The Canadian Sport Horse Association hosted a course with show jumper Peasie Madden and her husband John. The “Canadian Horse Journal” reported on this and explained, among other things, why one of the world’s best show jumpers had withdrawn from the high-profile sport.
On the sidelines of this symposium, Madden (58) reiterated what he had already announced in 2020: “I want to step down. I’m not actively trying to join championship teams or keep moving up the world rankings. We’ve been doing that for so long that I’ve lost interest in it.” “Too Long” has made its mark on the game of Beezy Madden for decades. He rode in his first World Cup final in 1987.
He was the team Olympic champion in 2004 and 2008. There was also an individual bronze in 2008, and the USA won silver in Rio in 2016.
In three World Equestrian Games, Madden had two silver and two bronze medals. He was a four-time Pan American Games team member, winning two gold, one silver and two bronze medals.
He has won twelve World Cup finals twice, most recently with the Breitling LS in 2018, and he still rides in the grand tour from time to time – but only if both want to. Because Madden has a tumor. It’s not life-threatening, but it occasionally affects her sense of balance. “Some days I’m 100 percent fit, other days I’m a little foggy,” Madden said. That’s why she doesn’t want to ride for the team.
At the symposium, Peasey and John Madden presented their method, in which Madden says “the specialty is that it’s not special”: “It’s about taking good care of the horse every day. Putting his well-being first.” According to her, training primarily includes “basics, basics, basics, dressage work, gymnastics, jumping.”
Madden also promoted breeding: “Breeding is more of a passion than a business, and we need more people to breed. Every year there are more FEI riders. There are more people and more competitions, but less breeding. So it is very difficult to find good horses.” In fact, most American show jumpers buy horses from Europe.
If you need a little more Madden inspiration, John Madden says, “Riding a horse is like trying to empty a swimming pool with a spoon. It’s hard work and takes a long time.
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