John and Beezie Madden of John Madden Sales have purchased a graduate of the U.S. Eventing Association Young Event Horse program as a jumper prospect.
On March 15, the Maddens bought Artesian, who won the 4-year-old division of the West Coast finals of the 2009 USEA Young Event Horse series with Robyn Fisher riding, and won the 5-year-old division of the East Coast finals of the series in 2010 with Will Coleman riding.
Artesian, 6, is by the stallion Judgement, who Beezie campaigned at the international grand prix level for many years before his retirement in 2009.
“When we tried him, we loved him. He’s got a really good hind end and he’s scopey,” said John. “I saw a little bit of Judgement in him, but we just buy individuals. It’s a nice coincidence that he’s by Judgement, but he wouldn’t have had to have been by Judgement for us to buy him.”
Artesian (Judgement—Shannondoah, Farmer) was bred by Natalie Bryant and Willy Arts of DG Bar Ranch. Fisher bought him in November 2008 and brought him along to the novice level in 2009, including their West Coast 4-year-old YEH win.
Plain Dealing Farm of Scottsville, Va., bought the bay gelding in early 2010, and Lucia Strini rode him at training level until Coleman took over the ride in September 2010. Coleman rode him in three training-level events and won the East Coast 5-year-old YEH Finals on him.
Coleman brought Artesian to the Maddens’ attention. They plan to change his name to Counselor.