Madden going for gold again

Cazenovia resident to represent USA at Olympic Games

— John Madden Sales recently announced Cazenovia resident Beezie Madden has officially been named by the United States Equestrian Team as a member of the 2012 Olympic Show Jumping Team, with her mount Coral Reef Via Volo, for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

“John and I are thrilled to represent our country and Central New York again. There is certainly no greater honor for us in our sport,” Madden said. “It is wonderful to be headed to London with such a talented team and a special horse.”

Joining Madden on the team will be fellow New Yorker McLain Ward, as well as Reed Kessler, of Kentucky, and Rich Fellers, of Oregon.

This year will be Madden’s third time contending in the Olympic games; however during the first two she competed aboard her long-time partner Authentic.

This year, Authentic will stay at home and Beezie will be competing with a newer mount Coral Reef Via Volo, owned by the California-based Coral Reef Ranch and Gwendolyn Meyer.

Coral Reef Via Volo is a 1998 Belgian Warmblood mare who joined the John Madden Sales Team in early 2010. Coral Reef Via Volo is known in the barn as “Shrimp” because of her small stature, but she doesn’t let that hold her back.

Since partnering with Beezie Madden, the pair has competed around the world with prestigious wins from Florida to Calgary and Aachen to Rotterdam.

In 2011, Coral Reef Via Volo was a part of the US Gold Medal winning Pan American Games team in Guadalajara, Mexico where they also won an individual silver medal.

The schedule for the show jumping competitions at the Olympic Games are as follows:

—5:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 4

—6 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 5

—9 a.m. Monday, Aug. 6 (Team final)

—7 a.m. Wednesday, Aug 8 (Individual final)

John and Beezie Madden own and operate John Madden Sales, Inc. in Cazenovia. The Maddens train, sell and compete with some of the world’s best equestrian athletes in the sport of show jumping.

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