Goodwood and the 2000 Olympics

Thursday, May 7, 2009

In 1998 Jules and Libby decided to purchase a first level horse that they felt had international potential - his name was Goodwood. He and Jules went on to earn a place on the Australian Dressage Talent Squad for the  2000 Sydney, Olympics .  Jules and Goodwood in 1999 and 2000 Jules and Goodwood were ranked an impressive 4th and 3rd respectively, in the USDF Grand Prix Freestyle awards.

Jules and Goodwood relocated from Virginia to Georgia in 1999 in order to train with US Olympian Michelle Gibson.  Jules was Michelle's working student while working torwards her 2000 Olympic dream and she continued to take regular lesson for the next two years, until Michelle moved to Florida.

"Goodwood exceeded the dreams that my mother and I had for him.  It was unfortunate to have qualified for the 2000 Olympics and then not be able to contend because of an untimely ligament injury. Goodwood did completely heal and returned to the competition arena better than ever.  However, in December 2002 he had a horrific reaction to anesthetic and had to be euthanized.  Throughout my life the most difficult part of loving an animal is when you have to say “goodbye”, and I’m sure I am not alone in this."

For the next ten years Jules chose to remained in Georgia where she established her US equestrian business - teamworkdressage.

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