SpectraVET Performance of the Week: USEF International Horse of the Year, Simon
When the USEF handed out its year-end awards last weekend, it came has no surprise that this show jumping phenom took top honors.
Top photo: Simon (Kit Houghton/FEI) via a USEF press release
Piloted by Beezie Madden, who was named USEF Equestrian of the Year for the third time, Simon had a dynamite 2013, with top finishes in both national and international competition. The pair’s biggest win came in April at the Rolex/FEI World Cup Final in Gothenburg, Sweden.
The World Cup week’s action boiled down to a heart-pounding jump-off on Sunday between London Olympic gold medalist Steve Guerdat on Nino des Buissonnets (Switzerland) and Beezie Madden on Simon (USA). Steve’s pedal-to-the-metal, turn-and-burn round resulted in two costly rails; Beezie took a more conservative approach and kept all the rails up for the win.
The jump-off between Guerdat and Madden was, by far, one of my favorite moments of equestrian competition in 2013. You can feel the tension in the air!
Want more Beezie/Simon? Here’s a video about their 2013 accomplishments that the USEF presented at its Year End Awards Gala (you can also watch an interview with Beezie about Simon here):
Go Beezie and Simon!
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