Imogen Murray and Ivar Gooden head to the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials following a sensational 2017 season that saw the young combination produce two double clear rounds at CCI4* level. Following a year in which they represented their country for the first time, leading the Team GBR Nations Cup Team to a Silver medal at Le Pin Au Haras in July, they are riding high on some early season success. In a season besieged by abandonments and cancellations Ivar Gooden has produced a personal best CIC3* dressage at Burnham Market and rose more than 50 places in the Lycetts Grantham Cup at Belton CIC3* to finish 11th.
Despite only being 11-years-old the attractive bay by Young Convinced has already produced a 14th place finish at Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials and was last year’s Highest Placed Under 25 when the pair finished in 21st place in their first Badminton.
But what does Imogen have to say about the star of the yard?
“2017 was an incredible season for him and having a horse like him on the yard really lifts everyone. He is however quite naughty! He thinks the world should revolve around him and takes exception when it doesn’t!”
- Tell us a bit about his personality at home?
“He’s a definitely a big character on the yard. He knows how good he is and likes to make sure everyone appreciates it too! He likes to have all his minions running round after him and gets very jealous if he’s not the centre of attention.”
- What’s the 2018 plan for him?
“The plan seems to keep on changing! He should have done Great Witchingham then the CIC3* at Burnham Market and a final prep run for Badminton at Belton. But the CIC3* was abandoned after the dressage so it all came down to Belton. After his post-Badminton holiday we’ll look at taking him abroad to Haras Du Pin again and then Burghley at the end of the season.”
- Does he get any special treatment as the star of the yard?
“Not particularly, we treat all the horses as individuals and their care is tailored to their specific needs. However he probably does get more attention than any of the horses because he’s the one everyone most wants to meet and he’s very demanding!”
We wish Imogen and Ivan Gooden lots of luck and hope that Badminton is super successful for them both.