Mad­den breezes to tri­umph

Beezie Mad­den scoops USA’s rich­est World Cup qual­i­fier in a de­ter­mined bid to de­fend her ti­tle

Horse & Hound - - Show Jumping - By NANCY JAFFER

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

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