Todd Minikus and Carlo. PC: ESP and PBIEC.
Todd Minikus is virtually always on a winning streak, and last weekend he kept the streak alive aboard a new mount. Todd and the stunning Carlo, owned by North Face Farm, grabbed hold of the lead and wouldn’t let it go to win the $25,000 ProElite Grand Prix in Wellington, besting 43 other combinations that day.
They were just .3 seconds speedier than their closest competitors, but it was enough to give the pair a satisfying win at the ESP II Holiday Series on Sunday. Alvaro Tejado of Guatemala and Agroposa’s Voltaral Palo Blanco came in second , and Liza Finsness rounded out third.
The nine-year-old Holsteiner stallion (Cassall x Gipsey, out of Landlord) is a new ride for Todd, who only started riding the bay in October. Carlo had previous been the ride of Aaron Vale through much of 2017 and spent most of his FEI career with Mac Cone on the Canadian circuits. Now the handsome devil looks well poised to make a splash on some bigger stages.
|Todd Minikus and Carlo in their presentation ceremony with ring master Steve Rector and Jeff Fosenburg, Feed Sales Consultant for ProElite.
While it’s the off-season for many, the winter season is barely underway, and Todd has a way of making his mark on the winter circuits. Before things really heat up in Wellington, Todd has also been busy filming a documentary with sponsor Purina entitled, “Purina: Stories of Greatness.” The brand has undertaken similar filming projects with eventer Boyd Martin, and now turns its lens on Todd, a self made champion and icon in the sport.
A final release date hasn’t been announced for the film, but they currently plan for that to happen sometime in 2018. You can be guaranteed we’ll keep you in the loop!
Todd Minikus relies heavily on good technology to keep his horses strong and sound, and believes in the necessity of assisting circulation in his horses. As such, he’s an advisory board member to Draper Therapies, which sells numerous products with the FDA determined Celliant material, shown to increase circulation in the contact zone. See their full product line by clicking below.