DEVON, Pa.--Olympic medalists Norman Dello Joio, individual bronze in Barcelona, and Authentic, Beezie Madden's mount for their team gold medals in Athens and Hong Kong, were two of the four inducted in the Show Jumping Hall of Fame during the Hall of Fame's annual induction ceremony at the Devon Horse Show on Thursday, May 31 before the Grand Prix.
The late Hunter Harrison, a devoted sponsor, owner and supporter of U.S. show jumping and puissance record-holder Sympatico were also officially indicted into the Hall at Devon.
Peter Doubleday, Chairman of the Board of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc., formally inducted the four new members into the Show Jumping Hall of Fame as each was presented with a beautiful, specially inscribed Tiffany crystal bowl.
Three of the four inductees had entries warming up for the Grand Prix while the awards were being given out.
Dello Joio accepted his award as his son, Nick, was warming up in the schooling area as he was riding second in the grand prix.
John Madden accepted on behalf of "Authentic" as Beezie was warming up in the schooling area, getting ready to ride fifth in the grand prix.
Accepting the award on behalf of Harrison was his wife, Jeannie; and his daughter, Cayce as Quentin Judge, Cayce's husband, was warming up in the schooling area as he was riding first in the grand prix.
Accepting the award on behalf of "Sympatico" was Sally Edelman Slater, Sympatico's original rider, and her brother, Sam Edelman, who with Sally, owned the horse.
DELLO JOIO, competing for three-decades, won virtually every major Grand Prix in the U.S., but he is best known for two international titles, the 1983 FEI World Cup Final in Vienna, Austria, which he won on the French stallion I Love You, and the Olympic individual bronze medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games which he won riding Irish.
Nicknamed "Stormin' Norman" for his aggressive riding style, Dello Joio started winning on the U.S. Grand Prix circuit in the 1970s, and his wins included the Grand Prix of Devon, two years in succession, the President's Cup, USGPL Invitational and the American Invitational, which he first won on Allegro in 1978 and then added a second Invitational win in 2004 on Glasgow.
He established an American Grandprix Association record when he rode Judy Richter's Johnny's Pocket to five wins in 1981.
In 2000, Dello Joio rode Glasgow to three victories in his first four starts at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington and then placed second in the International Grand Prix at the Spruce Meadows Masters before winning the President's Cup for a second time.
In 1979, he finished third in the first FEI World Cup Final ever held and rode Allegro as part of the United States' Gold Medal team at the Pan American Games in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
In 1980, he was named to the U.S. Olympic Team, although the U.S. boycott denied him the chance to compete.
When he finished second in the 1984 World Cup Final, it marked his third top-three finish in the Final's first six years.
Dello Joio on Glasgow won the King George V Gold Cup at Hickstead, England in 2001, the same year he placed third in the Kerrygold Classic at CSIO Dublin in Ireland.
The following year he won the World Cup Grand Prix at Spruce Meadows and Oslo, Norway.
Dello Joio also served as chef d'equipe for U.S. Nations' Cup teams and for the Mexican teams at the 2008 Olympics and 2010 World Equestrian Games.
Dello Joio and his wife, Jeannie, have a daughter, Daniela, and a son, Nicholas, who has followed in his father's footsteps as a successful Grand Prix rider.
AUTHENTIC, a bay Dutch Warmblood gelding, was ridden by Beezie Madden to one of the most successful careers in U.S. show jumping history.
Their long list of accomplishments includes three Olympic medals, team gold at both the 2004 Games in Athens and 2008 Games in Hong Kong and also the individual bronze in Hong Kong, plus double silver medals at the 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Aachen.
Authentic was purchased by John and Beezie Madden together with Elizabeth Busch Burke as a 6-year-old in 2000, and it was because of the connection with Budweiser that he got his nickname "Bud".
To help keep him as Beezie's ride for Athens, shares were later sold to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Patton, Beezie's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Steffen Wolff, Mr. and Mrs. Jeremy Jacobs, and Chandi Duke Heffner.
After Athens, Abigail Wexner purchased him, ensuring that one of the world's top combinations would stay together.
Authentic's many Grand Prix wins with Madden included the Mercedes German Masters and Audi Grand Prix of Maastricht in 2003, Grand Prix of the United States in2004, New Albany Classic, 2005, Budweiser American Invitational in both 2005 and 2007, Queen Elizabeth II Cup, 2006, Rolex Grand Prix of Aachen ,2007, and CN Worldwide Grand Prix in Wellington, 2008.
