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Mad­den Wins World Cup

In breath­tak­ing fash­ion, Beezie Mad­den and Bre­itling LS swept the com­pe­ti­tion to win the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jump­ing Fi­nal, April 16, in Paris. The duo had no penalty points af­ter the first two days of com­pe­ti­tion. In the fi­nal Grand Prix they went clear in the first round, but then knocked the mid­dle el­e­ment of the triple com­bi­na­tion at Fence 6. “When I had that rail down, I was a lit­tle ner­vous,” Mad­den said. “But I still felt my horse was jump­ing well and I knew I had to pull it to­gether to fin­ish on four [faults] and try to get it done.” Mad­den’s World Cup vic­tory on the 12-year-old stal­lion was her sec­ond. She earned her first in 2013 aboard Si­mon.

Fel­low U.S. rider Devin Ryan took the sil­ver medal aboard the youngest horse in the com­pe­ti­tion, 9-yearold Ed­die Blue. “His brain is un­be­liev­able,” said Ryan. “He never knocked a pole as a 5- or 6-year-old, he won the Amer­i­can Gold Cup as an 8-year-old and was sec­ond at Devon—one of our big­gest shows in the U.S. He’s just a fan­tas­tic horse!”

Mad­den and Ryan were two of three Amer­i­can rid­ers to place in the top four spots at the World Cup. De­fend­ing cham­pion McLain Ward fin­ished fourth with HH Azur.

Nas­sar, Mad­den Win $1 Mil­lion Grands Prix

From a field of 51, Nayel Nas­sar and his long­time equine part­ner Lor­dan se­cured vic­tory at the sixth an­nual AIG $1 Mil­lion Grand Prix in Ther­mal, Cal­i­for­nia, March 20. Last to go in the six-horse jump-off, Nas­sar and the 14-year-old Hanove­rian geld­ing clocked 44.418 to win their sec­ond HITS Mil­lion. Their first was the 2013 Sauger­ties $1 Mil­lion Grand Prix in Sauger­ties, New York.

Lor­dan “is just such a trier and he is small, but the jumps never feel small on him,” said Nas­sar. “We just want to take care of him as best we can. We have an in­cred­i­ble part­ner­ship and at this point we go in the ring and it’s al­most like we don’t have to think any­more.”

Five days later, on the other side of the coun­try, Beezie Mad­den and Coach won the Great Amer­i­can $1 Mil­lion Grand Prix in Ocala, Florida. From 43 en­trants, five horses and rid­ers came back for the jump-off. But Mad­den and the 10-year-old geld­ing owned by Abi­gail Wexner couldn’t be caught, fin­ish­ing clear on 44.479 sec­onds. The vic­tory was Mad­den’s sec­ond HITS $1 Mil­lion. She also won the 2015 Sauger­ties Grand Prix with Si­mon.

“I was very happy with the day, how my horse went and that the course suited him,” Mad­den said. “It was a good test that con­sisted of dou­ble ver­ti­cals, flat tops and a tricky triple com­bi­na­tion. Luck­ily that’s ac­tu­ally one of my strengths with that horse.”

U.S. Dres­sage Team Earns Na­tions Cup Gold

For the sixth time in seven years, The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dres­sage Team won the gold medal at the late-March FEI Dres­sage Na­tions Cup™ in Welling­ton, Florida. The team of Ash­ley Holzer, Olivia LaGoy-Weltz, Adrienne Lyle and Sabine Schut-Kery fin­ished with a score of 452.327. Canada earned the sil­ver medal (424.855) and Aus­tralia took the bronze (396.743).

“I’m so proud of these amaz­ing women, who are not only ris­ing to the oc­ca­sion but are chang­ing the game with each ride for Amer­i­can dres­sage as we go to­ward the [FEI World Eques­trian] Games,” said U.S. Chef d’Equipe Robert Dover.

Lyle, rid­ing Betsy Ju­liano’s 11-year-old stal­lion Salvino, put in solid per­for­mances in the Grand Prix CDIO*** and the Grand Prix Spe­cial CDIO***, en­sur­ing vic­tory for the U.S. team.

“I’m so proud of my boy and the way he han­dled it,” said Lyle. “He put two re­ally solid, clean, pow­er­ful tests in for our team, and that’s ex­actly what you want.”

From left: Adrienne Lyle, Sabine Schut-Kery, Olivia LaGoy-Weltz and Ash­ley Holzer

Nayel Nas­sar and Lor­dan

Beezie Mad­den and Coach

Beezie Mad­den and Bre­itling LS

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