Wellington, Fla. – April 6, 2017 – John and Beezie Madden have announced the retirement of Cortes ‘C’ from competition.
In a statement, John announced the retirement of Cortes ‘C’ on behalf of owner Abigail Wexner, “We are thankful to his team of veterinarians who have helped him heal following his injury at the 2016 Olympic Games. Tiny will return from his winter home at Authentic Stables in Wellington to our home base in Cazenovia this spring where he will enjoy his retirement.”
The 2002 Belgian Warmblood gelding by Randel Z out of Orchidee Van De Tombeele, ironically known as “Tiny” in the barn because of his huge build, joined the John Madden Sales team in 2011. With his signature, unique jumping style, Tiny’s won over legions of fans.
“We have been blessed to have Tiny in our family and as a part of Team JMS. Our back-to-back wins together in the King George Cup as well as his “Best Horse of the Games” (team and individual bronze medal) title in the 2014 World Equestrian Games will remain some of my best memories. I will always be grateful for the time we’ve had together in the sport and am now extremely grateful for the time we will have together in his retirement,” said Beezie.
Career-winning highlights include the 2014 Longines King George V Gold Cup. At the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, Cortes ‘C’ was ridden in the “Final Four” competition, jumping four clear rounds and earning the “Best Horse” title as well as the bronze medal.
Cortes ‘C’ helped Team USA towards a silver medal in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio before an injury sidelined him prior to the team final.