Articles: Press Release
Beezie Madden and Exclusive Master 1.40m
at the Tampa Equestrian Festival
Photo Credit: Beezie Madden and Exclusive win 1.40m class during the third
day of the Tampa Bay Classic. Photo © Walton/PMG.
Rebecca Walton for
Phelps Media Group, Inc.
at (561) 753-3389 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tampa, FL - March 27, 2009 - It was a warm, sunny day at the Bob Thomas
Equestrian Center on the Florida State Fairgrounds, where riders competed
for the third day during the Tampa Bay Classic. The Tampa Bay Classic is the
second week of the Tampa Equestrian Festival, a three-week horse show
featuring the nations premier hunters and jumpers competing for top
prizes. Today jumper riders competed in the Covered Arena in the 1.40m
class, where Beezie Madden garnered the top two prizes, earning the blue
ribbon with Exclusive, owned by Elizabeth Busch Burke and John Madden Sales,
and the red ribbon with the Neopolitan Holding entry, Prima.
"Exclusive is a new young horse for me," smiled Madden. "We got her right
after the Syracuse Invitational and we started her at Palm Beach. She won a
1.45m class there and she's placed in a lot of classes. She's a really
exciting new horse for us."
Today's first course was difficult with 15 jumping efforts that included
many challenging bending lines, a triple combination, and an oxer to
vertical double combination. Only six riders advanced to the jump-off, which
included very sharp turns and rollbacks, the double combination, and
finished over a large oxer going away from the gate.
McLain Ward and Sagamore Farm's Rothchild were the first horse and rider
combination to complete a faultless first round and advance to the
jump-off. The pair had rails at fence eight, a single vertical, and the
first jump of the double combination, for an eight fault score and the sixth
place award. Leslie Howard and Hip Hop, owned by David Goodwin, were the
next pair to compete over the short course, but they also had a rail at
fence eight for a four fault score in 38.074 seconds for fourth place. Kent
Farrington and Uceko, owned by RCG Farm LLC, were the first to complete a
faultless jump-off effort, but their time of 41.463 seconds placed them in
the third position.
Madden followed Farrington into the ring with her first mount Prima, posting
a clear effort and beating his time by stopping the clock at 38.611 seconds
to earn the second place prize. Shane Sweetnam was the next to compete in
the jump-off with Triviant, owned by the Curtis Lourie Group, but the pair
had a rail at fence eight and moved into the fifth place position after
tripping the timers at 39.772 seconds. Madden entered the ring last with
Exclusive and didn't hold back in the jump-off, allowing the mare to cut the
turns and fly through the timers in a clear 38.202 seconds to capture the
"The first round was a little difficult; there weren't very many clear,"
explained Madden. "I was a little conservative with my first horse, Prima,
because she's done a lot of running. She's kind of my main speed horse, so I
didn't want to let her go in and just be fast the whole time. When we went
in and took over the lead being conservative I knew that if I let Exclusive
slip around at her own pace she'd probably be a little bit faster to win."
Madden will continue to compete with Exclusive next week and then she will
show her at the Charlotte Jumper Classic and Spruce Meadows. Madden also
hopes to take her to Europe over the summer.
Madden has enjoyed having the opportunity to show at the Tampa Equestrian
Festival. "I like the facility because everything is convenient," she
said. "You get to see some of the other horses and some of the other people;
it's more social. They've done a beautiful job. We love to support the show
and we love the Invitational; we hope everybody comes out to watch."
The $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational will be held Saturday, April 4,
at Raymond James Stadium, and is the finale of the Tampa Equestrian
Festival. The $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational is a star-studded
event featuring the top equestrians from all over the world competing for
one of the largest purses in show jumping.
For more information please visit www.stadiumjumping.com.
$5,000 1.40M, TIME FIRSTJUMP-OFF TABLE II,SEC 2(b)
Back Horse Rider JF1 TF1 AF1 Time 1 JF2 TF2 AF2 Time 2
1 236 EXCLUSIVE BEEZIE MADDEN 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 38.202
2 232 PRIMA BEEZIE MADDEN 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 38.611
3 326 UCEKO KENT FARRINGTON 0 0 0 69.000 0 0 0 41.463
4 307 HIP HOP LESLIE HOWARD 0 0 0 0.000 4 0 4 38.074
5 473 TRIVIANT SHANE SWEETNAM 0 0 0 0.000 4 0 4 39.772
6 506 ROTHCHILD MCLAIN WARD 0 0 0 68.000 8 0 8 42.893
7 342 DAUPHIN DARRAGH KERINS 0 2 2 75.022
8 500 UDENTO VDL HILLARY DOBBS 4 0 4 62.872
9 265 URGENT LAUREN HOUGH 4 0 4 64.752
10 508 COVER GIRL MCLAIN WARD 4 0 4 65.249
11 41 TIGGER MARIO DESLAURIERS 4 0 4 67.276
12 317 ROMANTOVICH TAKE ONE CHRISTINE MCCREA 4 0 4 67.701
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