Breeder’s Bridge to High Performance
John Madden Sales announces new contest for North American Bred Jumper in 2012, Photo by Sportfot
February 1st 2012
John Madden Sales, Inc and rider Callie Schott will be offering a chance of a lifetime for several lucky jumper prospects. Selected horses will receive three months free training and board at John Madden Sales to be ridden and brought along by up and coming grand prix rider, Callie Schott.
Callie Schott has been the assistant rider for Beezie Madden since 2009 and has recently been seen competing such talented horses as Wrigley, a Dutch bred mare she has brought along herself under the direction of John and Beezie Madden to top results, including two second place finishes in the Grand Prix of Vermont in August of 2011.
“Beezie and I have incredible faith in Callie’s talent. We see her becoming a real force in the grand prix ring in the years to come. The recipients of this contest will be given a great opportunity to progress with Callie in the saddle and Beezie and I overseeing the horse’s schedule,” said John Madden.
“I am especially excited that the focus will be on North American bred horses. We have some spectacular breeders here in North America and there’s no reason the next top grand prix horse can’t come from one of them. I was very fortunate to have the ride on Judgement ISF, who won over $1.5 million in his career and was bred here at Iron Spring Farm. I think breeders in North America often have a difficult time getting a prospect hooked up with the right rider that can bring it along to its full potential. Hopefully this will bring a renewed focus on not forgetting to shop at home, as well as abroad,” said Beezie Madden.
Owners of North American bred Thoroughbreds, including ex-racehorses looking for new careers, are encouraged to apply. While only a few horses will be given the opportunity for free training in 2012, the Madden’s and Schott are hopeful that this will serve to highlight several talented breeders to others who are searching for prospects.
Applications will be due by March 31st and will be narrowed down to five finalists by April 15th. The finalists will be tried by Schott and the winners will be announced by June 1st. Horses must be five years old in 2012 or older. Contest applicants will need to submit a video and application.
Photo Credit: SPORTFOT. This photo may only be used in relation to this press release
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Click here to read Callie Schott's blog entries for The Chronicle of the Horse during this process!