Thursday, March 11, 2010
Olympic Gold Medalist Beezie Madden Blogs About USEF Show Jumping Team Selection Trials for the 2010 Games--Part V
Wellington, FL--March 8, 2010--It's the morning after, and I have to say I'm relieved that it is over. I can say that because I am also excited about how well it went for me. Danny Boy really shined yesterday with a clear round to finish tied for third in the selection trial standings. He also had a fast clear in the jump off and finished second by just a tenth of a second to Cedric in the Grand Prix. I feel really good that he and I were able to pull off a good performance when we really needed one.
Although Mademoiselle finished with 8 faults, she was also very good. She handled all the scope tests very well again. Perhaps a little fatigue after all she has been through in the last month, caused one fault in the last line, and her other fault was at the second fence which did not cause much trouble all day. I think I was a little anxious and over-rode her there. She still finished 7th in the overall standings for the selection trials. It looks like I will be on two tours to Europe.
The first tour with Mademoiselle and the second with Danny Boy. None of the results become official, though, until this evening after all of the official committees have met and approved the recommendation of the selectors. I am optimistic at this time about the chances of the United States fielding a team for the WEG that could win the gold medal. If all the horses and riders can stay healthy, we have some strong combinations available. With McLain, Laura and Lauren already selected, I will probably be ranked 6th with Danny and 10th with Mademoiselle. So, for me to be a part of it, I will have to have some strong performances in Europe.
It's still a long time until the WEG and I look forward to the challenge. Whether I make the team or not, I will at least have been a contributor to the team at this point by being a part of the Super League teams and, at the very least, pushing the others to be their best. The first tour starts up May 13th. Both of my horses will have a couple of weeks without competing now. It is a well deserved rest. They will not have to peak again until their European tours. I'll be sure to keep you informed on how they are doing.