Madden breezes to triumph
Beezie Madden scoops USA’s richest World Cup qualifier in a determined bid to defend her title
CSI4*-W National Horse Show, Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington
BEEZIE MADDEN, winner of the 2018 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Final, is already planning a campaign to defend her title at the 2019 edition of the competition. Her newest mount, Chic Hin D Hyrencourt, proved himself by winning
North America’s richest qualifier, the $250,000 (£192,150)
Longines FEI World Cup.
The son of Taran De La Pomme was spotted by Beezie and her husband, John, when Italy’s Antonio Alfonso won the grand prix of Twente with him at the four-star Geesteren show in the Netherlands.
“I loved him right from the beginning,” said Beezie, who received the National’s leading rider award. “For a big horse, he was light to ride and I have been pleasantly surprised by him. He really wants to do the right thing and work with you. He’s been nothing but fun so far.”
The Belgian-bred grey was purchased in July by Beezie’s sponsor, Abigail Wexner, and he quickly gelled with Beezie, but the National was his first victory with his new rider.
She is trying to qualify every mount in her powerhouse string, so when the time comes to travel to Gothenburg, Sweden, for the finals in April, she can pick the “hot horse”. And that project has kept her busy, for on the weekend before the National, she won the qualifier at the Washington International with Breitling LS, her 2018 finals ride.
The field of 35 that started in the National’s qualifier included the entire US gold-medal squad from the World Equestrian Games (WEG), although only McLain Ward was aboard his WEG horse. Course-designer Ken Krome went with a tight time allowed. While six qualified for the jump-off, four more were clear but with a single time-penalty.
Kent Farrington, the winner of the $135,000 grand prix two days earlier, dislodged a pole at the first fence in the jumpoff. The approach to that jump was difficult; Kent’s 2014 WEG team-mate, Lucy Davis, wound up circling on her attempt with Caracho 14. Beezie, however, found a clever way to reach the 1.50m oxer and handled the course in good time, finishing in 36.57sec while showing off “Chic’s” agility and focus. Molly Ashe Cawley made a big effort to catch her with Cat Ballou, but wound up 0.20sec short.
Amanda Derbyshire, the highest-placed British rider at WEG, had the distinction of qualifying for the jump-off, but wound up sixth after Luibanta BH dropped two rails.
“She tried her best; she’s the best girl,” said Amanda, who thought the mare was “a little tired in the second round.” In the $135,000 class, Amanda made the jump-off, finishing ninth of 39 starters with one down.
‘For a big horse, he is light to ride’:Beezie Madden and new ride Chic Hin D Hyrencourt