Todd Minikus is enjoying a winning week at the Tryon International Equestrian Center, where he and the Bit By Bit Group’s 10-year-old Zangersheide mare Amex Z won Sunday’s $36,000 1.45m Sunday Classic CSI 3* and yesterday’s $72,000 Horseware Ireland Welcome Stake CSI 4*.
Besides Amex Z, Todd has built strong partnerships with others in his string like Calvalou, Chaventyno, and Quality Girl, all of whom he competes at the 1.60m grand prix level. So what’s his secret for selecting and developing horses?
“The first thing I would keep in mind is: what is the end goal. Is it an amateur jumper, sale horse, or a grand prix prospect? All of those situations determine the way I would go about developing the horse,” Todd says.
“If it’s a horse that I want to compete myself, then when I try to develop it, I am more concerned that the horse stays competitive. I think that you can train horses with them being the winner, or you can practice with them being the loser.
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