything and you have to pick and choose your battles with her. She’s a pure winner, though, and has been that way since the day we got her.”
The 13-year-old Oldenburg mare (Quidams Rubin x Dobrock), owned by the Quality Group, has just recently begun jumping again after being sidelined with a minor injury at the beginning of the Tryon Summer Series. “I am really lucky that I have a great team of veterinarians and farriers that are ready at a moment’s notice to help my horses recover from the stresses of showing,” remarked Minikus. “I also have great sponsors that provide me with products that keep my horses in top condition and allow me to compete consistently at the top level.”
In line with his ‘it takes a village’ mentality, Minikus has amassed an impressive group of sponsors that provide him access to the latest trends in equine therapy. Theraplate Revolution Therapy Platforms’ state of the art equipment helps to increase circulation and reduce inflammation in his string of competitive show jumpers. Horseware Ireland not only keeps Team Minikus looking stylish with custom blankets but they also provide them with products like IceVibe Boots to help the horses recover after a strenuous work out. Schneiders Tack supplies quality products like LaserWrap bandages to help the horses recover from injury and increase bone health. Draper Therapies and Accuhorsemat also provide Minikus with products that help keep his horses happy, healthy, and sound.
While at home in Wellington, Florida, Premier Equestrian provides Team Minikus with state-of-the-art footing and durable jumps to train with, making show preparation easy.
The top equine nutritional feed company, Purina, has been one of team Minikus’ longest supporters and supplies him with top quality grain to give his horses the energy they need to compete all year long. Vita Flex, an industry leader in equine nutritional supplements, also supports Minikus and makes sure that his horses get complete care from the inside out.
Other sponsors of Minikus’ include Charles Owen helmets, CWD saddles, Neue Schule bits which all provide products that enable Minikus and his horses to perform at their best while staying in style with the latest equipment. “It absolutely takes a village to keep this train moving,” smiled Minikus.
After four weeks of international competition, the summer series at the Tryon International Equestrian Center has come to a close. Next, Minikus and Two Swans Farm’s Babalou 41 will head to Bromont, Quebec to compete in the Bromont CSI-3* World Cup Qualifying event. This is a highly anticipated event for Minikus, as he has made attending the 2017 World Cup finals in Omaha, Nebraska a priority because of his mid-western roots. “That is my home turf and it would be really special for me to compete there,” Minikus said. Following the Bromont CSI-3*, Minikus will head to HITS on the Hudson in Saugerties, New York before finally making his way to Bridgehampton, New York to compete in the famed Hampton Classic Horse Show.
Todd Minikus Show Stables 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.