Beezie Madden

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Beezie Madden
Beezie Madden - 2008 Olympic Games.jpg
Madden on the medals stand in 2008.
Personal information
Birth nameElizabeth Patton
Full nameElizabeth Madden
BornNovember 20, 1963 (1963-11-20) (age 56)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
ResidenceCazenovia, New York
Spouse(s)John Madden

Elizabeth "Beezie" Madden (born Elizabeth Patton; 20 November 1963) is an American show jumping competitor and Olympic champion. She has collected four Olympic medals - two gold, one silver and one bronze - and won the FEI Show Jumping World Cup twice.[1][2]

Life and career[edit]

Madden was born Elizabeth Patton in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the daughter of Kathleen "Kathy" McGregor/Schlesinger and Joseph "Joe" Patton.[3] She began riding at the age of three and her first horse was called Flicka. Madden has been asked what she would do if she could start her life over again and she has said she would do the same thing.[4] She is coached by her husband, John Madden, who also runs his own business, John Madden Sales, from their farm in Cazenovia, New York.

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.[5] That year, Madden also became the first woman ever to pass the $1 million mark in show jumping earnings.[4]

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. She placed first in the Animal Planet Sport Horse cup aboard Judgement that year. During the 2008 Rolex Events in Las Vegas, Authentic threw Madden into a jump, and later was disqualified from the entire event.[citation needed]

Madden riding Authentic (left) at the 2008 Olympic Games ceremony

In 2012, Madden competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics for the United States on Coral Reef Via Volo.[2]

In 2013, she was the 4th ranked rider in the world in the FEI Longines Rider Rankings and the number one woman rider.[6] To accomplish this goal she won the Show Jumping World Cup in Gothenburg, Sweden on Simon, the $125,000 FEI World Cup Grand Prix at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida on Cortes 'C',[7] was a member of Team USA winning the $75,000 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup CSIO4* at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida, again on Simon,[8] the $35,000 RBC Capital Markets Cup 1.50 m at Spruce Meadows in Calgary, Alberta on Amadora,[9] the $60,000 Great West-Life Cup at Spruce Meadows in Calgary, Alberta on Coral Reef Via Volo.[10] the Global Champions Tour CSI5* Grand Prix of Chantilly in France on Cortes 'C' [11] and the $100,000 American Gold Cup Qualifier in North Salem, New York on Coral Reef Via Volo.[12]

In 2014, riding Cortes 'C', Madden was the first woman to win the King George Gold Cup at Hickstead, and the first woman to win the same competition back to back in the King George V Cup when she won again on the same mount in 2015.[13] Also in 2014, Madden and Cortes 'C' won a team and individual bronze at the 2014 World Equestrian Games.[13] The horse was voted the Best Horse of the Games. She also won the $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational in Tampa with Coral Reef Via Volo in 2014.[13] As of 2014 Madden was 2nd in all-time prize money winnings at Spruce Meadows.[13] Madden also won the USEF Equestrian of the Year award again in 2014, making her the first rider to win this award four times.[14] In 2015, Madden competed in her tenth FEI Jumping World Cup Final with Simon in Las Vegas where she finished as the top US rider and 4th overall.[15] Later that year, Madden and Breitling LS were 10th in the $50,000 Douglas Elliman Grand Prix Qualifier and 11th in the $250,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix CSI****.[15]

In 2016 the U.S. Team won the FEI Nations Cup with Madden aboard Breitling LS.[15] Madden and Cortes 'C' were named to the 2016 U.S. Olympic show jumping team, making this her fourth Olympics, along with McLain Ward, Lucy Davis, and Kent Farrington.[16] Madden and Cortes 'C' traveled to Europe to show with the U.S. Team, as they tied with France for the Silver medal in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup presented by Longines in Italy.[15]

Some of Madden's best-known horses have been Authentic, Cortes C, and Judgement (now retired). As of 2016, Madden currently has seven horses that she competes on regularly; most are owned by her longtime sponsor, Abigail Wexner, of New Albany, Ohio.[17]

In April 2018 she again became the Longines FEI World Cup champion riding Breitling LS.[18] With this victory, Beezie Madden became the oldest athlete to win the World Cup, at age 54.[19]

International Championship Results[edit]

