Think outside the box on this one, like way up and over. Elizabeth “Beezie” Madden is an athlete and has been one for years, but she never competes alone. She always has her steed at her side.
Beezie grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and began riding horses. Her family at one time had a horse farm; the fascination seems to have rubbed off. You could say it was in her genes.
This girl could really ride. She started making her mark on the sport of show jumping in 2004 when she made the list for top three in the world in show jumping and won a gold medal with the rest of the U.S. team in the show jumping event at Athens.
Her career took a giant leap from there. She became the first woman to have her show jump earning surpass a million dollars. She won the FEI World Cup Finals Champion in Gothenburg and the King George Gold Cup at Hickstead.
According to Teamusa.org, Beezie has won 14 medals over the course of her career —four from the Olympics, seven from the World Championship, and three from the Pan American Games.
Her record is expansive just like her jumps. Luckily for her faithful steeds, when they finally land their last jump, they get to go out to the pasture in Beezie’s New York farm and retire.
As for Beezie, it’s harder to say. Retirement may not be the right box for her just yet.
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“She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.” Proverbs 31:25