Beezie Madden had one major goal with Prima during the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival: win the $50,000 G&C Farm Jumping Derby. And today Madden and her top speed mare pulled off that feat, topping the class of 27 entries to pick up the top check for owner Jenny Sutton of Neapolitan Holding Co. LLC.
Plenty of applause accompanied Castle Rock and Louise Serio when they exited the ring after the second round of the $50,000 WCHR Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular. After all, they'd just jumped into the lead, looking poised to defend their title from last year. But Serio didn't feel terribly confident.
"I knew I wouldn't win," said Serio, Kennett Square, Pa. "Even though I was on top, I knew she was coming."
A fast-moving brush fire tore through hunter/jumper trainer Julie Winkel’s Maplewood Stables in the Pleasant Valley area of Reno, Nev., on Jan. 19. No horses or humans were injured, but there is significant damage to the property, and Winkel’s home was destroyed.
Around noon Winkel was at home and saw the fire in the distance.
Aaron Vale will get a different kind of warm-up competition before the start of the grand prix show jumping season. He’s entered Torino Q in the Ocala Horse Properties Horse Trials in Ocala, Fla., Jan. 7-8.
It’s been an ongoing struggle to find the best system to track and reward a horse’s performance over the show year. But at this year’s U.S. Hunter Jumper Association Annual Meeting, held Dec. 5-8, an updated points format earned a welcome reception.
Christine McCrea finished out the week the same way she started it: perfectly. She didn’t log a single fault over five rounds of show jumping at the Pan American Games to score the individual gold medal aboard Romantovich Take One.
McCrea edged out teammate Beezie Madden and Coral Reef Via Volo, with Brazil’s Bernardo Alves taking bronze on Bridgit.
The U.S. show jumping team came to the Pan American Games for one reason and one reason only—to earn an invitation to the London Olympic Games. But they managed that and more, without any U.S. riders putting a single fault on the scoreboard today en route to a team gold medal and a spot on the Olympic start list. Brazil picked up team silver, and Mexico delighted their hometown crowds by earning bronze.
For Beezie Madden, the first day of competition at the Pan American Games was a relatively easy one. She got to watch 50 riders before her tackling the course, which told her exactly where she had go to outrun them.