Beezie Madden’s top horse Simon was named International Horse of the Year at the USEF Year End Awards Gala on Saturday night. Simon (Mr. Blue x Polydox) – owned by Abigail Wexner – was rewarded for his tremendous results throughout 2013 with support from voters.
With rider Beezie Madden, who was named 2013 USEF Equestrian of the Year on Friday, Simon jumped fault free as a member of the victorious U.S. team at the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup presented by G&C Farm at the beginning of 2013. Simon's biggest win of the year, and of his career so far, came in April at the Rolex FEI World Cup Final in Gothenburg, Sweden. At the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Final in Barcelona, Simon and Madden anchored the team and helped it earn the Consolation Round win.
"This is my favorite awards night of the year because it honors the horse," said Madden while accepting the award for Simon,. "I think what makes Simon so special is his athletic ability and his desire. I have to thank his owner Abigail Wexner for all of her support."
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