Other highlights included second place in the $200,000 Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Spruce Meadows in 2009, second place at the Budweiser American Invitational, 2004, and third place in the Hachenburg Grand Prix in Germany, 2004.
In 2004, Authentic and Madden helped the U.S. to second place finishes in the Nations Cups at Aachen, Germany, and Spruce Meadows, Canada and in 2005, they helped the U.S. win the Nations Cup at Aachen and its first-ever Super League Nations Cup competition.
Authentic was named the USEF Show Jumping Horse of the Year in 2005 and again in 2006 when he was also the overall USEF Horse of the Year and Madden was honored as the USEF Equestrian of the Year.
At the 2006 World Equestrian Games, Authentic was perfect, winning the opening speed class, turning in the U.S.'s only double clear in the Nations Cup and then going clean with all four riders in the individual final. Authentic then carried Madden to their second team Gold together at the 2008 Olympics and won an exciting seven-horse jump-off for the individual Bronze medal.
Authentic was formally retired from competition in 2009 in a ceremony at the New Albany Classic and he is now happily retired at the Maddens' farm in Cazenovia, N.Y.
HARRISON was a prominent and influential figure in the world of international show jumping who was extraordinarily dedicated to the sport as a sponsor, owner, business advisor and avid supporter for many years.
Harrison supported some of the sport's top riders and his Double H Farm has owned and produced some of the best horses in the sport.
One of the most highly regarded executives in railway history, Harrison brought support of companies he led to the sport as some of show jumping's most important sponsors.
Under his leadership, railway giants CN and CP provided support to major events like the Spruce Meadows Masters, National Horse Show, World Cup Finals, North American Junior and Young Riders Champion-ships, Winter Equestrian Festival and Palm Beach Masters.
Harrison also provided personal support and gave of his time to help lead many events including the National Horse Show, which he served as Chairman of the Board, Spruce Meadows Masters, American Gold Cup, Global Champions Tour and Winter Equestrian Festival.
Harrison also played a major role as a horse owner and supporter of top riders.
In addition to his daughter Cayce, who won the individual Gold medal at the North American Junior and Young Riders Championships in 2002, he supported McLain Ward, who won Olympic gold and silver medals and the 2017 FEI World Cup™ Finals with HH horses, international stars Rodrigo Pessoa of Brazil and Daniel Duesser of Germany and Cayce's husband, Quentin Judge, who has also achieved international success for the U.S.
Some of Double H's top horses include the chestnut mare Sapphire who won Olympic team gold medals with McLain Ward at the 2004 Athens and 2008 Hong Kong Olympics Games, and HH Azur, with whom Ward won team silver at the 2016 Rio Olympics as well as winning the 2017 FEI World Cup Final in Omaha.
Other top Double H horses shown successfully by Ward include HH Carlos Z, HH Callas, HH Ashley and HH Gigi's Girl.
HH horses also carried Pessoa to success including HH Rebozo, which he rode in the 2012 Olympics and 2010 World Equestrian Games, and HH Rufus, which he rode in the 2008 Olympics and 2007 Pan American Games where he won team Gold and individual Silver medals.
Judge's HH horses have included HH Dark de la Hart, who helped the US win the Nations Cup in Bratislava, Slovakia in 2013, HH Copin van de Broy, HH Conrad, HH Early, HH Quatour, HH Venice Beach, and HH Whiskey Royale.
SYMPATICO, a veteran of the 1976 Olympics and 1978 World Championships, is best known for his show record in the Puissance.
Sired by The Hammer out of a Black Gang mare, Sympatico was in training as a timber horse when purchased as a 3-year-old by the Edelmans' Alligator Farms in Connecticut out of a field in Upperville, Va.
Sally Edelman showed the 17.1h, bay, Thoroughbred gelding sparingly as an equitation horse and junior hunter before starting the 6-year-old on the A circuit as a junior jumper in 1971 while riding out of Carl Knee's Rock Bottom Farm.
She went on to show him in the Preliminary and Intermediate Jumper divisions where he quickly won enough that he was qualified to move up to the Open Jumpers, while, through that entire time, Sally was the only one to ride and show him, and she also showed him in the Amateur Jumper division with great success.
