12 Aug 2014

Goodin named for equestrian games

12:14 pm on 12 August 2014

Bruce Goodin has been named as New Zealand's sole showjumper at the World Equestrian Games 2014 in France later this month.

New Zealand showjumper Bruce Goodin

New Zealand showjumper Bruce Goodin Photo: PHOTOSPORT

While the Denmark based jumper is a veteran of four Olympic Games, he's on début for a world champs.

The 44-year-old originally hails from Te Kauwhata.

Goodin says it means a lot to be selected for the World Games with more than 54 nations taking part.

Goodin and his 11-year-old grey mare Centina have been consistent in their efforts at the top of the showjumping world in grand prix classes, with a win in the CSI3* 1.5m class in Frankfurt in December.

Goodin rode for New Zealand at the Olympic Games in 1992, 2000, 2004 and 2008.

A year ago, Goodin moved to Næstved, in Denmark, with his family.

The combination are also seen as an exciting prospect for the Rio Olympics in 2016.

Goodin is the last to be named in the New Zealand team for the World Equestrian Games 2014.

New Zealand will also be represented by teams in eventing, endurance and vaulting, along with individuals in the para-dressage and showjumping.