David Goodwin hits heights in first international
DAVID Goodwin was second-best of the Australians in his debut for his country in open level showjumping.
The 2013 Daily News/Warwick Credit Union Senior Sports Star of the Year winner was originally selected in a squad of six for the FEI Nations Cup in Odense, Denmark, and then made the team of four.
He was selected on his Junabee-bred horse, Warrego Jericho, and was in a team with Scott Keach (Fedor), Jamie Winning (Wirragulla
Thursday, May 22, 2014 Nicklaus) and Jamie Kermond (Killeter Park Caracas).
The team finished sixth overall with 24 penalties in an event won by England with 12.
The event was held over two rounds with the lowest three scores counting in an event where points are given for faults.
The scores in each round by Kermond and Goodwin were counted in the 24 penalties along with the best rounds for Keach and Winning.
Kermond had one clear round which was worth zero on the points tally.
Before the Nations Cup, Keach and reserve Thaisa Erwin flew from America for the event.
He also competed in a Grand Prix in Denmark in conjunction with the Nations Cup, where the height of the jumps was up to 1.6m.
Goodwin was 27th in a field of 50 in the Grand Prix.
He said his current plan was to compete in a small training show in Germany as a run-up toa four-star showjumping event in France.
The four-star at Fontainbleau, France, in early June is a chance to prepare his horse for competitions in July which include the final selection trials for the Australian team for the World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Normanby, France, in August.
Eight Australians will be chosen for the selection trials and then three from the trials for the World Equestrian Games and will join No.1 ranked Australian Edwina Tops-Alexander in the team for Normanby.