It’s been a busy week of competition for New Zealand’s top offshore based jumpers with good wins for Bruce Goodin in Spain and Sharn Wordley in the United States.
Bruce and his Tokyo Olympic horse Backatorps Danny V won the CSI4* medium tour 1.50m class at the Andalucia Sunshine Tour Week 6 in Verjer de la Frontera, Spain. Seventy-eight started the class with the top 11 all double clear. Bruce and Danny stopped the clock at 39.28 seconds to take the win over the Uliano Vezzani-designed course.
Bruce also picked up some minor placings with Diarthago SN, with a 10th in the CSI4* big tour 1.45m speed class, and 13th in the CSI4* big tour 1.35m two phase.
Sharn and his team were bouncing between the CSI2* Ocala Winter Celebration IX and the WEC Ocala Winter Spectacular. He took the quinella in the 30-strong $50,000 FEI Grand Prix, winning aboard Mick Jagger and placing second on Valentine Car at the Winter Celebration show.
He also placed second on Quincy Too and fourth on Casper in the 41-strong WEC Grand Prix which was won by Santiago Lambre aboard Chacco Blue II. Shard was seventh in the welcome prix with Gatsby.
Daniel Meech found form at the Mediterranean Equestrian Tour in Olivia in Spain with a ninth place finish aboard Hi-5 in the 1.45m Grand Prix which was won by Victor Bettendorf aboard Simolo de la Roque Z.
Richard and Callisto were in action in Italy at Gorla Minore CSI4*, picking up 7th place in the 1.50m Longines Ranking Class on Friday jumping double clear. They backed that up with a single rail and one time fault in the 1.55m Grand Prix on Sunday having just one rail down and one time fault.
By Diana Dobson – HP Media Liaison