Anytime Beezie Madden wins with a new horse it is inevitable that heads will turn with interest. The newest attention-getter earning his place in Madden’s star-studded stable row is Coach, an 8-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Con Air x Corofino I) owned by Abigail Wexner.
It’s fitting that the horse bred in The Netherlands picked up his first, career FEI win, as well as his first CSI5* win, in Holland at CHIO Rotterdam on Saturday, June 25th.
Madden tacked up Coach for the €7,000 O’Seven Prirjs CHIO5*, a two-phase competition that saw ten other clear rounds. Madden sealed the win with a second-phase time of 30.19 seconds over Great Britain’s Jessica Mendoza and Ramiro de Belle Vue in 31.16 seconds.
“I love him. He’s big and careful and scopey and huge strides, so it makes him pretty easy to ride,” Madden commented. Despite the antics of the other horses behind him, Coach stood quietly for his rider during the prizegiving, and cantered past the crowd as Madden gave a one handed salute to the judges.
“He actually has a lot of blood for a big horse but he goes very nicely. He’s fresh but he’s not nasty fresh, he just sort of playful,” Madden added.
“We got him last summer when he was seven. So he’s new to the internationl level, and before we had him, he was showing locally, right around Johan Heins’ stables in Holland, and was owned by Marcel De Boer.”
Madden jumped Coach in a few classes over the winter season in Wellington, Florida, and just recently stepped him up to the CSI5* level at Sopot CSIO5* in Poland, two weeks ago.
“He’s 8, so just to get him experience. He’s done some 1.50m classes but by the end I’d like to have him going steady and maybe be going in some smaller level, two-star grand prix classes and just get him in a lot of places,” Madden described. “I hope to take him to Aachen to do the 8-Year-Old Division there so he gets that experience.”
Madden has high hopes for Coach, who bears an uncanny resemblance to another, tall and leggy bay gelding in her barn. With any luck, Coach will continue to develop into a winning international mount, and with Madden in the irons and his stablemate and 2014 World Cup Finals Champion Simon a few stalls away, he’s in good company to say the least.