St Albans showjumper qualifies for Horse of the Year Show
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St Albans’ Kerrie Goodwin has secured her place at the Horse of the Year Show after a semi-final victory in the Horseware Bronze League.
The Hertfordshire rider picked up the win at the College Equestrian Centre in Keysoe.
Goodwin knocked the competition out of the water as she jumped to victory on Sunday.
Sixty-one eager combinations began the day with their eyes on one of the seven qualification spots up for grabs and it proved to be a fierce competition as after the first two rounds, 19 combinations were still in contention heading into the final jump-off.
She made the journey from St Albans with her own 20-year-old chestnut gelding, Roscoes Golani.
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This pair provided two consistent clear rounds before heading into the jump off, where they really let rip.
Crossing the finish line with a third clear round, in an amazingly fast time of 31.58 seconds, their time proved truly unbeatable.
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Laura Upton from Ashford, Kent scooped up second place riding her own eight-year-old bay mare, Rockabye Baby.
This pair were unable to match Goodwin’s speed but they did leave all the fences standing to post a treble clear in 33.16 seconds.
Easing into third place was Luke Humphrey from Wisbech, Cambridgeshire on board his own 17 year-old dark bay mare, Soraja.
From a second place draw, Luke kept the pressure on from the beginning after posting a treble clear in 33.58 seconds.
The Horse of the Year Show 2016 will take place from October 5 to October 9 at Birmingham’s NEC.