Cazenovia equestrienne Beezie Madden has been named a member of the United States Equestrian Team that will compete under the stars and stripes for the United States at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France. Madden will join her teammates with her choice of horses, Simon or Cortes ‘C’, both owned by Abigail Wexner.
This will be Madden’s third appearance at the World Equestrian Games. She earned an individual and team silver in Aachen, Germany, aboard Authentic in 2006 and rode on the team in Jerez, Spain in 2002.
Madden, who fractured her collarbone earlier this year, did not compete for much of the summer; then had to compete last month at the Longines Royal International Horse Show (England) and the Dublin Horse Show (Ireland), the last two team observation events utilized by the USET to select the U.S. Team. In true Madden form, she was able to return to competition in an historic fashion to earn her slot.
Madden became the first woman ever to win the Grand Prix at Hickstead, The Longines King George V Gold Cup. In addition to her individual win, she and Cortes ‘C’ were the anchor riders for Team USA in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup competition at Hickstead that brought home the gold medal.
“It is always an honor and exciting to compete representing my country,” said Madden. “This time it was a little different though, and not exactly how we planned to prepare for the games, but I had an incredible team of doctors and my John Madden Sales Team that helped keep us in good shape. I can’t thank everyone enough especially Abigail Wexner for continued friendship and support — this was truly a team effort.”
The complete list of Team USA riders is as follows:
Lucy Davis (Los Angeles, Calif.) will ride Old Oak Farm’s Barron. Barron is a 2004 Belgian Warmblood gelding.