SHOW RIDER OF THE MONTH GRACIE GOODYER
If you’ve got it work it, especially in the ring! That’s exactly what young and talented NSW rider Gracie Goodyer does, leaving nothing to the judge’s imagination. Off the back of her recent show ring success at the 2019 Pacific Coast Hack Championships and Show Horse Council Battle of the Boarders, claiming consecutive rider champion titles, ESH Magazine shares in her success.
Developing a love for horses after her Grandfather purchased her a Shetland pony named Wendal when she was just 6 weeks old, Gracie won her first broad ribbon at age 4.
Gracie had just turned 7 when she had her first lesson with prominent showing instructor Les Friend (her bright future in the show ring, very evident).
“I can clearly remember him saying this kid will go places, I was never quite sure what Les meant by this, but now that I am older I realise, and I am forever grateful for the lessons I have had with Les and the guidance he has given me”. Says Gracie.
In 2013 Gracie won the rider class for Girl Riders 6 years and under 9 years at The Sydney Royal Easter Show and went on to be declared Reserve Champion Junior Girl Rider for 2013.
“I have always loved showing, it's fair to say it's in my breeding. Showing horses is a sport that pushes you to strive to reach that next level if you wish to be successful, as Mum says” You need to up your game, as there is always someone nipping at your heels”.
Gracie has been lucky enough to ride a lot of quality horses and ponies and, for the most part, she has always enjoyed her time in the saddle.
“Denhue Royal Design” is very special to me as she took me to my first wins at Sydney and Canberra Royals”.
Large Hunter Pony “Beckworth Commanding Flame”, owned and shown by Gracie, had an extremely commemorative first season.
The pair completed their Newcomer debut in 2018. Educated by herself, and younger sister Lucy, along with the guidance of some special people Gracie has qualified him in his Open Hunter Pony class for the 2019 Grand Nationals in March.
We don’t often to pick favorites in the show ring, as most of us love all our horses equally, but Gracie did give a favorable mention to “Mirinda Monet”, owned by Liz Gregory.
“He is the best rider class horse by far, he has bought me so much success and is amazing to ride (when he has his manners in place)”.
With a list a mile long, some of Gracie’s accolades received by both horses and rider during her career, so far, include:
● Reserve Champion Rider 6 and under 9 years Sydney Royal Easter Show 2013
● Reserve Champion Hunter Pony Canberra Royal 2013
● Champion Small Show Hunter Pony EA HOTY 2014
● Champion Rider 9 and under 12 Sydney Royal Easter Show 2015
● Champion Rider 9 and under 12 years SHC HOTY 2015
● Champion Rider 9 and under 12 years Macquarie Bank Hack Championships 2015
● Champion rider 9 and under 12 years Pacific Coast 2016
● Champion Rider 9 and under 12 Grand Nationals 2016
● Reserve Champion Rider 9 and under 12/Sydney Royal Easter Show 2016
● Champion rider 12 and under 15 years/Macquarie Bank Hack Championships 2016
● Champion Rider 12 and under 15 years SHC HOTY 2016
● Champion Rider 12 and under 15 years/SHC VIC All states 2016
● Champion Rider 12 and under 15 years Macquarie Bank Hack Championships 2017
● Champion Rider 12 and under 15 SHC VIC All states 2017
● Champion Rider 12 and under 15 SHC VIC Classic 2017
● Champion Rider 12 and under 15 years SHC VIC Classic
● Runner Up Junior Rider under 12 years Equestrian Australia Nationals 2016
● Champion Rider under 13 years Canberra Royal Show 2017
● Grand Champion Junior Rider under 18 Canberra Royal Show 2017
● Champion Rider 12 and under 15 years Battle of the Borders 2018
● Reserve Champion Large Hunter Pony Battle of the borders 2018
● Champion Large Hunter Pony NSW Country Hack Championships Dubbo 2018
● Champion Rider 12 and under 15 years NSW Country Hack Championships 2018.
And that’s just to name a few. Most recently Gracie was declared Champion Rider 12 years and under 15 years at the 2019 Battle of the Boarders Show securing her spot for the 2020 Grand Nationals.
Winning the Rider Class for 9 years and under 12 years at the 2016 Show Horse Council Grand Nationals Show Horse and Rider Championships remains Gracie’s favorite win.
“This was a major win to me because it is a once in a lifetime opportunity, but also something I could have only ever dreamed of winning. It felt like I had just won the lottery and I couldn't have been any happier than I was that day, that had to be the most memorable win of my career so far.” Says Gracie
For Gracie, riding has also brought some setbacks, in 2016 Gracie struggled with even mounting a horse due to a huge growth spurt. Her muscles and tendons couldn’t keep up with the rapid bone growth causing severe pain. Gracie underwent dry needling and physio to help loosen the muscles. Her second lot of dry needling was just prior to Macquarie Bank Hack Championships. This was her first time competing in the rider 12 – 15 years, legs strapped from toe to thigh.
“My legs began to seize up, with it being so cold, sleeting rain and a freezing wind, I was lucky enough to win the rider, mum had to drag me off the side of the horse as I couldn’t get off. I hobbled back to the float looking like an old cowboy”.
Gracie would like to thank Les Friend for being instrumental in her riding career and for all the lessons, he has helped her become the rider that she is today.
“He has always believed in my ability as a rider and just knows how to push to right buttons to get all of his pupils firing”.
Gracie is lucky enough to have some very valued sponsors;
Horseland Wagga Wagga.
Koolabah Equine and Human Massage.
There is also a special shout out to her Mum and her Grandmother for all their support with the horses and for getting Gracie to where she is today with her riding.
“Also, a big thank you to my Dad for signing the cheques for horses and show entries and making sure we get to and from shows safely. I should also thank my twin brother and my younger sister for their support, it always helps to have them around”. Says Gracie.Photos supplied by the Goodyer Family - Photo Credit Little More Grace Photography, Lorelle Mercer Photography.
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Article produced and written by Becc Harnas