Tokyo Olympics: NZ showjumper Bruce Goodin named for fifth Games

  • 22/06/2021

Four-time Olympian Bruce Goodin heads an experienced NZ showjumping team named for the Tokyo Games. 

Sweden-based Goodin, 51, has previously competed at Barcelona 1992, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008, and has been named aboard Backatorps Danny V.

Germany-based Daniel Meech wore the silver fern at Athens 2004 and Atlanta 1996, and will compete aboard grey mare Cinca 3, while US-based Sharn Wordley, who has been named on Verdini d'Houtveld Z, competed at Beijing 2008. 

Meech placed 12th in the individual showjumping in Athens - New Zealand's best-ever result in the discipline.

California-based Uma O’Neill is travelling reserve aboard grey stallion Clockwise of Greenhill Z. 

The non-travelling reserve is Tom Tarver and grey gelding Popeye.

Goodin is honoured to be named for another Olympic Games.

"It's always a thrill to be selected for the Olympic Games and represent New Zealand again," he says. "It feels good to have Danny coming into good form at the right time. 

"It is a very exciting time. It will be a different Olympic Games, I am sure, but it is always very exciting to be there."

Equestrian Sports New Zealand high performance general manager Jock Paget - an eventing team bronze medallist at London 2012 - says the preparation for riders, horses, owners and support crew has been very long and challenging

"The riders have had to take every opportunity to show form and deal with the endless disruption to their campaigns," he says.

"They all showed an impressive amount of resilience and adaptability. Our hat goes off to not just our selected riders, but to everyone who lined up throughout this campaign and made the selectors' jobs difficult."

New Zealand has been represented by showjumping teams at five Olympic Games, although Adrian White competed as an individual at Rome 1960. Last time New Zealand had Olympic showjumpers was Beijing 2008.

Tokyo holds a special place in the hearts of Kiwi equestrians, as the 1964 Olympics in the same city were the first that New Zealand fielded a showjumping team.