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.”
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BC: You’ve previously competed in the Olympic Games in 2004 and 2008-–does the pressure ever really go away?

BM: No, not really. You know what to expect a bit more and that helps you to prepare, but it is still the highest honor of our sport. The pressure comes from within to do your best. It is incredibly important to my husband John, who is my trainer and I that we do our best both in the competition and as representatives of our sport and our country.

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BC: Things seem to be about equal between the sexes in horse riding. Do you think that’s achievable in other sports?

BM: I think so. I think it is possible in the sports where there is a lot of exacting technique and strategy, not just brute strength or speed. In riding, it is not always about strength; there is a lot of technique and balance involved.

BC: Have you ever personally experienced sexism in the industry?

BM: No, some horses are better suited for women and some for men, but in the industry as a whole, men and women are very much on equal levels and are treated that way and treat each other that way.

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