HALL WORTHY: Cazenovia resident Beezie Madden, seen here with her horse Simon, has been chosen as the first equestrian athlete in the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame. The induction dinner is Oct. 15 at Drumlins Country Club.
Beezie is trained by her husband, John, who also runs his business, John Madden Sales, from their farm in Cazenovia. The Maddens have lived at 2 Richards Road in Cazenovia for more than two decades. Beezie frequently shows horses owned by John Madden Sales, but she also rides for other owners.
She is the first two-time winner of the U.S. Equestrian Team Foundation Whitney Stone Cup, awarded to an individual who has a distinguished record in international competition while also serving as an ambassador for equestrian sports.
The Greater Syracuse Sports HOF Class of 2012 also includes golfer Sally Dee, basketball coach Pat Donnelly, multi-sport star Dick Easterly, Major League Baseball pitcher John Johnstone, scholastic basketball player Bob Kallfelz, lacrosse star Brad Kotz and the late lacrosse coach Royce Newell.
The 26th Annual Greater Syracuse Sports HOF Dinner and Induction Ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. on Oct. 15, at Drumlins Country Club inSyracuse.
With the eight new inductees, a total of 198 men and women will have been inducted into the HOF since the first induction ceremony in 1987.
For more information, visit syracusehalloffame.com.
Russ Tarby is a contributing writer at Eagle Newspapers. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.