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Priscilla Godsoe pilots Judge Beautiful over a five-foot wall, bareback

Gutsy OTTB rider jumps 5-ft wall, bareback

Author’s note: This story was first published on Oct. 6, 2010. Gripping her mare’s warm sides without saddle and stirrups, Priscilla Godsoe sent her Thoroughbred galloping toward the five-foot jump. As the horse’s pace quickened in the moments before takeoff, Godsoe knew this: her ex-racer was the best horse to take her safely, bareback, over a high jump. “I don’t think I trusted any other horse to go down and jump that wall,” she says. Surrounded by elite equestrian competitors last month, Godsoe and her 13-year-old mare Judge Beautiful bounded over the bright red jump in the center of Plantation Field grand prix […]