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