German win puts Kiwi rider into WEG contention

New Zealand showjumper Bruce Goodin has staked his claim for the upcoming Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games with a win in Munich aboard Centina 10 last weekend.

Forty-nine qualified for the 1.6m CSI3* grand prix, with 15 coming back for the jump-off. Goodin was one of seven to go through on zero faults. In the jump-off, two had gone clear ahead of him, so he knew he had to leave everything up, with enough speed to put the pressure on those combinations following.

“I had a really good feeling on her going into the jump-off,” said the 44-year-old who is based in Denmark. “She jumped unbelievably in both rounds, but especially the jump-off. If felt like she couldn’t touch anything.”

Goodin’s time of 59.86 seconds on Centina 10 (Cento / Argentinus) was more than three seconds faster than the second placed Tomaz Laufer (Slovakia) and Heart Stealer (Heartbreaker / Burggraaf). While the field contained mostly German riders, there were also some from the United States, Italy, Japan, Belgium, Switzerland and Slovakia.

Goodin teamed up with the 11-year-old grey Oldenburg mare after moving to Denmark in August.

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