Two-time Olympic gold medalist Beezie Madden scored her second win this week at the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival in the $50,000 G&C Farm Palm Beach Jumping Derby. Madden and Prima were the fastest over a challenging derby course on the grass field at The Stadium.
There were 22 entries in the weekend’s derby, and the course was designed by Richard Jeffery. It featured a step bank, open water, liverpools, Devil's Dyke, and a triple option jump through a "maze" of hedges. The format was Table C, where rails down were converted into added seconds for a final time.
Madden and Prima, a 12-year-old KWPN mare by Kigali x Nimmerdor – owned by Neapolitan Holding Co., LLC, went ninth in the order and were lightning fast through most of the course. With a huge, open stride, Madden barely pulled on the reins and made the trip look smooth and easy. They had no faults for a final time of 122.81 seconds for the win.
They were chasing an early leading time of 128.49 seconds set by Great Britain's Ben Maher on Oscar, owned by Lindsay Cook. They would eventually finish in second place. Pablo Barrios (VEN) and G&C Sinatra, owned by Barrios and Gustavo Mirabal, were third in 129.64 seconds.
Madden and Prima have plenty of experience together in speed and derby classes; Prima placed fifth in last year's derby at the FTI WEF. "She's been a really good speed horse for me all over the world, at Spruce Meadows and at Dublin she was the champion of the speed division," Madden described. "She was kind of an obvious pick for me for this class. She's fast, she's careful, she does all of the natural jumps that she knows really well now. It's a lot of fun to do these classes when it goes well like that!" Madden won her first big class two days ago in the $31,000 WEF Challenge Cup Round 6. She said of her win, "I hadn't won one all circuit, and now I've won two! It's great."
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Source: Press release from equestriansport.com by Jennifer Wood for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.
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