US showjumper Beezie Madden is to undergo surgery for a broken collarbone, sustained in a fall with Breitling LS during the $100,000 Empire State Grand Prix at Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows on Sunday.
Both horse and rider fell on course at the open water obstacle. They were both quickly back on their feet and left the arena together after the elimination. Breitling was assessed immediately after the competition and was not injured.
Madden was later seen by a doctor who confirmed a broken collarbone. It was determined that the best and fastest choice for recovery for Madden will be to have surgery to repair the fracture.
Madden will undergo surgery on Tuesday morning at the Hospital For Special Surgery in New York City to repair the fractured bone and begin her recovery process. It is yet to be determined how long the recovery process will be, but Madden looks forward to getting back in the saddle as soon as possible.
“It’s unfortunate, but these things happen in this sport. I have a great string of horses with a hugely supportive team of owners, sponsors and co-workers behind me and have no doubt I will be back in the saddle soon,” Madden said.
Breitling is an eight-year-old stallion sired by Quintero, and owned by Abigail Wexner. He joined Madden in 2013, and together they won the Young Horse Final in Valkenswaard in August 2013.