Todd Minikus Scores a Win at The Hampton Classic, Heads For a Shot at Saugerties $1 Million

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Todd Minikus and Quality Girl head to Saugerties to compete in the $1 Million FEI CSI5* Grand Prix at HITS in New York (Photo courtesy of Sara Cole)

Bridgehampton, New York (September 8, 2016)International show jumper Todd Minikus rounded off an impressive summer season with another win this past weekend at The Hampton Classic Horse Show in Bridgehampton, New York, capturing the $10,000 Shamrock Ventures Open Jumper 1.40m with one of his up-and-coming stars, Vita 24. The spirited bay proved herself a force to be reckoned with, jumping past 40 entries to win the final with a time of 53.788 seconds.

A recent addition to his elite team of horses, Vita 24 is one of three talented mares owned by Two Swans Farm that Minikus competed at the August 28 – September 4 event. Like Babalou 41 and I Am Nala, the 11-year-old Holsteiner mare (Carinjo x Rocca I) appears to be on the fast track to success in the hands of Minikus, who is known for making young and green horses into international superstars. 

Shortlisted with Babalou 41 to compete in Europe this spring for a place on the U.S. Olympic team, Minikus returned to the U.S. in time for an undeniably successful summer with his competitive equine partners at all levels, from youngsters in the 6 & 7-Year-Old 1.25 classes to his acclaimed Grand Prix champion Quality Girl. The Hampton Classic win comes after a string of recent victories, including winning the $250,000 Tryon Estates Grand Prix CSI4* at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in North Carolina and the $75,000 UlcerGuard Grand Prix at the HITS Saugerties Series in New York.

Minikus will return to the HITS Saugerties show grounds on September 11 for the Saugerties $1 Million Grand Prix CSI5*, which he won in 2014 with longtime partner Quality Girl, owned by the Quality Group. Minikus and the 13-year-old Oldenburg mare (Quidams Rubin x Dobrock) will compete against 50 of the world’s top horse-and-rider combinations, including individual medal winners of the most recent Olympic Games, Pan-American Games, FEI World Championships, and FEI Continental Championships. This highly anticipated summers end event, now an FEI CSI5* class, will be open to the public. Those eager to find out if Quality Girl’s blazing fast speed will again take the top honors can purchase tickets in advance by contacting the HITS Box Office or at the gate. 

After Saugerties, those interested in tuning in to the action with Minikus and his team of titleholders and future champions can find him at the American Gold Cup held at Old Salem Farm in New York on September 14 – 18, the Central Park Horse Show held in New York City on September 21 – 25, and the Longines Masters in Los Angeles, California on September 29 – October 2. After that, Minikus and his team will head home to Wellington, Florida for the winter. 

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 that Minikus offers or to follow him as he competes around the globe, check out Todd Minikus on Facebook and Instagram, or visit www.ToddMinikusShowJumping.com