Olympic Equestrian Competitor Beezie Madden Talks Style, Sexism and Show Jumping
Olympic equestrian Beezie Madden says, “It is incredibly important…that we do our best both in the competition and as representatives of our sport and our country.”
Olympics veteran Beezie Madden is no stranger to a colossal challenge. During the past two Olympics, the American equestrian competitor earned consecutive Team Gold medals. In 2008, she brought home a bronze after competing in the Individual Show Jumping Competition. And now, the talented Ariat team member is gearing up to represent the United States in the 2012 Games from August 4th-8th, 2012.
As this country’s number two show jumper, we have faith that she and her Belgian Warmblood mare, Coral Reef Via Volo, will be a force to be reckoned with at the Olympic games. We chatted with Madden about what it’s like to compete in the Olympics, sexism in sports, and the gear she’ll be wearing during the games. Will you be betting on Beezie, because we sure are!
Betty Confidential: When did you first start riding?
Beezie Madden: At age three, when I was given a pony for Christmas. My parents, Joe and Kathy Patton, owned a horse farm near Milwaukee. My brother and I grew up riding horses.
BC: What was your first professional breakthrough?
BM: In 1986 when Pam and Michael Duffy gave me my first string of horses to ride for them at Still Meadow Farm.
Beezie’s previous Olympic experiences and more are up next!