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John Madden

November 14, 2011

Team Spirit And Good Materials Bring Results

Our columnist believes the medals the U.S. team earned in Mexico had a lot to do with a new feeling of unity.

My wife Beezie Madden and I have just returned from Guadalajara, and as I reflect back on the week at the Pan American Games, I think I am most pleased with our team spirit. Team spirit is such an intangible thing and hard to create or define, but I think the net effect shows clearly in our team’s results.

June 9, 2011

Shopping For The International Jumper Prospect

Our columnist explains how he goes about the process of picking out the next international show jumping champion.

Selecting a young horse as a prospective international jumper is a topic that I never tire of talking about, learning about or doing.

November 4, 2010

What Would It Have Been Like To Ride The Top Four Horses?

John Madden describes what each rider had to think about before getting a leg up onto the others’ horses.

September 2, 2010

The Meydan FEI Nations Cup Series Makes Us Better

The author believes that success in these competitions is integral to the entire U.S. horse industry.

At the time of writing, the United States has just earned second place in the Meydan FEI Nations Cup series, also known as the Super League.

Each of these eight shows ranks among the best in part because they have maintained their character. Each is a bit different, each a reflection of their national identity, and each truly excellent.

June 17, 2010

It’s Time To Objectively Measure Our Shows

Our columnist hopes to help improve, rank and rate competitions from grassroots to international.

In 2008, I was asked by the Fédération Equestre Internationale Jumping Committee to lead a working group to limit the number and improve the quality of the FEI World Cup qualifiers in North America.

At the start, we were instructed to decrease the number of qualifiers in North America, which we considered a huge challenge. How does one decide which events stay and which ones go?

April 30, 2010

The Winter Circuits Are Our Spring Training Camps

Our columnist sees the Winter Equestrian Festival, in particular, as the future springboard to top international championships.

Wow! I just finished watching the first round of the Rolex FEI World Cup Show Jumping Finals on my computer on FEI TV, and the quality and convenience of the live stream was fantastic.

January 22, 2010

We’re Working Hard To Fill A Void In Our System

Our columnist spent a week with George Morris helping to educate young riders and sees the future top tier strengthening.

I was honored to spend a week being part of the fourth annual George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session in Wellington, Fla., Jan. 5-10. I’m extremely proud of what George’s idea has grown into in the past few years, and I feel it fills a void in our country that we’ve ignored for many years and perhaps even fostered.

December 18, 2009

Make Your Own Informed Opinion Of The FEI’s Progressive List

Our columnist asks Dr. Tim Ober to provide more background about what this contentious change could mean for our horses.

It seems to me that our primary concern as horsemen must be the horse.

Dismay is the only word that comes to mind when I witness many of the goings on in our sport. The politicizing by many factions in the process of the Fédération Equestre Internationale’s recent adoption of the Progressive List of therapeutic drugs, to say the least, makes me incredibly sad. Honest, informed disagreement is fine and even important.

October 23, 2009

It's Time To Bridge The Chasm Between National And International

Our columnist believes successful national riders could find the path to international acclaim more attainable with mentorship.

July 17, 2009

We Must Break The Vicious Cycle Of Sameness

In the second of a two-part series, our columnist explores the importance of proper course design and how it relates to educating riders and horses.

Smart competitors understand the course designer’s job and their tools of the trade in order to be competitive in the ring, as I discussed in “What Makes A Good Course Design,” part I of this two-part column.

With this idea in mind, there are also certain expectations and responsibilities on the part of the competitor to the course designer.

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