Annie Goodwin grew up horseback, roaming the Rafter Y, a working cattle ranch in Banner, Wyoming, pitching in with all the chores alongside her Mom and Dad. Caring for horses was in her blood from day one. Both parents were accomplished equestrians and from an early age Annie was exposed to the philosophy and horsemanship of equestrian legends such as Jack LeGoff, Robin Hahn, Andrew Popiel. This depth and diversity of experience has helped Annie in her commitment to see the potential and develop each horse as an individual. Following along with her mom on the eventing circuit from California to the Carolinas Annie first walked Rolex at age 5 and rode around her first event at age 6. During her high school years at Fountain Valley School, Annie focused more on team sports such as volleyball, soccer and basketball and this experience has been invaluable in helping her to plan training and conditioning programs that improve not only her horses strength, agility and endurance but also her own. After 2 years at Northern Arizona Univ, Annie made the decision to trade the classroom for the cross country course, to see just how far her passion for horses and the great sport of eventing could take her. She has never looked back.
Learning the sport from the bottom up as a working student for eventing greats such as Elizabeth Iorio, Kadi Eykamp and Will Coleman, Annie moved quickly in her own riding from beginner novice to prelim. She learned the management and care of top competition horses and had the opportunity to travel and groom at many of the most prestigious competitions in the country such as The Fork, Jersey Fresh, Red Hills & Rolex. Annie credits Will Coleman for instilling her with the fundamentals of athletic development for horse and rider but says her real teachers are always the horses.
When it was time to find a home base for herself Annie chose Aiken, SC and in the same year purchased Federman B a young 3 year old prospect from Holland. Seeing the horse would have potential as a show jumper as well as an eventer and wanting to improve her own show jump skills Annie took a job with well know hunter jumper rider Daniel Geitner. Daniel helped Annie build the confidence necessary to strike out on her own as a professional.
Annie’s horse Bruno has just moved up to the Preliminary level and is aiming for a CCI* in the Spring. Annie is also getting to know a newly imported 5 year old mare with hopes of campaigning her at training level this season. In addition to her riding goals, Annie recently purchased a state of the art equestrian facility, Rafter Y South. Looking towards the future, Annie is certainly one to watch, she shows great skill, determination, perseverance, and has already at a young age gained the respect and appreciation of Olympic and Upper Level Riders.