In a contest designed to highlight and uncover talented young horses in the United States, John and Beezie Madden and their assistant rider Callie Schott have selected two horses to train with them for three months.
Constant Star, a Maryland-bred Thoroughbred, and Welcome BF, a California-bred Holsteiner, were chosen from 140 entries. After narrowing the field to five finalists, Schott traveled around the country trying each horse.
Constant Star (Fantasticat—Risentothestars) resides at Cornerstone Farm in Harwood, Md., with trainer David Loman. The 5-year-old mare is owned by Kimberly Clark of Thoroughbred Placement Resources, Inc., and she was raced four times before being retired from the track.
After riding the small mare, in a blog for the Chronicle Schott compared Constant Star to Beezie’s Pan American Games mount Coral Reef Via Volo. “Both are small mares, but they are aggressive to the jumps, in a good way. Constant Star was rideable, but you could feel her want to get to the fence,” she said.
Welcome BF (Cassini II—Reika) will join Constant Star at the Madden farm in Cazenovia, New York. The 6-year-old mare, bred and owned by Branscomb Farm in California, has similar breeding to one of Beezie’s top mounts Mademoiselle.
After Schott’s trial ride, she described Welcome BF as correct and almost ready for the 6-year-old jumper class.
“Welcome had plenty of scope over the fences and felt powerful off the ground, giving a good jump,” she said in her Chronicle blog.
“You just never know where your next Olympic horse will come from,” Beezie said. “John and I believe in the greatness of the American Thoroughbred and the breeders here in North America, which is why we launched this contest. Our winners came from opposite coasts, very different bloodlines and programs, but for a rider looking for talent, I think it shows there is a variety available here without a trip overseas.”
Both horses will travel to Cazenovia to train with Schott, under the management of John and Beezie, starting in mid-July.