Beezie Madden was crowned the new Rolex FEI World Cup jumping champion in Sweden on Sunday after a thrilling head-to-head with Steve Guerdat of Switzerland.
Beezie’s victory with the 14-year-old gelding Simon handed USA back-to-back wins, after Rich Fellers took the title in 2012 with Flexible.
“It’s always been a dream of mine to win the World Cup — I can’t believe I did it,” said Beezie.
Olympic champion Steve Guerdat and Nino Des Buissonnets took the runner-up spot for the second year in succession when hitting two fences in the jump-off.
“I was in the same position last year, which is maybe why I took too many risks,” said Steve.
Frenchman Kevin Staut (Silvana) took third spot on the podium, ahead of Sergio Alvarez Moya on the former Nick Skelton ride Carlo 273, with fifth place going to McLain Ward and Super Trooper De Ness, also produced in Britain, by Nicky Boulter.
Denis Lynch was the best-placed Irishman, taking 14th place with All Star 5.
Don’t miss next week’s Horse & Hound magazine (out Thursday 2 May) for full report, pictures and reactions from Gothenburg.