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A Real Superstar
Beezie Madden (Kit Houghton/FEI)
Beezie Madden named USEF Equestrian of the Year for Third Time at 2013 Pegasus Awards January 10. According to a news release cited on www.barnmice.com:
“To cap off a record-setting year, jumping superstar Beezie Madden added one more record to her résumé on Friday night at the United States Equestrian Federation’s Pegasus Awards dinner, becoming the second person to ever score the USEF’s Equestrian of the Year title three times.
Madden (Cazenovia, N.Y.), who won the top honor in 2005 and 2006 as well, earned the 2013 USEF Equestrian of the Year title after a campaign that saw her win at nearly every turn. The dual Olympic Team Gold medalist cemented her status as one of the sport’s elite producing top finishes stateside and abroad, in addition to capturing one of the few individual titles that had eluded her.”
An in-depth article on Madden on www.noellefloyd.com gives more insight into this multi-talented equestrian who they voted 2013 North American Rider of the Year a few days earlier. They conclude that, “Overall, Beezie and (horse) Simon are without a doubt one of the most formidable combinations for the United States coming into 2014.”
Simon himself took home the USEF 2013 Horse of the Year award.
Last December, the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Arts preformed at The Olympia Horse Show for the first time in 40 years as noted in Counter-Canter Culture’s The Horse Circus . An amusing article in the Financial Times described how even experienced (30 years) equestrian Ruth Bloomfield finds a first go at dressage on one of the school’s stallions a bit intimidating.