Hometown: Cazenovia, New York
Discipline: Show 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, but riding was her true passion. She made her debut at Grand Prix, jumping’s highest level, in 1985 at age 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 and 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 four 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.
Though she is one of the most successful female equestrian athletes in U.S. history, Madden did not make her Olympic Games debut until 2004, but she made it a memorable one. Aboard Authentic, Madden aided the U.S. Team to a Team Gold medal. Two years later, the pair added Team and Individual Silver medals to its resume with outstanding performances at 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany. In 2008, Madden and Authentic garnered their second consecutive Team Gold medal at the Olympic Games, where they won an unbelievable jump-off to also pick up Individual Bronze.
Having competed in seven previous FEI World Cup Jumping Finals, Madden entered the 2013 Final with experience on her side and became only the fifth woman ever to win the Rolex/FEI World Cup Final crown with Simon.
In May of 2014, Madden was forced to sit on the sidelines for six weeks due to a broken collarbone. A fierce competitor, she returned to her winning ways just six weeks later, helping the U.S. to victory in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup of Great Britain presented by Longines with Cortes ‘C’. The pair went on to represent the U.S. at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games were they collected Team and Individual Bronze medals.
In addition to competing, Madden also runs a successful training and sales business with her husband, John, out of their Cazenovia, N.Y., and Wellington, Fla., bases.