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Beezie Madden
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Beezie Madden
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Hometown: Cazenovia, N.Y.

Birthday: 11/20/1963

Sport/Disciplines: Jumping

Originally from Milwaukee, Wis., Beezie Madden has been riding since the age of three and received her first pony as a Christmas gift at age four. Madden rode throughout her childhood and competitively for Southern Seminary Junior College, in addition to playing basketball and softball. However, riding was her true passion. She made her debut at Grand Prix at the age of 22. For nearly three decades, Madden has represented the United States in the world’s most prestigious competitions becoming the first American to break into the top-three in show jumping's world rankings. She was the first woman to pass the $1 million mark in earnings for show jumping. Madden has won the USEF Equestrian of the Year title five 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 2018, Madden was named as the traveling reserve for the FEI WEG Tryon 2018 NetJets U.S. Show Jumping Team with Darry Lou. As part of the observation events, she and the 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion placed sixth in the Rolex Grand Prix at the 2018 CHIO Aachen in July. In addition, they placed fourth in the $70,000 Idle Dice Open Stake and fifth in the $50,000 Jet Run Devon Welcome Stake at the 2018 Devon Horse Show. They began the year as part of the NetJets U.S. Show Jumping Team that tied for bronze in the FEI Jumping Nations Cup of the United States. She has added a gold medal to her 2019 repertoire with the U.S. team at FEI Jumping Nations Cup Wellington CSIO4*. In addition to competing, Madden runs a successful training and sales business with her husband John out of their Cazenovia, N.Y., and Wellington, Fla., bases.