The four-time US Olympic medalist Beezie Madden vibrated in the US capital by dominating the first class of the CSI3* Washington International Horse Show in the jump-off round. (Photo © Shawn McMillen Photography)
American rider Beezie Madden was the winner of the $35,000 Welcome Stake 1.50m presented by Rushy Marsh Farm in Washington.
Starting the CSI3* Washington International Horse Show week, the first FEI class under the course design by Irish Alan Wade, been main figurate the four times US Olympic medalist Beezie Madden, getting his pass with 9 riders classified to the jump-off in a regular round composed by 26 pairs.
Setting the tone from the beginning on part of Beezie Madden, his time of 30.78 seconds next to the 11-year-old stallion Breitling LS (Quintero x Accord II) owned by Abigail Werner, left without chance the rest of the classified riders, ensuring the winner 50 World Ranking Points.
Being his advantage close to 1 second, the second place was for the also American Alison Robitaille with the 12-year-old gelding Ace (Berlin x Irco Polo) owned by Bertram & Diana Firestone, recording a time of 31.62 seconds and third place completing the US one-two-three American Olympic medalist Laura Kraut stopped the clock in 31.92 seconds with the 10-year-old gelding Confu (Contact me x Cambridge) owned by St. Bride’s Farm.
The double clear rounds was extended to the top five classified with Amanda Derbyshire of Great Britain taking fourth place with the 9-year-old mare Luibantan BH (Luidam x Abantos) in 32.15 seconds and fifth place Peter Lutz of the United States with the 12-year-old gelding Robin de Ponthual (Calypso d’Herbiers) achieved a time of 33.28 seconds.
For the Latino Ranking Paulo Santana of El Salvador participated, getting to finish in 12th place, thanks to his 4 fouls regular round in 65.24 seconds with 17-year-old gelding Taloubet (Baloubet du Rouet x Quidam de Revel) to add World Ranking Points.
The first class of the CSI3* Washington week was attended by the world number 1 Kent Farrington ending in 19th place accompanied by the 10-year-old gelding Creedance (Lord Z x Notaris) with 9 fouls and world number 2 McLain Ward, was presented with 10-year-old mare HH Callas (Albatros x Quattro B) to finish 25th with 16 fouls.