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Todd Minikus and Quality girl return in winning form at Kentucky Spring Horse Show in CSI3* $35,000 Welcome Speed 1.45m

Thursday, 10 May 2018
CSI3* Kentucky Spring Horse Show 2018

Photo (c) Phelps Sports. Todd Minikus and Quality Girl. Photo (c) Phelps Sports.

The first day of competition at the Kentucky Spring Horse Show kicked off in exciting fashion at the Kentucky Horse Park where the Rolex Stadium highlighted the $35,000 Welcome Speed 1.45m CSI3* with 27 entries contesting Alan Wade's (IRL) 15-effort track resulting in 11 clear rounds. Racing to an impressive and unbeatable clear round, Todd Minikus (USA) and the Quality Group's Quality Girl claimed the lead by over three seconds with a time of 65.24 seconds to earn the victory.

With an extensive list of accolades to her name including the Zoetis $1 Million Grand Prix in Saugerties in 2014, the Elm Rock Farm Trophy at the inaugural Global Champions Tour of Miami Beach in 2015 and a clean sweep with three FEI victories at the Kentucky Spring Classic in 2016, Quality Girl is a proven winner. After nearly a year off, Minikus took his time bringing the 15-year-old Oldenburg mare back to the show ring and it paid off.

"Quality Girl has been off for quite a while and she's just come back and since she's come back off close to a year layoff she's been just awesome. Today was the kind of course where I could just let her gallop and if she's on her game there's probably not too many horses that are going to catch her. She's won so much in her career, she's just a good horse," Minikus said.

Second place was awarded to Samuel Parot (CHI) and his own 15-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding, Couscous Van Orti, with a clear round and a time of 68.85 seconds. Hot on Parot's heels in 69.22 seconds was Kevin Babington (IRL) and his own Mark Q, a 16-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding.


Source: Press release from Kentucky Horse Shows LLC // Picture © Phelps Sports

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