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Caz community to welcome back, honor Madden

Olympian to receive Equine Ambassador Award

Cazenovia resident and Olympic show jumper Beezie Madden, pictured here with Simon, will be welcomed back to the area and honored by the NY Farm Bureau during a free reception at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, at the Cazenovia College Equine Education Center.

Cazenovia resident and Olympic show jumper Beezie Madden, pictured here with Simon, will be welcomed back to the area and honored by the NY Farm Bureau during a free reception at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, at the Cazenovia College Equine Education Center. Michelle Bloch

— Cazenovia resident Beezie Madden will be welcomed back from her third-straight Olympic Games during a free, family-friendly community reception at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, at the Cazenovia College Equine Education Center.

Madden will be the recipient of an Equine Ambassador Award from the New York Farm Bureau. Visit nyfb.org to learn more.

The event will also include an autograph session with Madden and opportunities to view memorabilia from her show jumping successes.

The day after this celebration, she will be inducted into the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame (syracusehalloffame.com).

Madden has represented equine sports and the Central New York community at the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympics.

In 2008, she was a member of the Gold Medal Olympic team and in 2011 was a member of the United States Gold Medal team at the Pan American Games.

She is the first American rider to ever reach the top three in the Show Jumping World Rankings List, and she was the first woman to pass the million-dollar mark in show jumping earnings.

She and her husband, John Madden, own and operate John Madden Sales Inc. in Cazenovia, where they train, sell and compete with some of the world’s best equestrian athletes in the sport of show jumping.

The Cazenovia College Equine Education Center is located at 4460 Woodfield Road in Cazenovia, just off Route 92 about one mile west of the Route 20 intersection.

For more information contact Karin Bump at 655-7186 or kbump@cazenovia.edu.

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