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Darry Lou to Jennifer Gates

Thursday, 02 April 2020

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping Darry Lou, here with Beezie Madden in the saddle. Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping.

Jennifer Gates has acquired Beezie Madden’s 12-year-old stallion Darry Lou (Tangelo vd Zuuthoeve x Nabab de Reve). With Madden in the saddle, the chestnut won last year’s CN International presented by Rolex at Spruce Meadows. The pair also helped Team USA to the win in the CSIO5* Nations Cup at Deeridge Farms earlier this year, and at Spruce Meadows back in 2017. Before he came to Madden, Darry Lou was partnered with Mexico’s Alberto Aldana.

John Madden Sales has released the following statement on the sale:

"It is with mixed emotions that John Madden Sales, Inc and Mrs. Abigail Wexner announce the sale of Darry Lou to Evergate Stables, LLC. While we will be sad to see him go, we are excited to see him join the team at Evergate Stables, LLC. Darry Lou had previously been tried and was under contract for after the 2020 Olympic Games, but the postponement of the Games changed the timeline of the sale.⁠"

Beezie Madden has made the following comment:

“I have been very lucky to have had Darry Lou in my life and I will always cherish the incredible moments we had together. I can’t thank Abigail Wexner enough for making it all possible. I think Jennifer and Darry Lou will be a great partnership and I look forward to seeing what they can do together. I have no doubt Darry is going to an exceptional home and I wish Jennifer and Harrie the best of luck with him."

On the Evergate Stables Instagram account, Gates writes: 

"I am so grateful and excited to have Darry Lou join the Evergate Stables team. I have admired this wonderful horse and his partnership with Beezie, one of my biggest idols in equestrian sport, for a long time. While we are saddened not to see Darry and Beezie at the Olympics this year, we are looking forward to getting know him at home while the competition restrictions remain in place, and continuing to give him the love and care he deserves. I want to extend a huge thank you to John and Beezie, the John Madden Sales team, as well as my coach, Harrie Smolders, and Darry Lou's former owner, Mrs. Abigail Wexner, for making this partnership possible." 

Back in February this year, Beezie Madden announced that she from 2021 will be changing her focus. Although Madden made it clear that she will not be leaving the top sport, she will as of next year be spending more time helping young riders develop their Grand Prix careers alongside producing horses. 

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