By Paul D. Bowker | Sept. 25, 2015, 12:01 a.m. (ET)
Beezie Madden riding Simon competes in the individual jumping equestrian on the final day of the Masters tournament at Spruce Meadows on Sept. 8, 2013 in Calgary, Alberta.

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Two-time Olympic gold medalist Beezie Madden and 2008 gold medalist Laura Kraut are among five U.S. riders competing this week in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Jumping Final in Barcelona, Spain.

Madden, a three-time Olympian, and Cortes “C” led the U.S. team to a first-place finish earlier this season in the 100th Nations Cup of Germany and a second-place finish in the Grand Prix of Mannheim. Madden is ranked third in the world and she will ride anchor in the U.S. lineup.

Kraut, riding the Evita Group’s Nouvelle, was also a part of the medal-winning teams in the 100th Nations Cup of Germany and Grand Prix of Mannheim.

Joining Madden and Kraut on the team are Lucy Davis, Margie Engle and Lauren Hough, a 2000 Olympian.

“Our expectations are high and we certainly have our work cut out for us,” said Chef d’Equipe Robert Ridland. “The horses all arrived in good shape, we had a good practice session and everyone is ready.”

Davis, 22, is the youngest member of the squad and a Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games hopeful. She was on the 2014 team that won a bronze medal at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

The competition began Thursday with the preliminary rounds. Saturday’s final round will consist of the event’s top eight teams. The next 11 teams will compete Friday in the Longines Challenge Cup.


Paul D. Bowker is a freelance contributor to on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.