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Madden Victorious in Aachen Grand Prix

Beezie Madden, 43, revisited the site of the 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany, July 8, 2007, to again challenge the world’s best jumpers at the CHIO. This time she captured the coveted Grand Prix title with her WEG partner, Authentic, to make amends for her narrow defeat last year. Her win was the first for an American rider since Anne Kursinski raised the trophy on Starman in 1991.

Just three riders reached the final jump-off and risked everything. After the first competitor Roger-Yves Bost from France picked up four faults in a time of 54.45 seconds with his stallion, Ideal de la Loge, Germany’s Christian Ahlmann, 32, collected eight faults in 52.88 seconds with the 14-year-old grey Holsteiner gelding Cöster by Calato x Constant.

This left everything wide open for the Madden who jumped clear in a time of 59.31 seconds. "Winning here is a super victory for me that I definitely wanted to add to my list of successful results. It was very exciting riding here. At the start I risked more and rode faster, but towards the end I was able to slow the pace down because my aim was to jump clear," said Madden.

Two of the favorites were already knocked out of the competition in the first round: Jos Lansink collected four faults in the triple combination comprising of two fences over water with his 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games gold medalist horse. "Needless to say, I was disappointed, every rider dreams of winning here. But my stallion didn’t accelerate enough, he over-jumped himself somewhat at the first fence. But nobody can take away the memory of my victory at the FEI World Equestrian Games. The crowd in Aachen is simply fantastic," the Belgian rider explained.

The competition was also over after the first round for the 2006 WEG bronze medalist, Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and Shutterfly who refused at an oxer and then picked up four faults at the same fence. "I took the bend a bit too tight and didn’t leave myself enough time, which frightened Shutterfly a bit and he refused," said Meredith.

Courtesy: The HorseTV Channel News, http://www.horsetv.com


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