What's next for Cazenovia equestrian Olympian?

She had to retire the horse who helped her win a medal in Rio

CAZENOVIA, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - The multiple-medal Olympian is back in Cazenovia after competing in last year’s summer games in Rio.

Beezie Madden brought home a silver for Team USA— not her first win, but the first for her horse, Cortes C.

Cortes C suffered a career-ending injury in Rio, and now he’s retiring.

“He's doing well.  He’s still mending so he's still in our show horse barn here until he's ready to go out in one of our fields with our retirement horses. He’s done so much for us now already and I think he's also going to like his life in retirement,” Madden said.

Now, Madden is riding one of her new horses, Darry Lou, as she sets her sights on the upcoming World Cups and the 2020 summer Olympics.

“I can communicate with him with my hand and my leg and my seat, and then he does what I ask, which is really important when you have a new horse. He’s a little fresh, he hasn't jumped in the field yet,” Madden said. 

Madden has multiple horses, but there’s a strategy to choosing which one will go to a competition.

“It's a lot of planning and scheduling not unlike a baseball team that has a bullpen of pitchers. You have to try to plan which horse is going to be good for each different venue. Some horses you want to peak a little early and then give them a break.  Others you want to just wait and peak at the right time. So it's a lot of strategy and a lot of planning,” she said.

Madden and her husband now plan to open a place in Cazenovia for retired race horses to live out their lives after competing.

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