Top grand prix show jumper Darry Lou, ridden with enormous success by Beezie Madden, has been acquired by Jennifer Gates’ Evergates Stables in Wellington, Florida.
The 12-year-old KWPN stallion (Tangelo van de Zuuthoeve x Nabab de Reve) had previously been tried by Gates and was under contract until after the 2020 Olympics, but the postponement of the Games changed the timeline of the sale.
“It is with mixed emotions that John Madden Sales, Inc and Mrs. Abigail Wexner announce the sale of Darry Lou to Evergate Stables, LLC,” the Madden team announced in an April 2nd Facebook post. “While we will be sad to see him go, we are excited to see him join the team at Evergate Stables, LLC.” Beezie commented, “I have been very lucky to have had Darry Lou in my life and I will always cherish the incredible moments we had together. I can’t thank Abigail Wexner enough for making it all possible … I have no doubt Darry is going to an exceptional home and I wish Jennifer and Harrie [Smolders] the best of luck with him.”
“I am so grateful and excited to have Darry Lou join the Evergate Stables team. I have admired this wonderful horse and his partnership with Beezie, one of my biggest idols in equestrian sport, for a long time,” remarked Gates. “While we are saddened not to see Darry and Beezie at the Olympics this year, we are looking forward to getting to know him at home while the competition restrictions remain in place, and continuing to give him the love and care he deserves.”
Darry Lou and Madden racked up many wins over the years, including the $3 million CP International Grand Prix and the $133,700 Tourmaline Oil Cup at the 2019 Spruce Meadows Masters in Calgary, and the Nations Cup there in 2017, as well as other victories in Wellington, USA, and Monterrey, MEX.
Madden, 50, had planned to retire from competition following the Olympics; due to the schedule change to 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic, she will now put retirement on hold and aim for Tokyo with Garant, a nine-year-old KWPN gelding she has been partnered with since mid-2018.