The Aiken Horse Park Foundation board of directors has announced the establishment of The Annie Goodwin Rising Star Fund in memory of the event rider.
“In the spirit of Goodwin’s vision and legacy, the Aiken Horse Park Foundation is establishing the Annie Goodwin Rising Star Fund, to foster, support and develop Aiken’s young equestrians who embody Goodwin’s character and dedication in their respective sports,” a press release announcing the fund stated.
Goodwin, who died after a cross-country schooling accident on July 14, was a rising star in the sport of eventing and a frequent competitor at Bruce’s Field in Aiken, South Carolina.
“Her huge smile, infectious laugh, enthusiasm for life, and dedication to her sport, made her an endearing member of our community. Goodwin was a fixture at our winter schooling days since their inception in 2016,” the statement said. “She was a member of the $50,000 LiftMaster Grand-Prix Eventing Festival at Bruce’s Field committee and made her rookie start in this past March’s showcase.”
Supported by her friends and family, The Annie Goodwin Rising Star Fund is intended to have a lasting impact on equestrian sport “and will allow us to hold her spirit to perpetuity.”