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Beezie Madden saves best for last in Salamander Hotels and Resorts Accumulator class

Saturday, 04 November 2017
CSI4*-W Lexington 2017

Photo (c) Taylor Renner/Phelps Media Group. Beezie Madden and HHS Hercules. Photo (c) Taylor Renner/Phelps Media Group.

The CP National Horse Show featured a different style of show jumping competition on Friday evening with the $35,000 Salamander Hotels and Resorts Accumulator Class CSI4* for the Whitney Stone Memorial Trophy. Local groups were invited out for "Barn Night" to watch as Beezie Madden (USA) and Abigail Wexner's HHS Hercules (unkown) took the top prize of the evening.

"He came from Marion Hughes, in Ireland, and we got him in May, right before Old Salem. I think he is quite scopey, and I think he is going to develop into a horse to jump big courses with. He is only 8 years old and has already done well in some 1.50m classes. He jumps with ease. I am hopeful that we will be doing bigger things next year. I think it's a neat class! There is no combination so it's a nice class for the horses — not easy because you have to go fast — but a good opportunity to help them build some confidence. I watched the first 10 or 12 go, and I didn't think that I would beat Laura [Kraut]. I was going to go in and try, but I didn't buy him as a speed horse, I bought him to jump bigger fences. He was quite good on the turns today and I think I caught her on the back half of the course," Madden says after her win. 

The class featured 10 obstacles of increasing difficulty, where points were awarded for each fence cleared. Obstacle one jumped without fault was worth one point, obstacle two jumped without fault was worth two points and so on.
A final fence option called 'The Joker' was worth double points. However, if a rider opted for 'The Joker' and knocked it down, those points were deducted from the total score. Twenty-three international horses and athletes strived to clear the Michel Vaillancourt-designed course for a perfect score of 65 points. Eleven athletes were able to do just that, finishing with no faults and jumping the high point 'Joker' fence without error. Between those 11, it all came down to time.

Wednesday's big winners, Laura Kraut (USA) and St. Bride's Farm's Whitney (Indoctro x Concorde) were the first to achieve a perfect score of 65 points in a blazing 47.81 seconds to take the early lead for the majority of the class.

None were able to catch Kraut's time until Madden and the 8-year-old Irish Sport Horse entered the Alltech Arena as the very last to go. The pair finished clear for 65 points in 47.62 seconds to outpace Kraut's time by 2/10ths of a second to move into the top spot on the leaderboard. Devin Ryan (USA) and his own Cooper (Unaniem x Baloubet du Rouet) finished in third place with 65 points in 48.03 seconds.

Source: Press release from CP National Horse Show // Photo (c) Taylor Renner/Phelps Media Group. 

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