Beezie Madden And Authentic Win $25,000 PDP Capital
WEF Challenge Cup Series Round V
FL February 26, 2004 Topping a class of 66 horses,
Beezie Madden, 40, of Cazenovia, New York, riding Authentic for
owners John Madden Sales and Elizabeth Bush Burke won the $25,000
PDP Capital WEF Challenge Cup Series Round V, CSI*** today at the
Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida. Madden was the
fastest of seven double-clear performances, claiming victory over
a 13-horse jump-off. Frances Yann Candele of Schomberg, Ontario,
riding Millcreeks Sweet Dream for owner Millcreek Stables
placed second. Ian Miller of Perth, Ontario, aboard Promise Me for
the owners syndicate The Bakers Dozen was third. Leopoldo
Palacious Jugo of Venezuela designed the course.
$25,000 WEF Challenge Cup Series Winner: Authentic, ridden by Beezie
Madden, owned by Elizabeth Busch Burke and John Madden Sales
Credit: Randi Muster
was a typical Leopoldo course for during the week he doesnt
usually build so big, but its always tricky, very careful
and pretty technical, said Madden of the 13-jump Round One
with its tight time allowed of 82 seconds. You had a lot of
ride-ability questions. For the triple combination you needed a
very handy horse to make it through that not so much scope
or power, but more handiness there. Madden noted that it was
the structure of some of the fences that made the course tricky.
A lot of delicate fences fell down easily, she said.
There were options in some places where you might want to
add a stride but because of the time allowed you were better off
leaving it out, which always makes it harder to jump the real delicate
horses went clean and qualified for the tiebreaker. Madden went
sixth in the order, clocking in clean at 38.95 seconds, which edged
Alison Firestone of Upperville, VA, aboard Iceburg out of the lead
and into an eventual sixth place for her clear round in 42.57. Maddens
time held up over the next five clear rounds, including Candeles
at 39.20 and Millars at 40.75 and she claimed the victory.
Maddens strategy was simple: Basically to try to win.
My horse is a fast horse anyway and if I just let him go at his
own speed hes really fast. There were long runs in between
the fences and hes very fast at that.
noted that she used different approaches to the fences and took
risks that cut time. From fence one to two, I did six strides
and McLain did five on his last one, but I bent the six more so
I had more foot speed to one and more foot speed to two and because
of the line I used I had a quicker line to fence three. Then particularly
down by the ingate I took a big risk at the in of the double combination.
I didnt set him up a lot for it or give him a big chance to
eye it up. He just had to come through and he was great there.
McLain Ward with two mounts in the jump-off posted the fastest time
at 38.67 aboard his first mount Hurricane but had a rail to take
eighth, then tried for the win with Sapphire only to incur a rail
in 40.57 for ninth.
is a 16.3-hand, nine-year-old Dutchbred gelding that Madden has
brought along since she got the ride on him as a six-year-old. He
won the last grand prix he contested, which was in December in Maastricht,
Holland. This was his first week of showing since then and todays
class was the first Grand prix this year. Its a nice
class to win. Its $25,000 which is really nice, said
Madden. She competed yesterday and plans to compete in the $75,000
PDP Capital Masters Cup on Sunday. I like to show in enough
classes during the week so that when I get to a big championship
type event, my horse is used to showing, Madden explained.
I schedule it where they have a week or two off and then when
they show, they show for the week. I like to practice going well
all week so that when you get to a World Championships or a World
Cup final, or Olympics, the horse is used to having pressure.
does have her eye on the Olympics and considers Authentic a possible
contender. We certainly have hopes that he is and whether
he does it this year or not, were letting him tell us during
this circuit whether hes ready for the 2004 Olympic Trials.
Its a little early in his career, but hes done everything
that weve asked of him and he has a huge heart. He might just
earlier competition today, McLain Ward riding Northfields won the
Second Year Green Hunter Championship. The Reserve Championship
went to Southern Lights ridden by Samantha Conroy.
Stewart riding Tribute won the First Year Green Hunter Championship.
Tommy Serio aboard Popeyek earned the Reserve.
Conformation Hunter Champion Winner: For the Music, ridden by Scott
Stewart, owned by Crystal Weisman
Credit: Randi Muster
Stewart also won the Regular Conformation Hunter Championship with
For The Music. Addison Phillips riding Tinsel Town was the Reserve.
Smith in the irons on Storyline won the Regular Working Hunter Championship.
Bev Seymour earned the Reserve.
Lewis saddled Forget Paris to win the Adult Amateur Hunter 33
Championship. Caryl Phillips earned the Reserve.
WINTER EQUESTRIAN FESTIVAL TICKET INFORMATION
days for the 2004 Winter Equestrian Festival are Wednesday through
Sunday. Gates open at 8:00 am. Ticket Prices: Wednesdays are free
to everyone; Children 12 and under are admitted free every day;
Young Adults 13 to 18 and Seniors are $5 on Thursday through Sunday;
Adults are $5 on Thursday and Friday, $10 on Saturday, and $15 on
Sunday. The Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club is located on Pierson
Road off South Shore Boulevard. For additional information, visit
www.stadiumjumping.com or call 561-793-5867.
WEF SCHEDULE OF COMPETITIONS
25 - 29 PDP Capital Wellington Masters CSI***
3 - 7 CN Wellington Open CSI-W
10 - 14 CSIO United States Cosequin Finale CSIO***
18 - 21 Zada Enterprises WEF Dressage Classic CDI***/Y
(Qualifier for Olympic Selection Trials)
24 - 28 Tampa Bay Classic CSI-W (Bob Thomas Equestrian Center)
30 - April 3 Tournament of Champions CSI-W (Bob Thomas Equestrian
3 Budweiser American Invitational (Raymond James Stadium)
2004 MILLION DOLLAR GRAND PRIX SERIES
29 $75,000 PDP Capital Masters Cup, CSI***
7 $75,000 CN Wellington Open presented by Estates of Wellington
12 $50,000 Samsung Nations Cup, presented by CN, CSIO****
14 $100,000 Cosequin U.S. Open Jumper Championship, CSIO****
28 $75,000 Grand Prix of Tampa, presented by Kilkenny/ICH, CSI-W
3 $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational,
Presented by Publix and The Tampa Tribune
JUMPER CLASSIC CSI****
Coliseum, Charlotte, NC
9 -11 Charlotte Jumper Classic CSI****
11 $150,000 Grand Prix of Charlotte For the Charlotte Bobcat Cup