Taylor Madden Tops Talent Search at WEF 1

Taylor Madden, winner of the Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search 2*, on Mac One III. Photo © Sportfot

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Standing out in the equitation ring on Friday at WEF 1, Taylor Madden won the Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search 2*. Thirty-four riders showed off in the two-phase class that tested each pair over fences and on the flat.  

Twelve riders were called back for the flat test, and Madden, of Wellington FL, aboard Mac One III, a 2009 Anglo European gelding (Luidam Elite x Lagos), end at the top of the list.

“It felt good; this was his first time showing since Maclay Finals, so we were both a little rusty,” said Madden, 20. “The flat class went well. I would say that is a strong suit for both of us. He can really show off in the extended work and I’ve known him for a really long time so that’s very helpful.”

Speaking to her personal riding goals for this year, Madden noted, “This year I would like to qualify for the young rider championships with my jumper and do more FEI competitions. I’m trying to get my USEF gold medal, and this was my nineteenth win, so I just need one more and I’m there.”

When Madden isn’t in Wellington showing, she is back and forth between Dallas and Florida, racking up some air miles. “I go to Southern Methodist University and I’m a junior,” she said. “I actually have to go back tomorrow to be in class and I’m on the equestrian team there, so I ride there and then come back here on the weekends to ride here.

“It’s a little bit challenging to balance school and riding, but I love it. With all the flying back and forth I’ve gotten really good at packing,” concluded Madden with a smile.

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