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: Have you ever had a style mishap before while riding?

BM: Other than having a button or two pop out of my coat, I haven’t had any major style mishaps. I did have a major equipment failure in the Nation’s Cup at the Meadowlands one year. My buckle that holds my stirrup at the right length for my foot broke and it was flapping around. I had to reach down while continuing to ride and pull it off and finish without one stirrup.

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BC: Equestrian gear (riding boots, for example) has had a pretty large influence on fashion in recent years. Have you taken notice of this? Do you think these inspired styles are here to stay?

BM: Oh yes, we see it everywhere we go. Equestrian-inspired fashion has been around forever, and I don’t see it every really going out of style. The prints, the fabrics and jewelry are all quite timeless.

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BC: What do you wear for Show Jumping during the competition? Is it comfortable?

BM: We wear tall boots, breeches, a riding shirt, a hunt coat, helmet and gloves. At times it can be hot, and we take the hunt coats off, but for the most part they are all made from high tech materials that breathe and stretch, so we are very comfortable. Even when I ride at home, I wear britches and boots because it is the most comfortable thing to ride in and protects my legs.

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Diana Denza is a regular contributor to BettyConfidential.

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