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Beezie Madden hopes to help the US at one more Olympics before shifting her focus

Saturday, 15 February 2020

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping. In 2016, Madden and Cortes C helped the US team to Olympic silver in Rio. Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping.

Beezie Madden has announced that she will do everything she can to “help the US Team in 2020”, before she will be changing her focus. Although Madden by no means is leaving the top sport, she will from 2021 be spending more time helping young riders develop their Grand Prix careers. Madden also aims to keep on developing horses for the highest level of the sport, although they at some point “will progress toward the Championship level with other riders”. 

Madden has had an incredible career. The 56-year-old American rider was a member of the two gold medal US teams at the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games – where she rode Authentic. Madden and Authentic also won the individual bronze in 2008 in Hong Kong. In 2016, Madden and Cortes C helped the US team to Olympic silver in Rio. In 2006, Madden won both individual and team silver at the World Equestrian Games with Authentic and in 2014 individual and team bronze with Cortes C. Madden also has two team gold medals from the Pan American Games, as well as individual silver and bronze. Madden won the 2013 FEI World Cup Final with Simon and the 2018 FEI World Cup Final with Breitling LS, and has multiple major Grand Prix victories and Nations Cup wins on her record. 

The full statement from Beezie Madden / John Madden Sales, Inc. reads as follows: 

“Beezie, John and all of Team JMS want to first take a moment to thank all our friends, fans, and supporters whom have reached out since last night's The Chronicle Of The Horse article. We have received an overwhelming amount of positive support and it is so appreciated. 

We also want to clarify from the article that this is NOT a retirement or a stepping away, just a change in focus. Moving forward beyond 2020, we will continue to do what we've always done with horses like Authentic over the years. We will focus on developing them to be their best. You will continue to see Beezie in the show ring at top competitions; the difference will be that at some point the horses, like Coach with Katherine Strauss, will progress toward the Championship level with other riders.

Some of our best moments and memories have been with our teammates representing the USA in big events over the years and we remain focused on doing all we can to help the US Team in 2020. If we can help the US by competing in one more Olympics, it will be our whole team's honor and main mission to prepare to do our best. 

We look forward to helping a few talented young riders grow in their horsemanship and Grand Prix careers. There are so many victories in this sport, not just the big moments with gold medals and top ribbons, but also the wins that occur when a young horse successfully takes the next step in their training or when a student accomplishes a long sought after goal. If we can serve the US Team by being a small part of preparing the next generation of horses and horsemen, we suspect those victories will feel just as sweet as the ones we stood in the ring for.

The future is exciting, and we are blessed to have our whole team, from Mrs. Wexner, to our staff, to our wonderful sponsors, to our vets, and farriers, behind us. Team JMS is filled with people whose love of this sport is really all about a love for the horse and that will always remain unchanged.”


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