Beezie Madden and Breitling LS Win CSI4* Grand Prix at WEF
With five in the jumpoff and five clear rounds that got better and better, it was the final rider in the order, the USA’s Beezie Madden, who was fastest to win the $205,000 CaptiveOne Grand Prix CSI4*
with Breitling LS on Saturday, March 24, 2018.
It was the biggest class during the second-to-last week of competition at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL, USA, and run in the morning on WEF’s grass derby field, to give the 1.50m Series Championship Final center stage later in the evening under Saturday Night Lights.
Breitling LS, the 12-year-old SLS stallion by Quintero Ask x Acord II, has already been a winner once before this season in Wellington, and Madden chose today’s grand prix as his final preparation before he competes in Paris, France in April at the 2018 Longines FEI World Cup Final.
“I think that the grass and a nice fresh venue keeps him going better. He’s always a better horse when he’s in a good mood and this venue keeps him happy,” Madden commented.
The jumpoff got quite exciting, as all of the five finishers, who moved on to the shorter round from the original order of 45, jumped stellar clear rounds. Madden had the advantage of going last in the first round, and last in the jumpoff, allowing her to catch the very quick round of Ireland’s Daniel Coyle, who rode Cita to 2nd place.
While Coyle would have liked to win it, he expressed happiness with his result of the day. “The mare is jumping fantastic and has never been in better form,” he said. “She will do next week and then have a couple of months off. Later in the summer we’ll do the Nations Cup in Langley and probably spruce meadows again and see how it goes from there.”
Richie Moloney, also of Ireland, placed 3rd with Freestyle De Muze. Juan Manuel Gallego and Fee Des Sequoias Z were 4th for Colombia, and Alise Oken of the USA placed 5th with Hitchcock VD Broekkant.