Mercedes-Benz Jumping Masterclass – Saturday November 23
Bruce Goodin – A Jumping Master
Four-time Olympian Bruce Goodin is coming to EQUITANA Auckland as the official Jumping Star Presenter. The Sweden based jumper comes from blue blood of jumping – his father David, who competed well into his 70s, is a celebrated breeder, eventer, showjumper and trainer of many New Zealand riders.
Bruce is hugely excited to be coming home for the prestigious event. “This is going to be a lot of fun,” he says. “I am so looking forward to being a part of a big event like this.”
He cut his teeth riding in clinics with George Morris when he first started coming to New Zealand. By his own admission, Bruce is a sponge for knowledge and during those formative years of his riding he would watch, watch and watch some more to see how the top pros and trainers were achieving their results.
“I really enjoy working with horses and learning from them every day,” he says. “I enjoy my riding now more than ever and have learnt in the last 10 years so much more than any time before. That makes my riding so much more enjoyable.”
As competitive as he is, Bruce feels the competition is more a test of whether he is learning “good stuff” or not. It is an ethos he carries through to his everyday life away from horses too . . . not that there is much time in a day that doesn’t involve horses.
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The Making of a Champion
Bruce first left New Zealand at just 17 for short stints before making the big move to the UK at 21, basing first with Sir Mark Todd – who had worked at his family’s dairy farm – before heading off on his own. Over the ensuing years he based in Belgium, Spain and Denmark before making Sweden his home. He met his wife Ulrika in 2005 and the couple, with their seven-year-old daughter Elisabeth, are based at her family property.
Bruce rates his current top horse Backatorps Danny as possibly his best ever. “He really is shaping up to be the one,” he says. “He also has a great personality – a little bit like a loveable grumpy old man . . . not that he is that old.”
The two have not been together that long and on debut were part of the history-making New Zealand team to win the Nations’ Cup in Abu Dhabi last year. “What he did there and where he came from was quite incredible. He had no experience to do that and yet he just walked into the arenas (at Abu Dhabi and Rome) and jumped so well. It shows what a great brain he has.”
As well as four Olympic Games (Barcelona 1992, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008) as an athlete, he was chef d’equipe for Atlanta in 1996 and has competed at two World Equestrian Games (Normandie 2014 and Tryon 2018) for New Zealand.
EQUITANA Auckland event manager Kevin Hansen said he was thrilled to have Bruce coming home for the event. “His family is one of the icons of New Zealand equestrian – the sport has lived with David Goodin’s successes and Bruce has carried that on. There is no-one better to have at EQUITANA Auckland.”
WHEN: Mercedes-Benz Jumping Masterclass – Saturday November 23
The wealth of training and riding knowledge that Bruce Goodin brings to the table is phenomenal, so don’t miss the opportunity to learn from a true master horseman at EQUITANA Auckland, November 21-24. The Jumping Masterclass with Bruce will be held as part of Saturday’s Jumping Day, along with other education sessions across the event.
$ 80 .00
+ Expo Ticket
$ 115 .00
+ Full Flight Jumping (Evening Show)
+ Expo Ticket
All 4 Days
$ 285 .00
All 4 Masterclass
+ All 3 Evening Shows +TWOTH Finale
+ Expo Ticket