The World of Living with Horses

Background on Todd Minikus



Todd started riding ponies at the age of six and progressed to hunters and junior jumpers with tremendous success, and it only got better from there. Turning professional in 1980, Minikus competed in his first grand prix in 1985. Across the last two-plus decades, he has forged an impressive career highlighted by more than 75 grand prix wins, five FEI World Cup Show Jumping Finals and six Nations Cup teams. In 2001, he was selected by the American Horse Show Association (now USEF) as the recipient of the Horseman of the Year Award.

In 1997, Todd and ‘Ravel’ won this country’s most prestigious event – the $100,000 Budweiser American Invitational held in Raymond James Stadium. He went on to become the five-time winner of the American Grand Prix Association (AGA) Budweiser Grand Prix of Indianapolis, and won the 2001 $100,000 Rolex/USET Show Jumping Championship. In addition, his fifth place finish at the U.S. Olympic Selection Trials earned him the spot as the Alternate for the USET 2000 Olympic Show Jumping squad in Sydney, Australia.
In 2010, Todd was again at the top of his game with “Pavarotti,” winning the $75,000 Nespresso Grand Prix.

At the 2010 USEF Selection Trials for the US Show Jumping Team, Todd and Pavarotti won trials 1 and 4 after turning in the fastest no-fault rounds. Their performance in the trials earned them a place on Show Jumping Long List for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

Minikus rides bulls in his spare time.