Beezie Madden riding Darry Lou. Photo by Jump Media.
Wellington, FL – Beezie Madden won her first Martha Jolicoeur Leading Lady Rider Award of the season on Saturday night, March 7, during week nine, presented by Douglas Elliman Real Estate, at the 12-week Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) in Wellington, FL.
A four-time U.S. Olympic medalist, Madden led the week-nine standings from wire to wire after finishing second in the $137,000 Equinimity WEF CSI5* Challenge Cup Round 9, and placing fourth in the $401,000 Douglas Elliman Real Estate CSI5* Grand Prix. Both finishes came aboard Darry Lou, 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion (Tangelo van de Zuuthoeve x Nabab de Reve) owned by Abigail Wexner.
“It’s always great to be recognized for consistency throughout the week, and the prizes are super,” said Madden, who also won a Martha Jolicoeur Leading Lady Rider Award during week three of the 2019 WEF season. “It’s nice to have a unique award to keep things interesting, and I’ve always loved winning it.
“[Darry Lou] had a great week,” continued Madden, 56, of Cazenovia, NY. “This was the first week where I expected him to be fit enough and had enough competitions under his belt to be able to produce some good rounds. I’m really pleased with what he did; he tried really hard tonight and was fabulous all week.”
Throughout WEF, the Martha Jolicoeur Leading Lady Rider Award, given in memory of fellow realtor and horseman Dale Lawler, is presented weekly to the high-score female rider based on performances in the weekly WEF Challenge Cup Series and grand prix events. During the 12th and final week of competition, the Martha Jolicoeur Overall Leading Lady Rider Award will be presented to the female rider who accumulates the most points throughout the season. So far this season, Lillie Keenan, Jessica Springsteen, Adrienne Sternlicht, and Kirsten Vanderveen of the United States, as well as Great Britain’s Amanda Derbyshire and Alexandra Thornton, and Canada’s Vanessa Mannix, have won the weekly award. These talented female riders are now joined by Madden in contention for the overall title.
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