John Madden Sales Announces Breeder’s Bridge Winners
2 Breeds, 2 types, 2 winners!
May 24, 2012
CAZENOVIA, NY - In a contest designed to highlight and uncover talented young horses on this side of the Atlantic, 2-time Olympic Gold Medalist Beezie and her husband and trainer John Madden and assistant rider Callie Schott, have selected 2 horses to train with them for 3 months at no cost from the 140 potential superstars who were entered by their owners and breeders. Schott spent several days in May travelling to five different states to try the semi-finalists. The John Madden Sales Breeder’s Bridge to High Performance winners are Constant Star, the Maryland bred Thoroughbred, and Welcome BF, the California bred Holsteiner.
Constant Star may be a surprising choice to many. The little mare, sired by Fantasticat and out of Risentothestars, was born in Maryland without the intention of ever seeing a jump, but Constant Star won Callie over in her trial ride with her eagerness to the jumps and ability to learn. The mare was raced lightly as a two year old, where she exhibited little talent as a racehorse. Constant Star began jumping at the end of 2011 when she became owned by Kimberly Clark and Thoroughbred Placement Resources, Inc., a 501(c)(3) charity that exists to place ex-racehorse in new and appropriate careers. Constant Star had recently been under the management of trainer David Loman.
“I had so much fun jumping Constant Star in my trial ride. She felt willing to the fences, explosive off the ground and although still so green, she was very smart. She just kept getting better and better over the course of the ride. I didn’t want to get off her,” said Schott.
The second mare invited to join the Maddens and Schott in Cazenovia, New York is Welcome BF, the six year old Holsteiner mare bred and owned by Branscomb Farm in California. Sired by Cassini II and out of Reika, owner KC Branscomb Kelley said she was a favorite on the farm and it was clear why. Her impressive jump could not be ignored.
“Beezie and I were thrilled to watch Callie’s trial rides, this mare seemed very capable. She’s a strong mare and a heavier type than Constant Star, but I see her as being very powerful,” said John Madden about the Holsteiner mare.
The Holsteiner breed originated in the Schleswig-Holstein region of Northern Germany and is the product of a systematic breeding program that originated over 700 years ago. The German Holsteiner studbook is one of the smallest studbooks in Europe with approximately 6% of the total equine population. However, it has consistently produced some of the world's most successful international horses in a range of disciplines. Beezie Madden herself has recently had top results with Abigail Wexner’s Holsteiner mare Mademoiselle.
Mademoiselle, who recently won the 2012 World Cup Qualifier of Tampa with Madden, and Welcome BF actually share similarities in their pedigrees, both descendents of the great Holsteiner stallions Cor De La Bryere and Landgraf I.
“You just never know where your next Olympic horse will come from. John and I believe in the greatness of the American Thoroughbred and the breeders here in North America, which is why we launched this contest. Our winners came from opposite coasts, very different bloodlines and programs, but for a rider looking for talent, I think it shows there is a variety available here without a trip overseas.” said Beezie Madden.
Welcome BF and Constant Star will be invited to Cazenovia, NY to train with Schott, under the management of John and Beezie Madden, starting in mid-July after the conclusion of the summer shows at Spruce Meadows.
“In the end it was a hard decision,” said Schott. “All five of the semi-finalists exceeded my expectations. There wasn’t one I didn’t like, so really it was a great problem, choosing from five talented prospects. I am very excited to see how the two winners develop over the course of their three months with us.”
Schott will continue her blog for the Chronicle of the Horse over the duration of the three months. Updates will also be available on www.facebook.com/beeziemadden.
John Madden Sales, Inc. is owned and operated by John and Beezie Madden in Cazenovia, NY. The Madden’s train, sell and compete some of the world’s best equestrian athletes in the sport of Show Jumping. Accomplishments include two team Olympic Gold medals and an individual Bronze as well as World Equestrian Games individual silver. They have also trained and been instrumental in the development of many top riders and trainers competing today.
For information on Thoroughbred Placement Resources, Inc visit www.goodhorse.org. For information on Branscomb Farm visit www.branscombfarm.com.