Authentic (horse)

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2008 Olympic Games Equestrian Game Day Celemony 01.jpg
Authentic, ridden by Beezie Madden, at the 2008 Olympics
Breed Dutch Warmblood (KWPN)
Sire Guidam (Selle Français)
Dam Gerlinda (KWPN)
Maternal grandsire Katell (TB)
Sex Gelding
Foaled 1995
Country  United States
Colour Bay
Owner Abigail Wexner
Rider Beezie Madden
Medal record
Representing the  United States
Summer Olympics
Gold medal – first place 2004 Athens Team show jumping
Gold medal – first place 2008 Beijing Team show jumping
Bronze medal – third place 2008 Beijing Individual show jumping
FEI World Equestrian Games
Silver medal – second place 2006 Aachen Individual show jumping
Silver medal – second place 2006 Aachen Team show jumping

Authentic, nicknamed "Bud", foaled 1995, is a Dutch Warmblood gelding that competes in show jumping. He has won three Olympic medals and two World Equestrian Games medals. He is owned by Abigail Wexner, and is ridden by Olympic medalist Beezie Madden. Authentic is a bay with a star and snip and stands 16.1 hands (65 inches, 165 cm) high.


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Quidam de Revel
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Guillaume Tell
Gerlinda (KWPN)
Lucky Boy

Competitive career[edit]

In 2004, Authentic and Madden made double-clear rounds at the Athens Olympic Games which helped the U.S team win the gold medal.[1] The team also won the $25,000 PDP WEP Challenge Cup Series Round V that same year.[2]

In 2005 the pair were part of the American team that won its first ever Samsung Super League Nations' Cup. In 2006, at the FEI World Equestrian Games, Authentic and Madden won the Individual and Team Silver medal, in doing so, Authentic jumped nine rounds without dropping a rail.[3] Recognizing these accomplishments, Authentic was named USEF Show Jumping Horse of the Year in both 2005 and 2006,[4] and was named the 2006 Farnam/Platform United States Equestrian Federation Horse of the Year.[5] In both 2006 and 2007, Authentic and Madden won the Budweiser American Invitational.[1] In 2007, they won the Rolex Grand Prix of Aachen.[6]

In 2008, Authentic and Madden won the $30,000 WEF Challenge Cup Round VIII, and the $200,000 CN Worldwide Grand Prix.[4] The team next received the team show jumping gold medal and an individual bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.[1] Of particular note was the jump-off for the individual bronze, where Authentic jumped clean and with a fast time of 35.25 seconds on a shortened course where the time allowed was 40 seconds.[7]


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