FEI Interview: defending World Cup champion Beezie Madden

Beezie Madden and Breitling in Florida
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Wednesday 03 April - 12h53 | Ian Clayton

FEI Interview: defending World Cup champion Beezie Madden

“I hate to say it but that was kind of exciting for me – to have a rail in hand.” 

 - FEI Interview: defending World Cup champion Beezie Madden

Elizabeth 'Beezie' Madden laughs good-naturedly as she recalls Henrik von Eckermann’s fault in the final round of last year’s Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Final in Paris, a competition the veteran U.S. rider would go on to win with her mount Breitling LS. Madden made the comments in a new interview with the Fédération Équestre Internationale ahead of this week’s Final in Gothenburg, Sweden. 
 
The native of Milkwaukee, Wisconsin, currently ranked eighth in the world in her sport and a two-time winner of the World Cup Final, says this kind of big event poses a particular challenge for horses. “At a championship, it’s like you’re asking them to turn it on three, four, five days in a row,” she explains.” But Madden – who excelled in North American qualifying this season despite having an automatic place in this year’s Final as defending champion – says her 13-year-old stallion is well-suited to the format. “I know he’s the kind of horse that when he’s in a groove, he kind of stays there.” To watch the full interview, click here. 

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