David Goodwin Interview...

David Goodwin is one of Queenslands Show jumping Champions, he was recently shortlisted for the World Equestrian Games held in Normandy this year on a horse his family bred and trained! Read the interview below as David shares some his trade secrets.

What is some of your background history with horses?

I've been riding horses for as long as I can remember. When I was younger I began my showjumping around southeast Queenslands agricultural shows. My father Lindsay bred warmbloods before I was born and was interested in showjumping. This naturally led to me becoming involved in the sport.

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I'm currently based in Germany near Aachen. I'm working for and training with top Irish rider Denis Lynch. I have my horse Warrego Jericho (Jerry) with me here and it's the perfect environment for us. We have world class facilities and a wealth of experience to draw on.

Warrego Jericho and both of his parents we're bred by my father at the Warrego Warmblood Stud in Warwick. We we're very excited about him from a very young age and even as a two year old he got preferential treatment on the farm. He had great results all through his career in Australia. In January I brought him to Europe. We've had mixed results throughout 2014 but I am very happy with our time here so far and I am very excited for the future.

Birthday: 9/10/86

Favourite Music:

All kinds of music but I miss triple J

Favourite breed of horse:

For showjumping definitely the lighter types of warmbloods.

Most embarrassing thing you have done:

Well.. Thats a tough one. One instance was in July this year. I went to my first international 4* show at Fontainebleau in France and I was quietly confident. There we're two qualifying classes for the grand prix and in the first one I had two rails in the treble so I was forced to jump the following day in the second qualifier. I decided on a stirrup change and borrowed some stirrups from Jamie Kermond. Now I'm still not sure exactly what happened, but after jumping the first 7 fences clear I felt I had lost my stirrup between a related five stride line of two oxers. Little did I know the stirrup leather had come completely off the saddle. I was thrown off balance jumping the second oxer which scared my horse and he sped up until I eventually bailed onto the grass and slid a fair distance. I had to drive home the next day and obviously everybody wanted to see the video.

What have been your biggest successes in Australia and overseas?

I think I'm most proud of making the short list for the World Equestrian Games this year. Also getting selected to represent Australia at a nations cup in Denmark and placing in the Grand Prix at Sibculo 2*.At home I think it was probably winning the NSW state championship last year and Warrego Jericho and winning the Australian speed championship the year before on his brother Jetsen..

When did you move overseas and do you know when you will be returning?

I moved to Germany in January of 2014 and I don't know when I'll be back in Aus yet. I still have a lot I'd like to do over here but I'd also like to get back to Australia.

What are your goals while you are overseas?

I really want to experience as much top international competition as I can. There is always more to learn with horses and I want to make the most out of this trip. I'm hoping to represent Australia again in some more nations cups and maybe even try for the Rio Olympic team if we send one. Before I come home I will also be aiming to sell my horse in order to fundraise for some young horses to take forward.

What is your advice on creating horse businesses?

The horse industry can be very difficult as it's very popular. People love working with horses and horse sports which can sometimes lead to a crowded market. However, if someone is passionate about it and willing to work hard and make sacrifices it can be very rewarding also.

What would you consider your dream horse?

One that never stops or has rails of course!

What are your tips for keeping your horses healthy and fit during competition season?

I think it's important to remember the basics: get the feed right (lots of hay and roughage, feed little and often), stick to the shoeing schedule, warm the horse up and down and try to train and compete on good footing. Know your horse, if something comes up have an experienced vet investigate it straight away!

What was your school life with managing horses?

When I was at school I spent most afternoons and unfortunately some mornings before school riding. My brother and I also had to occasionally miss some Fridays for competitions. Apart from that school always came first. After a gap year I then went to university for three years. I didn't compete much in this time but I would arrange my subjects so that I had 4 day weekends and would travel home to do some breaking in for money and work on my own young horses. One of these young horses was then the two year old Jerry.

Do you have any sponsors?

I'm sponsored by Innovare Group and OnTyte magnetic stirrups.

What is the greatest advice you've ever been given and by who?

There are a lot of things instructors and role models have said to me over the years that have really stuck in my head. I think the best advice though would have to be from my Mum and Dad. My Mum told me I should try to have moderation in all things and my Dad always encouraged me to follow my dreams.

What is your advice you would give other aspiring young riders?

Things won't always go to plan with horses! There can be long periods when it seems like everything is going wrong and it's hard to see a way out. But this is the case for all great riders and trainers. To succeed with horses you need to be able to keep your head up at these times and work through until things are going well again.

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