Born: November 20, 1963
Hometown: Cazenovia, New York
Beezie Madden and Authentic at the 2008 Olympic Games. (Photo by Ken Braddick)
Originally from Milwaukee, Wis., Beezie Madden has been riding since the age of three and made her Grand Prix debut in 1985. Four years of continued success followed, including participation on winning U.S. Nations Cup teams, leading to being named the 1989 United States Olympic Committee’s Female Equestrian of the Year.
Madden was the first woman—and the first U.S. rider—to ever reach the top three in the Gandini Show Jumping World Ranking List (achieved in 2004), and she was the first woman to pass the $1 million mark in earnings for jumping. Additionally, she has won back-to-back honors as USEF Equestrian of the Year— the first rider ever to do so.
In 2004, she breezed through the Olympic Selection Trials, finishing in first place on Authentic. With her contribution of double-clear rounds in the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, she helped the U.S. team win the Gold medal. Her success on U.S. soil earned her the American Grand Prix Association (AGA) Rider of the Year title that year.
Madden added Team and Individual Silver medals to her resume at the 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany, riding Authentic.
Her greatest accomplishment in 2007 involved her win at the Rolex Grand Prix of Aachen in July. Madden again rode Authentic for this prestigious win over 40 of the world’s best riders. To add to this honor she was named leading rider in Aachen.
Madden enjoyed another incredible year in 2008 with Authentic. She won her second consecutive Team Gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, where they won an unbelievable jump-off to also pick up Individual Bronze.
In 2010, Madden teamed up with Coral Reef Via Volo to win the $75,000 Equine Couture/Tuff Rider Grand Prix. In the summer they traveled to Europe, where they won the Grand Prix of Aachen and placed third in the Grand Prix of Dublin. At the Spruce Meadows CSIO5* ‘Masters’ Tournament, the pair won the $50,000 Cana Cup and was part of the winning U.S. Team in the Nations Cup in September. That same month they picked up wins at the American Gold Cup.
2011 saw Madden win at home and on foreign soil. In March, she and Coral Reef Via Volo were part of the winning U.S. team in the $75,000 FEI Nations Cup presented by G&C Farm at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF). In April, Madden traveled to Leipzig, Germany to compete in the 2011 Rolex/FEI World Cup Finals, where she tied for fourth-place honors overall.
Madden kept up her strong form throughout the summer of 2011. With Cortes ‘C’, Madden claimed her first victory on the Global Champions Tour (GCT) winning the VDL Groep sponsored GCT Grand Prix of Valkenswaard. Later that month, Madden and Coral Reef Via Volo won the Longines International Grand Prix of Rotterdam.
Beezie Madden and Coral Reef Via Volo (Photo by Sportfot)
The year ended on a high note for Madden. After collecting third place in the $75,000 Grand Prix de Penn National with Cortes ‘C’, she traveled to Guadalajara, Mexico, to represent the U.S. at the 2011 Pan American Games. Riding Coral Reef Via Volo, she won Team Gold and Individual Silver medals.
Madden started 2012 on a tear competing at the FTI WEF. During the first week, she and new partner Simon won the $30,000 Adequan Grand Prix. During week four, she collected a second-place finish with Cortes ‘C’ in the WEF Challenge Cup series. For a second straight year, Madden and Prima won the $50,000 G&C Farm Jumper Derby during week six.
In the 2012 USEF Selection Trials Madden finished eighth with Cortes 'C', with a clear round in Trial Four. At the Observation Events for the U.S. Show Jumping Team held at the Kentucky Spring Horse Show, Madden took home top honors in the $50,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic and finished third and fourth in the $75,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix with Simon and Cortes 'C', respectively.
Madden then competed Coral Reef Via Volo in the U.S. Show Jumping Team Observation Events at Spruce Meadows. The pair had a clear first round in the Husky Energy Classic, sending them to a jump-off where the team would ultimately end the night finishing second.
In August of 2012, Madden represented the United States at the 2012 London Olympic Games with Coral Reef Via Volo.
In 2013, Madden cemented her status among the sport's elite as she won at nearly every turn. She began her record-setting campaign at the FTI WEF winning the $125,000 FEI W-Cup Grand Prix CSI3* presented by Spy Coast Farm before aiding in the winning U.S. effort in the $75,000 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup presented by G&C Farm. Also during CSIO Wellington, she produced a second-place effort in the feature Grand Prix, the $150,000 CSIO4* Grand Prix presented by Wellington Equestrian Realty.
In April, Madden traveled to Gothenburg, Sweden, to claim the one title that had eluded her in her illustrious career, the Rolex/FEI World Cup Final crown. She kicked off the week with a win in the Speed Leg before jumping three more consistent rounds with Simon to force a jump-off with the reigning Olympic champion, where a clear effort saw her claim victory.
She continued to dominate in Europe, producing an impressive two double-clears in Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup competitions and a Longines GCT Grand Prix of Chantilly victory over the summer with Cortes 'C'. Madden then helped the U.S. to a win in the Consolation Round of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Final in Barcelona. As a testament to her 2013 success, Madden spent three months as the second-ranked rider in the world on the Longines/FEI Rankings. For her banner year, Madden was named the USEF Equestrian of the Year for the third time.
Madden kicked off 2014 by scoring second- and third-place honors in the $125,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Round V with Cortes 'C' and the $34,000 CSI5*-W G&C 1.45M class with Vanilla, respectively, during week five of the FTI WEF. Three weeks later she helped the U.S. team to a third-place finish in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup presented by G&C Farm, as well as winning the $34,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Round VIII, during the CSIO4* Wellington. On the West Coast she and Coral Reef Via Volo placed fourth in the AIG $1 Million Grand Prix during Desert Circuit VII.
Back on the East Coast, Madden came in second with Amadora in the $34,000 G&C 1.45M class and third with Simon in the $50,000 Ruby et Violette Round XI during week 11 of WEF. The following week, she guided Cortes 'C' to the win in the $50,000 Ruby et Violette Round XII. Madden then scored a big win in the $200,000 American Invitational, presented by G&C Farm with Coral Reef Via Volo. She then traveled to Lyon, France and represented the U.S. at the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Final aboard Simon, where the pair finished in seventh place.
Married since 1998, Madden and her husband, horseman John Madden, reside in Cazenovia, N.Y.