Defending Champion Beezie Madden in fast lane to 2019 World Cup Final

Elizabeth Madden and Chic Hin D Hyrencourt in Lexington
Credit : FEI/Shawn McMillen

Monday 05 November - 15h36 | Ian Clayton

Defending Champion Beezie Madden in fast lane to 2019 World Cup Final

After winning the 2018 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping title in Paris with Breitling LS, Elizabeth 'Beezie' Madden was automatically qualified for the following Final, which will take place in Gothenburg, Sweden from April 3–7. 2019. But the American show jumping star has definitely not been coasting since this year's qualifying season began in North America in September. On the contrary, she has been on a hot streak of late: finishing first in Washington and then again in Lexington this past weekend, and setting herself up strongly to shoot for back-to-back titles. 

 - Defending Champion Beezie Madden in fast lane to 2019 World Cup Final

Madden and Breitling in Washington, DC

Four out of the seven qualifiers in the East Coast sub-league, traditionally the most powerful on the continent, have now been completed: North Salem, New York, Columbus-Johnstown, Ohio, Washington, DC and the most recent in Kentucky, where Madden triumphed on Chic Hin D Hyrencourt. The three remaining competitions in the East are in Toronto, (November 5–10), Wellington, Florida (February 1–3, 2019), and Ocala, Florida (March 6–10). 
Having ridden in all four legs so far, the Olympic multi-medalist has in fact racked up 46 points (6–0–20–20 at the different events) and is tied for the lead with fellow American rider Molly Ashe Cawley (20–9–0–17, pictured below), followed closely by their compatriot Lucy Davis with 40 (13–0–15–12).  

As quoted in a Fédération Équestre Internationale (FEI) report, Madden is aiming to have the different lead horses in her string get as much action as possible in upcoming months in order to have a choice come springtime.

“I have already Darry Lou, Breitling, and Chic eligible,” she said this weekend. “I plan on using Coach early in the [winter] season, because he’s had a nice break. We’ll see who’s the hot horse going into the World Cup Finals, which is kind of what my strategy was last year.”

At the same time, the World Cup rule suggests that Madden is exempt from having to compete horses in at least one World Cup qualifier, as is the case for other competitors: “Athletes starting in the FEI World Cup Final must participate with Horses on which they, during the season, have completed at least one FEI World Cup Competition in which they are eligible to gain points, as a nominated FEI World Cup Horse. This does not apply to the defending Champion (refer to Art. 657.1.9).” 

In any case, the top horses of the 55-year-old, currently ranked 9th in the world, have definitely been going strong, allowing her in Lexington to get the best of long-time teammates and rivals like Laura Kraut and Kent Farrington, in third and fourth respectively with Confu and Creedance. 

“I felt comfortable with him straight from the start,” she said about her 10-year-old grey gelding.“We stepped him up to the FEI division, and he did really well. He’s just continually gotten better and better. It was just a process of figuring out which bit I liked best on him and which spurs I wear on him. Really, he’s been quite simple. Hopefully he stays that way!” Photo below of the co-leader in the East Coast sub league, Molly Ashe Cawley, on the occasion of her victory in the opening leg of the series with D'Arnita, in North Salem, New York. (FEI/Ashley Neuhof)

 - Defending Champion Beezie Madden in fast lane to 2019 World Cup Final

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