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Callie Schott, who works for John and Beezie Madden at their John Madden Sales in Cazenovia, N.Y., is letting Chronicle readers have a behind-the-scenes look at the Breeder's Bridge to High Performance contest

Welcome BF and Constant Star have been with us at John Madden Sales now for almost two months. I have been having a blast seeing both of them develop over this time.

Callie Schott, who works for John and Beezie Madden at their John Madden Sales in Cazenovia, N.Y., is letting Chronicle readers have a behind-the-scenes look at the Breeder's Bridge to High Performance contest

Callie Schott, who works for John and Beezie Madden at their John Madden Sales in Cazenovia, N.Y., is letting Chronicle readers have a behind-the-scenes look at the Breeder's Bridge to High Performance contest

After a full day of riding at John Madden Sales, I found myself on an evening flight out of Syracuse headed to California to try one of the last finalists in the Breeder's Bridge to High Performance contest. The plan was to arrive late Sunday evening to try Welcome BF at Branscomb Farm early Monday morning, then hop a flight back Monday afternoon, so I could be ready to ride at home on Tuesday.

It was a good plan in theory, until a delayed flight messed with my plans.

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In the beginning of May, I headed out to try three of our semi-finalists for the John Madden Sales Breeder’s Bridge to Performance contest. I was on my own trying these three, as John Madden was tied up in Fédération Equestre Internationale meetings in Lausanne, Switzerland, and Beezie Madden had to hold down the fort at home in Cazenovia, N.Y., riding all the horses.

I first want to thank everyone who took the time to enter their horses in the Breeder’s Bridge To High Performance Contest. We received many great entries, and the response to this contest is wonderful and encouraging. Many have asked what we saw in the five finalists to choose them specifically out of the very talented group. I thought it would be helpful to give some insight into that process.

We are closing in on the last few weeks before the entry deadline for the John Madden Sales Breeder’s Bridge contest. The entries we have received have been a steady flow of quality animals, and I will be looking to John and Beezie Madden to help guide the choice in semi-finalists, trusting their eye for excellence.

Young grand prix rider Callie Schott, who works with John and Beezie Madden, is giving Chronicle readers a sneak peek into the daily life of a top jumper barn in her blogs.

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