Year Event Horse Placing Notes
1987 World Cup Final Medrano 18th
2002 World Equestrian Games Judgement 6th Team
29th Individual
2003 World Cup Final Judgement 30th
2003 Pan American Games Conquest II 1st, gold medalist(s) Team
33rd Individual
2004 Olympic Games Authentic 1st, gold medalist(s) Team
28th Individual
2006 World Cup Final Judgement 13th
2006 World Equestrian Games Authentic 2nd, silver medalist(s) Team
2nd, silver medalist(s) Individual
2007 World Cup Final Authentic 39th
2008 Olympic Games Authentic 1st, gold medalist(s) Team
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Individual
2009 World Cup Final Danny Boy 12th
2011 World Cup Final Coral Reef Via Volo / Danny Boy 4th
2011 Pan American Games Coral Reef Via Volo 1st, gold medalist(s) Team
2nd, silver medalist(s) Individual
2012 World Cup Final Cortes 'C' 17th
2012 Olympic Games Coral Reef Via Volo 6th Team
EL Individual
2013 World Cup Final Simon 1st, gold medalist(s)
2014 World Cup Final Simon 7th
2014 World Equestrian Games Cortes 'C' 3rd, bronze medalist(s) Team
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Individual
2015 World Cup Final Simon 4th
2016 Olympic Games Cortes 'C' 2nd, silver medalist(s) Team
46th Individual
2018 World Cup Final Breitling LS 1st, gold medalist(s)
EL = Eliminated; RET = Retired; WD = Withdrew


  1. ^ Parkes, Louise (April 29, 2013). "USA's Beezie Madden Takes the 2013 Rolex Crown in Three-Round Thriller". Archived from the original on August 22, 2014. Retrieved July 26, 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Elizabeth Beezie Madden". Team USA. Retrieved August 26, 2018.
  3. ^ "beezie madden". Retrieved July 26, 2016.
  4. ^ a b Regarding Horses: Beezie Madden and Authentic Are Jumping For Another Olympic Gold Archived October 1, 2015, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved December 22, 2009
  5. ^ "2004 Summer Olympics – Athens, Greece – Equestrian" Archived June 29, 2008, at the Wayback (Retrieved on April 27, 2008)
  6. ^ "2013: The Year of Beezie". Archived from the original on August 16, 2016. Retrieved July 26, 2016.
  7. ^ "Fire It Up! Beezie Madden and Cortes 'C' Sizzle on a Cool Night to Win $125,000 FEI World Cup Grand Prix". Archived from the original on September 15, 2016. Retrieved July 26, 2016.
  8. ^ "Victory! Team USA Wins the $75,000 Furusiyya Nations Cup CSIO4* at Wellington". Archived from the original on August 16, 2016. Retrieved July 26, 2016.
  9. ^ "Beezie Madden is Two for Two on Friday at Spruce Meadows". Archived from the original on August 16, 2016. Retrieved July 26, 2016.
  10. ^ "Kent Farrington and Uceko Repeat Winning Performance in $200,000 CN Performance Grand Prix CSI-W". Archived from the original on August 16, 2016. Retrieved July 26, 2016.
  11. ^ "Beezie Madden and Cortes 'C' Take Thrilling Global Champions Tour Victory at Chantilly, France!". Archived from the original on August 16, 2016. Retrieved July 26, 2016.
  12. ^ "Beezie Madden and Coral Reef Via Volo Victorious in $100,000 American Gold Cup Qualifier". Archived from the original on August 16, 2016. Retrieved July 26, 2016.
  13. ^ a b c d "Home of Beezie Madden". Retrieved July 26, 2016.
  14. ^ "Elizabeth MADDEN". Retrieved July 26, 2016.
  15. ^ a b c d "Beezie Madden :: The Hampton Classic". Retrieved July 26, 2016.
  16. ^ "Beezie Madden, McLain Ward named to fourth consecutive Olympic show jumping team". Retrieved July 26, 2016.
  17. ^ "Horse sense". Retrieved July 26, 2016.
  18. ^ "BEEZIE MADDEN WINS HER SECOND TITLE! | FEI World Cup(TM) Finals Paris 2018". Retrieved August 26, 2018.
  19. ^ Cowan, Lisa (April 2, 2019). "Beezie Madden, the U.S. Star, Tries for a Repeat". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved April 3, 2019.

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