May 23, 2018
FEI World Cup Jumping
Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping finals Friday Paris 2018.Third placed Henrik von Eckermann SWE Riding Toveks Mary Lou (Photo Tony Parkes)
Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Finals Paris Friday 2018 First placed Elizabeth Madden on Breitling LS (Photo FEI/Liz Gregg)
Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Finals Paris Friday 2018 First placed Elizabeth Madden on Breitling LS (Photo FEI/Liz Gregg) (wearing sash and horse wearing cooler)
Beezie Madden Clinches Title In A Cliffhanger
By Louise Parkes
The FEI World Cup™ Finals were an exciting time for USA’s Beezie Madden, held April 10-15, 2018 in Paris.
She’s done it before and on Thursday, April 12, 2018 America’s Beezie Madden, one of just four lady riders in the field of 37 starters, galloped to victory in the opening speed competition at the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final 2018 in Paris (FRA).
The double Olympic gold medalist gave her 12-year-old stallion, Breitling LS, a spectacular ride, full of confidence, precision and determination to finish almost a second clear of runner-up Daniel Deusser (36) from Germany, who also knows what it’s like to hold this coveted World Cup trophy in his hands. The big surprise of the evening was the third-place finish for Madden’s compatriot, the relatively unknown Devin Ryan (36) who goes into Friday’s second test just three points off the lead.
Madden was happy with her result having mastered the balance between speed and risk over the clever 13-fence course set by Spain’s Santiago Varela better than all the rest.
Then on Sunday April 15, America’s Beezie Madden (54) held on to win the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping 2018 title in Paris (FRA), but she didn’t do it the easy way. In a cliffhanger of a second round, she faulted for the first time over three tough days of jumping, when last to go with the brilliant Breitling LS. And the crowd had to hold their breath until she crossed the line to a roar of approval, separated by just two penalty points from compatriot Devin Ryan (36) in second place.
The biggest surprise package of the week, the relatively unknown Ryan was relentlessly cool yet again as his apparently bomb-proof grey gelding, son of the great stallion Zirocco Blue, continued to make the super-tough courses designed by Spain’s Santiago Varela look fairly elementary.
The hard-luck story of the final afternoon was that of Sweden’s Henrik von Eckermann (37) who had to settle for third place for the second year in a row. In runner-up spot and carrying four faults as the afternoon began, he might have forced Madden into a jump-off, but for a mistake with Tovek’s Mary Lou in the closing moments. This evening he wasn’t forgiving himself for that. Madden knew she’d had tough competition.
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1. Beezie Madden (USA) 4 faults
2. Devin Ryan (USA) 6 faults
3. Henrik von Eckermann (SWE) 8 faults
Results from Thursday:
1. Breitling LS (Beezie Madden) USA 61.89
2. Cornet d’Amour (Daniel Deusser) GER 62.61
3. Eddie Blue (Devin Ryan) USA 62.84
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