Much of high performance show jumping is in taking each microscopic step of a complicated dance to the perfect rhythm, and leading your partner through the steps with complete trust. It’s years of choreography: from learning to finesse a stride to applying the right proprietary poultice at a certain time of day with a flawless bandaging job. It’s every little step, every proper intuition, every magic formula, and even then a whole lot of luck.
But even a legend like Todd Minikus will tell you that to create a true winner, there’s a next, final, important step that can’t be underestimated: Trusting the horse to follow their own intuition, and encouraging a desire to win. Such was the case at Tryon yesterday, when Todd and his star mare Quality Girl won the $6,000 Nutrena 1.40m Power & Speed CSI 3* at Tryon.
Todd admits it’s not as if the class was on his list of “must wins” with a little less than a $2,000 payout for the winner, but as part of a training process, letting a horse find its pace and desire to win can be the final ingredient to a winning weekend when the big class comes around.
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