In every athlete’s career, there are certain moments that require the use of every tool in your toolbox. For the 177 riders in the 2017 ASPCA Maclay National Championship, that moment was this week at the 134th annual National Horse Show, where two days and multiple rounds of intensive flat and over-fences competition culminated with the crowning of this year’s winner: 17-year-old Madison Goetzmann of Skaneateles, New York, aboard Elizabeth Benson’s San Remo VDL, trained by Stacia Madden of Beacon Hill Show Stables.

Ending your junior career with the nation’s most historic equitation title is no small thing, but for Goetzmann, the week also started with a bang: a win in the first round of the USEF Under 25 National Championship on Thursday afternoon with Prestigious, her 10-year-old Westphalian gelding. (The two would eventually finish second overall behind Jennifer Gates & Alex.)

Though she may be all seamlessness and poise in the equitation ring, Madison clearly took a page out of longtime coach Beezie Madden’s playbook in round one, nailing a breathtaking leaper over the course’s final oxer:

Beezie Madden and Madison Goetzmann for the win!

Going for the win! Who jumped it better? Trainer Beezie Madden / John Madden Sales, Inc in 2014 with Cortes 'C' or her student Madison Goetzmann & Prestigous yesterday to win the first leg of the $100,000 US Equestrian U25 Show Jumping National Championship ??? 🤔 Tune in today at 6:45 p.m. ET to see if they can hold their lead!Bookmark to watch: https://www.usef.org/network/coverage/U25Final17/

Posted by USEF Network on Friday, November 3, 2017

 

How about that for nerve?

Whether keeping her cool in equitation ring or going for broke in the jumpers, it’s clear that Goetzmann’s talent and training team have helped her reach the next level in her riding, and her highlight-filled career is just getting started. From coping with pressure to keeping her eye on the big picture, here are five lessons Goetzmann has learned from John and Beezie Madden.

1. Hone your focus to control the pressure. 

“I think the jumpers have helped me learn to deal with the pressure. I was anxious last night being second for both the Maclay and U25, but Beezie [Madden] has helped me a lot. She has been an anchor rider for many teams and she’s really helped me learn how to slow things down and stay focused.”

2.  Getting used to big tracks? It just takes time.

“I feel like it’s almost the same for everyone—it’s a gradual change and everyone has to get used to it. As you get more in tune with your horse, the bigger classes and the change becomes unnoticeable.”

3. Be a horseman, not just a rider. 

“Beezie’s a very humble person. She is very respectful and has a very good reputation throughout the show world. She emphasizes being a respectful horseman and treating your horses right.”

“Horses come first. It’s easy for riders to get caught up in the money, results, and the fame…[But] they’re not machines, and you have to treat them with respect.”

4. Smoothness isn’t just for the eq ring. 

“John and Beezie emphasize as a team that smoothness is everything. When you’re in the show ring, it’s easy to get caught up in things, but it’s important to stay with your horse and be cool and collected.”

5. Put your bad days in the rearview. 

“When Beezie has a bad round, she comes out with the same confidence as with a big win—tomorrow’s a new day. John actually has a saying: ‘Today’s news wraps tomorrow’s fish’.”

-Photo credit: Taylor Renner/Phelps Media Group.