Articles: Horse News
Beezie Madden and Coral Reef Via Volo Win the Longines International Grand
Prix of Rotterdam
Beezie Madden and Coral Reef Via Volo.
Photo: Beatrice Scudo.
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August 28, 2011
by Stephanie Doyle
Rotterdam, The Netherlands - Beezie Madden and Coral Reef Via Volo triumphed
after a 10-rider jump off to win the Longines International Grand Prix of
Rotterdam - the last day of the 2011 FEI Nations Cup Series.
In front of a sold-out arena, Madden edged out the Dutch rider Jeroen
Dubbeldam, who ended up in second place on Bmc Van Grunsven Simon in a
jump-off time of 39.11. Madden came in 0.8 seconds faster in a time of 38.31
seconds. German rider Carsten-Otton Nagel came in third on Corradina in a
time of 40.33 seconds. Four riders jumped clear in the jump off.
"It was fantastic," Madden said of her win on her 13-year-old Belgian
"The show grounds improved significantly and did great despite all the rain
that has fallen today and over the past days," she added. "Our horses became
lighter, faster and more careful."
Madden also won the overall Longines award for the leading rider - building
on the strong form she has kept up throughout the summer, collecting top
placings in both North America and Europe.
Sunday's grand prix hosted 47 entires, with Madden returning after the
U.S. Team's disappointing Nations Cup performance on Friday to take the
CSIO5* Grand Prix win.
Despite their best efforts, the Americans on Friday took sixth place, one
spot behind the Belgians who along with the U.S. were lying in the
relegation danger-zone. And although Belgium collected 17 faults in a
high-scoring competition, the 18 collected by the Americans was simply too
much, and they now join the long-resigned Danish side in the Promotional
League for 2012.
Complete Nations Cup Series information is available at www.FEI.org.
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