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Beezie Madden Posts First 2009 WEF Win

WELLINGTON, Fla., Mar.12--Double Olympic gold medalist Beezie Madden won her first Grand Prix of the 2009 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival Thursday, aboard Onlight in Round X of the $30,000 Braman Motorcars WEF Challenge Cup Series.

Madden of Cazenovia, N.Y. and Onlight, owned by Team Onlight, were the only double clear round from the initial 49 entries for the class in the DeNemethy arena. Only four combinations made it to the jump off on the the course designed by Guilherme Jorge of Brazil.

The time by Madden and Onlight was 54.36 secs.

Brazil's Rodrigo Pessoa and Let's Fly, owned by the Double H Farm, placed second with four faults and a time of 44.64 secs. with Ireland's Kevin Babington and Caracas 49 in third place with four faults and a time of 49.76 secs. in the jumpoff.

"I was very pleased with my horse," Pessoa said of his jump off ride. "I added a stride to the vertical and it was really tight. Not going last you want to leave as little room possible for those behind you, but today the plan didn't work."

Madden, who was not planning to go fast in the jump off said, "I was just trying to make it under the time allowed and have a nice round, but it proved to be a difficult jump off to go clear."

Holding the Challenge in the DeNemethy ring this week raised new questions for the horses and riders.

"The course was nice, it took the horse a lot of adjusting," Pessoa said. "It was quite a different track with all the broken lines today."

"Because of the shape of the ring there were different routes, lots of bending. It was a good course you needed rideability which is good," Madden said. "It helped get ready for Sunday."

This was the first Grand Prix win for the 10-year-old German-bred mare that Madden has ridden sfor the past four years.

"She's been a little slow getting here," she said. "Hopefully today she turned the corner."

Both Madden and Pessoa have their eyes on the World Cup in Las Vegas April 15-19. Pessoa has qualified with the Double H Farm-owned Rufus, while Madden hopes to qualify the nine-year-old Belgian gelding, Danny Boy, owned by Abigail Wexner.

Placing Prize Entry Rider Owner Trainer

Round 1

Faults | Time Jump Off

Faults | Tim

$30,000 WEF Challenge Cup Series - Round X

1 $9,000 197 - ONLIGHT BEEZIE MADDEN TEAM ONLIGHT JOHN MADDEN 0 | 77.23 0 | 54.36

2 $6,600 2127 - LET'S FLY RODRIGO PESSOA DOUBLE H FARM NELSON PESSOA 0 | 77.07 4 | 44.64

3 $3,900 3511 - CARACAS 49 KEVIN BABINGTON BABINGTON JUMPERS KEVIN BABINGTON 0 | 78.11 4 | 49.76

4 $2,400 217 - MIDNIGHTLADY JAMES BILLINGTON DEERIDGE FARM JOHN MADDEN 0 | 76.97 12 | 45.52

5 $1,800 2616 - LITTLE EMIR SHANE SWEETNAM SPY COAST FARM LLC ALLISON SWEETNAM 4 | 73.93

6 $1,500 3320 - PRESIDENTE TODD MINIKUS SLEEPY P RANCH LLC TODD MINIKUS 4 | 74.09

7 $1,200 3410 - MADISON ALEXA WEEKS ALEXA WEEKS OLIVIA WEEKS 4 | 74.17

8 $900 1316 - CREDIT CRUISE ALEXA LOWE WINDSOR FARM SALES ALEXA LOWE 4 | 75.98

9 $900 3067 - UBLESCO CARA RAETHER TRELAWNY FARM LLC VIVIANE MUNDEN 4 | 77.58

10 $600 2796 - HIDDEN CREEK'S CORAYA Z MARGIE ENGLE HIDDEN CREEK FARM, INC CRAIG POLLARD 4 | 77.6

11 $600 2857 - Q''S CHARM RAMIRO QUINTANA KATHRYN QUIRK TERESA MILLS 4 | 77.8

12 $600 2967 - LENNOX LEWIS 2 LESLIE HOWARD LESLIE HOWARD WT KEES 4 | 77.84

13 $500 195 - PLAY ON BEEZIE MADDEN ALLAN SHORE, JR JOHN MADDEN 4 | 77.85

 

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