Beezie Madden and Breitling LS. Photo © Sportfot.
Wellington, FL – March 4, 2018 – Closing out the CSIO4* week of competition on Sunday, March 4, at the 2018 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) was the $205,000 CSIO4* Grand Prix, presented by Lugano Diamonds, with a win for Olympic gold medalist Beezie Madden and Breitling LS, owned by Abigail Wexner, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL.
Out of 45 entries in the grand prix and 11 who advanced to the jump-off, it was fan favorite Madden who rose to the top of the $205,000 CSIO4* Grand Prix, presented by Lugano Diamonds. Madden rode Breitling LS, a 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion by Quintero x Accord II, in a brilliant jump-off ride to win with a time of 40.49 seconds.
Second place went to Richie Moloney (IRL) and Carrabis Z, owned by Equinimity LLC, in a time of 43.16 seconds. They went last in the jump-off and Moloney had seen Madden’s round before him.
Adrienne Sternlicht (USA) and Cristalline, riding out of the unenviable first position in the class, rode a solid clear round in 43.86 seconds for third place. Fourth place went to the only other double clear, Lisa Carlsen (CAN) and her own Parette.
Ryan Moloney Wins Children’s Hunter Older Championship
Ryan Moloney of Georgetown, KY rode Vogue to the Children’s Hunter Older division championship, sponsored by Palm Beach International Academy, after earning two first place finishes over fences and a win under saddle during week eight of the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF).
“She’s one of the most incredible horses that I’ve ever ridden,” said Moloney, 16, of Vogue, the ten-year-old grey Swedish Warmblood mare owned by his mother, Karen Bailey. “She is just a rockstar. She has a big personality, and she loves to let you know that she’s there. I love her so much, and you can feel that it’s such a good partnership. She just really helps you out.”