Elizabeth “Beezie” Madden
Beezie Madden celebrating a win at the 2018 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Final in Paris. Photo by Shannon Brinkman
Beezie Madden, originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was the 1984 IHSA Cacchione Cup winner as a member of the Southern Seminary team. She launched her grand prix show jumping career in 1985. She was the first woman to achieve $1 million in earnings in show jumping. Madden is an Individual Olympic bronze medalist and was a member of the two gold medal U.S. teams from the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games, where she rode Authentic. She was also a member of the U.S silver medal team in 2016 with Cortes 'C.' In 2013, Madden won the FEI World Cup Finals in Gothenburg, Sweden, aboard Simon. Madden followed up that win with a repeat in 2018 with Breitling LS. She became the first rider to win the $1 Million AIG HITS Grand Prix in all three locations offered in 2019 with her win with Darry Lou at HITS Thermal. Madden is one of the greatest riders in U.S. history and continues to deliver consistent wins. In September, she notched a second win of the CP International Grand Prix, earning the victory gallop of coveted $1 million event with Darry Lou. Madden, who now bases out of her farm in Cazenovia, New York, is a four-time recipient of the U.S. Equestrian Federation’s Equestrian of the Year award.