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Injury to horse forces Cazenovia's Beezie Madden to sit out Olympic event

Madden's horse, Cortes C, suffered a tendon injury while competing Tuesday in Rio, adding to what was already a tough day of competition for the duo.

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil -- Cazenovia's Beezie Madden will have to sit out of Wednesday's Olympic show jumping competition after her horse suffered an injury Tuesday.

Madden's horse, Cortes C, suffered a tendon injury while competing Tuesday in Rio, adding to what was already a tough day of competition for the duo.

Madden and Cortes C had eight faults; a rail on a fence down, and a touch on the water jump. Combined with the four faults from Sunday's qualifier, the 12 faults had eliminated her from individual medal competition. Now the injury forces Madden to sit out Wednesday's team show jumping competition as well.

The good news, according to a statement by Beezie and John Madden on their Facebook page, is Cortes C is expected to make a full recovery.

We are heartbroken to announce that Cortes C sustained a tendon injury in yesterday's competition and will be unable to compete for Team USA today. We are confident he will be able to make a full recovery.

While we had hoped to do everything we could to help the USA towards a medal today, Tiny's best interests must come first. We are so thankful to our teammates, sponsors and most importantly, his owner, Abigail Wexner, for understanding that in this sport, sometimes winning means doing right by your best friend. We will be there today on the sidelines doing everything we can to support Kent, Lucy and McLain.


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