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Discover the Amazing Career Life of Beezie Madden

Beezie Madden had riding in her blood; she learned how to ride shortly after learning how to walk.She spent years on the Florida show jumping circuit transitioning to the Grand Prix level in 1985. Four years later she was a female horseback player of the United States Olympic Committee and won Female Equestrian Athlete of the Year.

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Photo courtesy of NOELLE FLOYD.com

Madden is considered to be the cornerstone of the USET jumping group and was recognized as the 1st lady of American equestrian.  In 2004, she placed top 3 in the Show Jumping World Ranking List. She’s also the first woman to earn more than one million dollars as the cash prize in the show jumping contest.

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Photo courtesy of Equine Search

Her lifelong experience with horses, combined with both hard work and a kind and generous horse allowed to rise to the top of her sport.   Her impressive show records and titles also include winning team gold in the Pan American games and she is among the two Americans to earn the Pulsar Crown event.  She captured Olympic team gold in 2004 as well as the Whitney Stone Cup for sportsmanship and equestrianism.

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Photo courtesy of horseradionetwork.com

Her fame and rise was not meteoric.   She has been known as a cool headed and clear thinker.  As the most successful female show jumper and Olympic veteran, Authentic and Madden would be truly a nice tandem to watch.   She has described Authentic, a 14-year old Dutch warm- blooded Gelding, as the one having that busy mind and she takes advantage of that busyness by channeling it into high jumps as well as clear rounds.

Born Elizabeth Madden on November 20, 1963 near Mequon, WI., Beezie became a member of the 2004 Athens Olympic Show Jumping Silver medal group. In 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, she got gold in the Team Jumping contest together with Will Simpson, Laura Kraut and McLain Ward.  She also got a bronze medal in the Single Show Jumping race.  She was the top one in the Animal Sport Horse Cup aboard Judgement in 2008, but in the Rolex Events held the same year in the city of Las Vegas, the horse threw her into a jump and that caused her and her horse to be eliminated from the event.

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Photo courtsey of lolamagazin.com

In 2016, the US team won the FEI Nations Cup with her aboard Breitling. Cortes C and Madden were both named to the 2016 US Olympic show jumping group, making her fourth Olympics together with McLain Ward, Kent Farrington and Lucy Davis. Cortes C and Madden traveled together going to Europe with the US national team and tied with France, earning a silver medal in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup that was presented by Longines in Italy.

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