The Road to Beijing:
Beezey Madden was born into a 'horsey' family and started riding shortly after she learned to walk. She spent years on the Florida show jumping circuit and began on the Grand Prix level in 1985. Four years later she was the United States Olympic Committee’s Female Equestrian Athlete of the Year. Madden has been the cornerstone of the USET jumping team, the first woman and American equestrian to attain top three in the Show Jumping World Ranking List (2004) and the first woman to earn over $1 million in show jumping prize money.
Life long experience with horses combined with hard work and a generous horse have contributed to Madden's show jumping success. Madden's show records are impressive listing Pan American team gold, one of two Americans to win a Pulsar Crown event, 2004 Olympic team gold and the Whitney Stone Cup for equestrianism and sportsmanship. Her rise has not been meteoric, but methodical and steady. She is a cool head and clear thinker. As the most successful female show jumping competitor and veteran of the 2004 Olympics, Madden and Authentic will be a pair to watch.
What to Look For:
Madden has a very close connection with her horse Authentic, a 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding. Madden describes Authentic as a horse with a busy mind, and she channels that busy-ness into big jumps and clear rounds. .
Elizabeth “Beezie” Madden was Born on November 20, 1963 near Mequon, WI. Madden now calls Cazennovia, NY home, where she works and trains with her husband John. She was a member of the 2004 Athens Olympics Show Jumping Silver medal team. She will be riding Authentic, a 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding.