Fresh off a victory in Washington (USA), defending Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Champion Beezie Madden (USA) continued her winning streak in Lexington—this time on a new horse.
Madden piloted Chic Hin D Hyrencourt to victory in the 10-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding’s World Cup qualifying debut. Using stride and scope to their advantage, the pair came home with a winning time of 36.57 seconds over Ken Krome (USA)’s shortened course.
Molly Ashe Cawley (USA) & Cat Ballou
Molly Ashe Cawley (USA), herself a World Cup winner in New York (USA) this season, finished just two-tenths of a second behind the winner with Cat Ballou, crossing the timers in 36.77 seconds.
Laura Kraut (USA) & Confu
Laura Kraut (USA) and Confu, the only other double-clear performers on the evening, rounded out the podium with a time of 38.10 seconds.
Six combinations qualified for the jump-off out of a field of 35, and clear rounds were again hard to come by in the second round. The first two jump-off competitors, Lucy Davis (USA) and Kent Farrington (USA), had the rail at the very first fence. Madden, who followed Kraut in the fourth slot, elected to try a different approach.
“John and I talked about it before the jump off, and we said we’d try to take a shot but also stay within ourselves,” Madden detailed. “I was lucky enough to see Laura go, and the competitive nature in me took over a little bit. I thought [the riders] were having trouble with the approach to [the first fence], so I showed [Chic] a gap when I went in [the ring]…and we got a good approach.”
Madden was also pleasantly surprised with her mount’s agility, considering they are relatively inexperienced as a pair in jump-off situations, having only been partnered since the summer.
“After I did the five-stride line to the end jump, I asked him to turn pretty hard in the air, because I didn’t think he could turn that great, but he really turned fast,” Madden said. “I kind of said, ‘Okay, we’ll go with it!’ It came right up in the turn, which was good for me, and I just tried to bring it home. I caught a good one to the last one, too. It was right out of stride. I basically just had a little fun with it!”
As defending champion, Madden is automatically qualified for the 2019 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final in Gothenburg (SWE). Her objective has become making as many of the horses in her string eligible and selecting the horse that is best prepared come springtime.
Beezie Madden (USA) & Chic Hin D’Hyrencourt
“I have already Darry Lou, Breitling, and Chic eligible,” she said. “I plan on using Coach early in the [winter] season, because he’s had a nice break. We’ll see who’s the hot horse going into the World Cup Finals, which is kind of what my strategy was last year.”
The North American League continues in Toronto, Ontario (CAN), on 10 November 2018.
1. Beezie Madden (USA) & Chic Hin D Hyrencourt – 0/0 – 36.57
2. Molly Ashe (USA) & Cat Ballou – 0/0 36.77
3. Laura Kraut (USA) & Confu – 0/0 – 38.104
4. Kent Farrington (USA) & Creedance – 0/4 – 37.37
5. Lucy Davis (USA) & Caracho – 4 / 50.07
6. Amanda Derbyshire (GBR) & Luibanta BH – 8 / 38.74
7. Catherine Tyree (USA) & Bokai – 1 / 74.05
8. Lorcan Gallagher (IRL) & Hunters Conlypso II – 1 / 74.85
9. Adrienne Sternlicht (USA) & Toulago, Adrienne Sternlicht – 1 / 75.71
10. Cormac Hanley (IRL) & VDL Cartello, Cormac Hanley – 1 / 77.28
Beezie Madden (USA) – 1st
“I felt comfortable with him straight from the start. We stepped him up to the FEI division, and he did really well. He’s just continually gotten better and better. It was just a process of figuring out which bit I liked best on him and which spurs I wear on him. Really, he’s been quite simple. Hopefully he stays that way!”
“I have a great team with a fantastic owner in Abigail Wexner; my husband John, who heads the team; a great staff behind me; and of course, some wonderful horses.”
Molly Ashe Cawley (USA) — 2nd
“My horse is very large. He’s just come back to sport after a lot of time off. He had an injury, and he spent a year out in a field. I haven’t gotten to do a ton of jump-offs with him. With the lineup having me go last, I knew I had to try to push it as much as I could push it. I was really thrilled and pleasantly surprised with how well he handled it and how quick and nimble he got. I really love the horse, and I’m just really happy to have him back. He seems to be back and better than ever. I’m thrilled with him.”
Laura Kraut (USA) — 3rd
“I watched first two [riders] not have any success to the first fence. My main objective was to get that out of the way. [Confu] was very, very good. I lost my balance a bit when I came out of the double. He turned really quick, and I shifted off into the left stirrup. He had to swing back, get me, and then continue! I think that’s what slowed us down a bit. I was very happy with him. I’m in good company!”
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Source: Press release by Catie Staszak for FEI – Fédération Equestre Internationale
Photos: © Shawn McMillen Photography
Categories: Longines FEI World Cup Jumping