Born: November 20, 1963
Hometown: Cazenovia, New York
Most Recent Highlights
Beezie Madden and Cortes 'C' (SusanJStickle.com)
Winner of CP World Cup Qualifier at the 2014 National Horse Show
Team and Individual Bronze Medalist at Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games
Winner of Longines King George V Gold Cup at 2014 CSIO5* Hickstead
Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Beezie Madden has been riding since the age of three and made her debut at Grand Prix, jumping’s highest level, in 1985 at age 22. For nearly three decades, Madden has represented the United States in the world’s most prestigious competitions and was the first woman to pass the $1 million mark in earnings for showjumping. Additionally, Madden has won the USEF Equestrian of the Year title four times, including back-to-back honors in 2006 and 2007, the first rider ever to do so, and then again earning back-to-back honors in 2013 and 2014.
In 2004, Madden and Authentic won their first of two Olympic Team Gold medals with their contributions of clear rounds. Two years later, the pair added Team and Individual Silver medals to their resume with outstanding performances at 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany.
The following year, the duo again found success in Aachen, beating out 40 of the world’s best in the Rolex Grand Prix. Madden enjoyed another incredible year in 2008 with Authentic. She garnered 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.
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 FEI Nations Cup presented by G&C Farm at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival. In April, Madden traveled to Leipzig, Germany, to com¬pete in the 2011 Rolex/FEI World Cup Finals, where she tied for fourth-place honors. Then with Cortes ‘C’, Madden claimed her first victory on the Global Champions Tour winning the Grand Prix of Valkenswaard. Later that month, Madden and Coral Reef Via Volo won the Longines International Grand Prix of Rotterdam.
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.
In 2012, Madden made her third Olympic appearance for the U.S. in London 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 Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival, winning the 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.
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 Global Champions Tour 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.
2014 was another tremendous year for Madden, as she scored a big win in the $200,000 American Invitational presented by G&C Farm with Coral Reef Via Volo. In May of 2014, Madden was forced to sit on the sidelines for six weeks due to a broken collarbone. Returning to competition in July, she quickly returned to her winning ways, helping the U.S. to victory in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup of Great Britain presented by Longines at CSIO5* Hickstead with a double-clear effort on Cortes ‘C’. She then became the first woman to ever win the Longines King George V Gold Cup at CSIO5* Hickstead with Cortes ‘C’. The following week she was a member of the winning U.S. Nations Cup effort at CSIO5* Dublin with Simon.
Madden closed out the summer by anchoring the Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team to Team Bronze at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, where she also added Individual Bronze to her medal haul. Her season came to a conclusion with strong performances jumping at indoors, including scoring a remarkable win in the CP World Cup Qualifier at the National Horse Show.
In addition to competing, Madden also runs a successful training and sales business with her husband, John, out of their Cazenovia, New York, and Wellington, Florida, bases.