Top horse Simon (Mr. Blue x Polydox), who was previously very successful under Jeroen Dubbeldam (NED) and then Beezie Madden (USA), has passed away. The KWPN gelding enjoyed his well-earned retirement from 2017 and was euthanised on Monday. Simon was 22 years old. Bred by M.J. Vermeulen from Altforst, Simon began his successful career under Jeroen Dubbeldam. The duo made their debut in 2009 and immediately won the GP of Eindhoven. Many victories and high rankings followed. Among them was third place in the 2011 world cup final in Leipizig. At the European championships in Madrid that same year, the pair came sixth and fourth with the team. At that time Simon was Dubbeldam’s top horse and his hope for the Olympic Games in London 2012.
It did not come to that, as Simon was sold in 2011 to Abigail Wexner, Beezie Madden’s sponsor. Simon’s long list of achievements includes four world cup finals appearances, which he won in 2013. In addition, Simon jumped to victory at several major competitions, including the world cup leg at Delmar and the $1 million GP of Saugerties, in which he was the only one to stay clear. Simon was named Horse of the Year by the USEF in 2014. In late 2017, he retired from sport and has been on Madden Mountain’s pastures ever since.
Photo: Madden Beezie and Simonduring during the 2013 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Jumping Final in Barcelona.
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