Sympatico moved up to the open division with Anthony D'Ambrosio in 1972, and they placed second in the Cleveland Grand Prix, fourth in the Grand Prix of Los Angeles, a win in the Orange Coast Grand Prix in California, and four wins at the National Horse Show in Madison Square Garden.
His record setting career as a Puissance horse began in 1973 when he won the Puissance at the National Horse Show with a height of 7'4", and the next year he won the Puissance at the Washington International Horse Show at 7'1" and the Grand Prix at Hamilton, Ontario, while placing second in the American Show Jumping Championships and Grand Prix of Toronto and third in the American Gold Cup.
In 1975, he was sold to Samson Farms of Canada and competed as a team horse for Canada.
In 1976, Canadian Jim Day rode him to Grand Prix wins at Aurora ,Ontario and Toronto, and he won three classes at the Royal Winter Fair including the Puissance, in which he cleared 7'2".
His 1976 season was highlighted by his selection to the Canadian team for the Montreal Olympics where he led the team to a fifth-place finish.
At the end of 1977, he was purchased by Canadian rider Terry Leibel who teamed with him to win the Grand Prix of Florida in their first start together and also the Grand Prix of Rotterdam during 1978, a year that saw them help Canada to a fourth place finish in the World Championships at Aachen.
INDUCTION into the Show Jumping Hall of Fame is an honor bestowed annually upon select individuals whose contributions to the sport have set them apart and whose influence has had a significant impact on the sport of show jumping and the equestrian community. It is because of their talents, efforts, accomplishments, and what they have brought to the sport, that the Election Committee, comprising some of the nation's top riders, trainers and officials, voted Dello Joio, Harrison, Authentic, and Sympatico as the Hall of Fame's newest inductees.
Since 1987, the Show Jumping Hall of Fame has inducted William C. Steinkraus, Bertalan de Nemethy, Idle Dice (1987); Patrick Butler, August A. Busch, Jr. (1988); David Kelley, Jimmy Williams, Ben O'Meara, Frances Rowe (1989); Arthur McCashin, Kathy Kusner, Brigadier General Harry D. Chamberlin, San Lucas (1990); Adolph Mogavero, Whitney Stone, Morton "Cappy" Smith, Pat Dixon (1991); Eleonora "Eleo" Sears, Mary Mairs Chapot, Barbara Worth Oakford, Snowman (1992); Dr. Robert C. Rost, Joe Green (1993); Frank Chapot, Gordon Wright (1994); Mickey Walsh, Trail Guide (1995); Pamela Carruthers, Jet Run, Richard "Dick" Donnelly and Heatherbloom (1996); Edward "Ned" King, Bobby Egan and Sun Beau (1997); Fred "Freddy" Wettach, Jr., Melanie Smith Taylor, Johnny Bell (1998); Rodney Jenkins, Sinjon, Franklin F. "Fuddy" Wing, Jr. and Democrat (1999); George Morris, Carol Durand, Touch of Class (2000); Eugene R. Mische, Lt. Colonel John W. Russell, Bobby Burke, Untouchable (2001); Harry R. Gill, Clarence L. "Honey" Craven, Calypso, Gem Twist (2002); J. Russell Stewart, Sr., Main Spring (2003); Snowbound (2004); Michael Matz, For The Moment (2005); Conrad Homfeld (2006); Joe Fargis, Karen Golding, Marcia "Mousie" Williams (2007); Dr. John Steele, Abdullah, Miss Budweiser, Riviera Wonder (2008); Neal Shapiro, Balbuco (2009); John D. Ammerman, Leonard A. King, Jr., Good Twist (2010); Jane Forbes Clark, Gabor Nicholas Foltenyi, Hap Hansen, Larry Langer (2011); Starman, Nautical, D. Gerald Baker, Charles "Sonny" Brooks (2012); Daniel Marks, VMD, Seamus Brady, Steve Stephens (2013); and F. Eugene Fitz Dixon, Jr., Major General Guy Henry and I Love You (2014); Elizabeth Busch Burke, Katie Monahan Prudent and Susan Hutchison (2015); and Anne Kursinski, Fran Steinwedell, Walter Devereux and The Natural (2016).
The Show Jumping Hall of Fame is located at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky., where plaques honoring those who have been honored with induction into the Hall of Fame can be seen at the Horse Park's Rolex Stadium.
Mementos and artifacts from the sport's history are on display as part of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame collection at the United States Hunter Jumper Association's Wheeler Museum at the Horse Park.