In the Magazine: Todd Minikus’ 5 Commandments for Show Jumping

Excerpt from the December 2017 issue of Heels Down Magazine.

By Justine Griffin

Veteran show jumper Todd Minikus has ridden too many horses to count. When asked to ballpark it, the sharply-dressed, cowboy-hat-wearing athlete simply says, “thousands.”

“I’ve been fortunate to ride thousands of horses. There aren’t too many others out there who’ve done as much catch riding as I have at the higher levels,” said Todd about his career in the jumper ring. “You’re not going to come up with something new that I haven’t seen or ridden before.”

Heels Down Magazine caught up with Todd during his recent stint showing at Tryon International Equestrian Center in North Carolina to learn more about the secrets to his successful career. We cobbled together Todd’s tips to create his five commandments for show jumping.

1. Ride For Feel, Not a Number

When asked how he walks a course or which types of fences he tends to ride more aggressively, Todd doesn’t have a straight answer.

“It always comes down to the horse,” he says. Each horse is different and requires a different tactic. Some he’d ride more forward to an oxer and others he’d ride more forward to a vertical. “Everything I do, I’m adjusting for the horse I’m riding.”

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