David follows his dream
DESPITE having a Bachelor of Business degree, Warwick showjumper David Goodwin is training horses, coaching riders and following an Olympic dream.
"Hopefully I can make a successful career of showjumping," he said.
He doesn't regret his time at the Queensland University of Technology.
"It gave me a perspective of the bigger picture," Goodwin said.
"I have something to fall back on and could decide to become an accountant and do showjumping part-time."
One rider reportedly sold four top horses in the past two years, each priced at more than $1 million so there is money in horses.
Late last year, Goodwin was one of 34 riders, including seven from Queensland, selected in the National Jumping Futures Squad.
The squad of horse-and-rider combinations was named by national selectors who believed they had the ability to succeed in elite level national competition, including the 2014 World Equestrian Games and the 2016 Olympics.
Goodwin is in the futures squad with seven-year-old gelding Warrego Jericho.
He said horses peaked somewhere between eight and 17 years.
"Jericho is a really difficult horse, nervous and strong willed," Goodwin said.
"He has problems in every area, except take off and landing.
"Jumping is the one thing he is good at; he doesn't stop and doesn't hit rails."
Competing in six classes at the Sydney Jumping Club Championships last month, Jericho did not hit a rail at a height of 1.25m.
While the horse could jump 1.6m, Goodwin said it would be irresponsible to try the horse at that height at present.
This year, Jericho is up to 1.3m class and next year to 1.4m and 1.5m. Jericho was unplaced in Sydney as his speed is not suited to the lower height. Goodwin enjoyed success with Warrego Jetsen 4th and Dumbledore 6th in Sydney.
As for the Olympics, he is quietly confident Jericho has the potential to give him a shot at stardom in 2016. Olympic selection will put the value of his horse in the millions.