U.S. dominant as Beezie Madden claims second World Cup Show Jumping title
She has done it: American Beezie Madden is the 2018 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Champion with her stallion Breitling LS after an exciting climax to the competition this Sunday in Paris. This is Madden’s second World Cup victory, after winning in 2013 in Gothenburg with the now-retired Simon.
The World Cup Jumping Final, held in front of thousands of equestrian sports fans in the French capital’s AccorHotels Arena, was the culmination of 10 months of qualifying in 16 regional leagues around the world. And the competition also marks an end to the main indoor Show Jumping season, as athletes begin to shift to outdoor events.
Great Britain’s Robert Whitaker and his 15-year-old gelding Catwalk IV placed 15th today, and he and his relative Michael, with JB’s Hot Stuff, finished 19th and 20th in the final standings. Ireland’s Mark McAuley finished in a tie for 23rd, while Denis Lynch was 36th.
Heading into Sunday’s class, Madden was in a similar position to her long-time team-mate McLain Ward at last year’s World Cup Final in Omaha, Nebraska, carrying a perfect score with zero penalties in the first two rounds of the competition. And as she and her husband, former Fédération Équestre Internationale (FEI) vice-president John Madden, walked the course at the AccorHotels Arena with the other riders to measure distances between jumps and plot out a riding route, the famously technical Olympian was able to judge what she had to do to secure her second title.
In the end, despite a fault at one obstacle in the second round, Madden and her 12-year-old mount obtained the aggregate result they needed. Beyond the trophies, Madden, Ryan, Von Eckermann and Ward earned prize money of €172.500,00, €131,250, €78,750 and €60,000 respectively.