Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – October 17, 2019 – Returning to defend their 2018 title in the $36,000 1.45m Harrisburg Sprint, Beezie Madden (USA) and Abigail Wexner’s Jiva successfully outpaced their competitors Thursday at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show (PNHS).
Riding first of 20 in the order, Victoria Birdsall (CAN) set the bar high with a speedy clear round of 54.39 seconds aboard Djumpsina SFN.
Their time was quickly surpassed by Madden, riding fourth in the order aboard the 10-year-old bay Belgian Warmblood mare (Concorde x Nonstop). Her blistering time of 50.79 seconds proved uncatchable as the class continued.
Ali Ramsay (CAN) and Casino (Casiro 3 x Ludwig von Bayern) were the runners-up after a penalty-free effort in 51.79 seconds.
Natalie Dean (USA) and Ceitasi (Caretello B x Cavalier) completed the podium with no penalties and a time of 53.36 seconds.
Beezie Madden (USA) & Jiva during the awards ceremony
“I went early, so I planned to just be a little on the attack,” Madden said. “It was quite fast in the beginning and settled down a little at the end. I think there were a couple places someone could have nipped me doing one less stride somewhere, but she (Jiva) has a lot of natural foot speed so it carried over.”
Repeating last year’s victory in the $36,000 1.45m Harrisburg Sprint, Madden and Jiva walked away with the winner’s share of $11,880 and the James V. Tanzole Family Perpetual Trophy.
“She’s just a very good horse to have to try to win some speed classes,” Madden said of the 10-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare. “She can do a little bit bigger than this as well, but she’s a great horse to have. It’s good to have a horse you can go fast with and have the confidence she’ll leave all the fences up.”
Results – $36,000 1.45m Harrisburg Sprint
Place / Rider / Country / Horse / Penalties / Time / Earnings
1) Beezie Madden (USA) & Jiva | 0/50.79 | $11,880
2) Ali Ramsay (CAN) & Casino | 0/51.79 | $7,200
3) Natalie Dean (USA) & Ceitasi | 0/53.36 | $5,400
4) Victoria Birdsall (USA) & Djumpsina SFN | 0/54.39 | $3,600
5) Peter Lutz (USA) & Excellent| 0/55.27 | $2,160
6) Roberto Teran Tafur (COL) & Dena-Sienne | 0/56.65 | $1,620
7) Susan Horn (CAN) & Chacca Keeps II | 0/66.72 | $1,080
8) Samantha Schaefer (USA) & Zarina de Vidau | 4/50.98 | $900
9) Callan Solem (USA) & Jasmijn van de Renthoeve | 4/54.51 | $720
10) Eryn Ballard (CAN) & Canora Z | 4/55.24 | $720
11) Mario Deslauriers (CAN) & Jamaica van Paemel | 4/55.28 | $360
12) Sharn Wordley (NZL) & Any | 4/55.72 | $360
Source: Press release from Pennsylvania National Horse Show
Photos: © Al Cook Photography