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USET Foundation Names Beezie Madden as 2006 Whitney Stone Cup Winner
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The USET Foundation gives a special award every year to a deserving horseman. The Whitney Stone Cup is given in honor of the late Whitney Stone, who served as President and Chairman of the Board of the USET.
Whitney Stone led the USET from 1953 to 1973. He was instrumental in the creation of a civilian team when the Army retired from competitive horse sports after 1948.
The Whitney Stone Cup is awarded annually by the USET Foundation Executive Committee to an active competitor who displays consistent excellence in international competition, high standards of sportsmanlike conduct, while also serving as an ambassador for the United States and equestrian sport.
For 2006, the Whitney Stone Cup is awarded to Beezie Madden of Cazenovia, NY. Known for style, ability, and gracious manner, Madden had an outstanding year in 2005. With her 2004 Olympic Team Gold Medal partner, Authentic, now owned by Abigail Wexner, Madden won the $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational, the $200,000 Queen Elizabeth Cup at Spruce Meadows, and the $75,000 New Albany Classic Grand Prix. With the impressive stallion, Judgement, of Iron Spring Farm, she led the victory gallop at the $165,000 Shell Cup Derby and the $1 Million CN International Grand Prix at Spruce Meadows.
In addition to impressive individual results this year, Madden was also an important part of the United States’ victorious team in the Samsung Super League in Europe. She and Authentic had an astounding clutch performance in Aachen, Germany, to secure the win at that event, which helped the U.S. win the overall title.
“It’s an honor to win this award. It’s always nice to be thought of as deserving of such a prestigious award,” Madden said with a smile.
Madden gave credit to her teammates for their success overseas. “My teammates from Athens and the Super League were a pleasure to compete with. They were all true team players. I had a lot of faith in their systems, their support groups, and their training. You knew you could depend on them,” she stated. “I feel like anything I did in Europe is due in large part to my teammates. We have top horse and rider combinations in the United States now. When you have that, it gives you the confidence to do well.”
In addition to her teammates, Madden said their Chef d’Equipe, George H. Morris, “was a big inspiration for us.”
Morris was full of praise for Madden. “She represents the absolute ideal example as a person, a horsewoman, a rider, and a winner at the very highest level of the sport,” he stated. “I’m delighted that she won the Whitney Stone Cup award.”
Morris went on to explain why Beezie Madden was such a good candidate for the Whitney Stone Cup. He explained, “As a person, she is so business-like. She doesn’t talk about or try and predict her success. She is humble in her success. She has the utmost respect from the greats in this sport and they have such respect for her as a horsewoman. She is one of the greats of equestrian sport. Not just in this generation, but of every generation.”
Madden will be one of the top competitors vying for a spot on this year’s U.S. team for the World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany. “Nations’ Cup events can be really exciting sometimes, and competing on a team is definitely different. I take all the opportunities that I can to be on them so that it becomes more of a routine for me, like it is to riders in Europe.”
“You learn something new every day in this sport. You never know who you’ll learn something from, so I’m always watching and observing everyone,” Madden commented.
The United States Equestrian Team Foundation (www.uset.org) is the non-profit organization that supports the competition, training, coaching, travel and educational needs of America’s elite an developing international, high-performance horses and athletes in partnership with the United States Equestrian Federation.
For more information on the USET Foundation, please call (908) 234-1251, or visit USET ONLINE at www.uset.org.
Photo Credit: Beezie Madden and Judgement winning the 2005 $1 Million CN International Grand Prix at Spruce Meadows. Photo by Jennifer Wood.