Beezie & Breitling have been outstanding all week...
Elizabeth “Beezie” Madden of the USA took the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Championship on Sunday in Paris, capping a three-day stellar performance in which she rode perfectly clear in four of five rounds of competition.
Madden, who at 55 is the oldest rider to ever win the title, won Day 1 and Day 2 of the event, and came into Day 3 carrying zero penalty points.
In the final Grand Prix, she stayed clear in the first round and only knocked one rail in the second, for a time of 67.31 seconds and four penalty points aboard the 12-year-old stallion Breitling LS.
Her exemplary performance throughout the entire Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Finals gave her a tremendous edge heading into Sunday’s competition and laid down a gauntlet for the other riders, many of whom had won the World Cup™ title in previous years.
It was the USA for both gold and silver on the podium, as American Devin Ryan took a hard-won second place on nine-year-old Eddie Blue.
Ryan, who wasn’t expected to factor into the top finishers, showed maturity and grit throughout the three days of riding and came from third place to go clear in the final round with a time of 67.50 seconds and only six penalty points.