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Beezie Madden

Medal record
Beezie Madden on the medals stand in 2008
Beezie Madden on the medals stand in 2008
Competitor for the 22x20px United States
Olympic Games
Gold 2004 Athens Team jumping
Gold 2008 Beijing Team jumping
Bronze 2008 Beijing Individual jumping

Elizabeth ("Beezie") Madden (born November 20, 1963 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is an American show jumping competitor and Olympic winner from Cazenovia, New York.

She is trained by her husband, John Madden, who also runs his business, John Madden Sales, from their farm in Cazenovia. Beezie frequently shows horses owned by John Madden Sales, but she also rides for other owners. Two of her most popular horses, Authentic and Judgement (who is now retired from the sport), are owned by Abigail Wexner and Iron Spring Farm[1], respectively.

At the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Madden won the gold medal as part of the United States team in Team jumping, together with Peter Wylde, McLain Ward and Chris Kappler.[2]

At the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, Madden earned gold in the Team Jumping competition along with Laura Kraut, Will Simpson and McLain Ward. She also earned a bronze in the Individual Show Jumping competition.

In 2008 Beezie also placed first in the Animal Planet Sport Horse cup aboard Judgement. During the 2008 Rolex Events in Las Vegas, Authentic threw Beezie into the jump, and later got disqualified from the entire event.

Beezie has been asked, if she could start her life over again what would she do, and she admitted she would do the same thing. She was already riding at the age of three. Her first horse was called Flicka. In 2004 Madden was still the first woman ever to pass the $1 million mark in showjumping earnings, a record she still holds.[3]


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