Bruce Goodin came oh so close to a superb win in the 1.50m class at the CSIO3* Prague Cup in the Czech Republic this morning.
He and Backatorps Danny V were second by .04 of a second in the jump-off of the 71-strong class. Twelve came back for the jump-off where Michael Duffy (IRL) and Zilton SI Z stopped the clock at 37.94 seconds to take the win ahead of the Kiwi combo.
Bruce was ecstatic with the result. “I am very happy to get a good result today after yesterday’s disappointment,” he said. “We still have some homework to do but Danny tried really hard today and I can’t ask for more than that. It was very close between first and second, so to get this result is a good boost. Since shows started again our results have been patchy to say the least so today was a good step in the right direction.”
Lily Tootill aboard Ulysses NZPH and Daniel Meech on Faith 13 both started in the class but picked up four faults apiece.
Tom Tarver will be the first Kiwi out tomorrow aboard Popeye in the two-round Grand Prix to be designed by Uliano Vezzani (ITL) at number seven with Lily and Ulysses NZPH 13th to go and Daniel aboard Cinca at 40 in the 60-strong class. The class is set to go at 2pm (Prague time).
Richard Gardner aboard Cromwell 32, Bruce on Collin M and Daniel with Dominick will line up in the 1.45m faults and time class.
Earlier in the show, Tom picked up a fourth placing aboard fiancé Lucia Voss’ Ngahiwi Para in the 1.35m faults and time class, with Richard and Roulette 134 fifth. Tom was “thankful” to get the ride for the weekend. “Lucia has done a super job producing him and he is just getting better and better,” said Tom. “Very genuine horse.” He congratulated the breeder Bruce Holden from Ngahiwi Sporthorses. “He is a nice horse who is flying the New Zealand flag well.”
THE HORSE DETAILS:
Popeye – owned by Tom Tarver and Lucia Voss
Ulysses NZPH – owned by Theresa Gattung and Lily Tootill – Lily Tootill Equestrian
Cinca 3 – owned by Johnson Horses GmbH and Daniel Meech
Calisto 5 – owned by Gestut Jennissen, Gut Nechen Agrar GmbH and Richard Gardner
Backatorps Danny V – owned by Backatorp Ryder AB, and Bruce and Ulrika Goodin
Ngahiwi Para – owed by Lucia Voss
Collin M – owned by Olga Martinczak
Cromwell – owned by Gestut Jennissen, Gut Nechen Agrar GmbH and Richard Gardner
Roulette 134 – owned by Gestut Jennissen, Gut Nechen Agrar
Dominick – owned by Johnson Horses GmbH
By Diana Dobson – HP Media Liaison