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Neue Schule’s Todd Minikus Wins $34,000 International Jumper Welcome Stake at the 2014 Washington International Horse Show
Washington D.C. (October 31, 2014) — Show jumping champion Todd Minikus is all about quality. As he and his bay Oldenburg mount Quality Girl prepared to sail over the intimidating course at the $34,000 International Jumper Welcome Stake at the 2014 Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) on October 23, Minikus made sure to have his Neue Schule bit— which he describes as “very high-quality”— ready for competition.
With the Neue Schule bit connecting the horse to the rider as a team, Minikus and Quality Girl won first place in their Thursday class at the 2014 Washington International Horse Show, which was held at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. on October 21-26. Neue Schule is proud of their sponsored rider’s achievement, and glad that the company’s bits could be so helpful to Minikus.
Minikus, who is currently the leading figure in the Longines FEI World Cup™ North American East Coast League standings, has won well over seventy-five Grand Prix competitions during his show jumping career. Even so, the accomplished equestrian wasn’t sure how he would fare in the $34,000 International Jumper Welcome Stake against his talented competitors. “The horses were sure jumping well. You really have to have your game on here; it gets very competitive,” Minikus said.
The Loxahatchee, Florida rider was one of twelve competitors (out of thirty) to jump a clean round over the course designed by Anthony D’Ambrosio. Ten riders moved on to the jump off, where Minikus obtained an early lead. “I was third in the jump-off out of ten and there were a few familiar names coming at the end, so it was questionable whether the lead would hold up. But it seems like a couple of those super fast riders had jumps down. It was a nice class for the first jump-off class, and it probably made for a good jump-off to watch,” He commented.
Minikus and Quality Girl, an eleven-year-old Oldenburg (Quidams Rubin x Dobrock), maintained their lead throughout the class. The pair’s double-clear round of 32.90 seconds earned them first place and the Ben O’Meara Memorial Challenge Trophy. A beaming Minikus praised his equine partner after the show. “She was pretty tidy everywhere,” he said. “She is really a good horse. She has an awesome record and she is now a true professional show horse, so she just takes everything in stride. She has a lot of class.”
Minikus credits part of his success in the saddle to using the innovative, ergonomically-designed bits manufactured by Neue Schule. “My overall impression of the Neue Schule bits is they are well-crafted with the construction of the horse’s mouth in mind, and made from high-quality lightweight material that is both durable and comfortable for the horse,” Minikus explained. “My favorite bit is the loose ring because it works well for daily schooling. The Neue Schule bits have helped improve communication between me and my horses.”
Neue Schule bits are a popular choice among top professionals like Minikus. The bits are well-known for their advanced design and materials, increased comfort for horses, and improved communication. To learn more about Neue Schule Bits and the company’s United States distributer Metlar Premium Performance Saddlery, visit http://www.metlar-us.com or call 631-252-5574.
Photo: Todd Minkus competing on the 2014 Equestrian Sport Productions Spring Circuit. (Photo courtesy of Mancini Photos)