Madeline Backus

Madeline Backus

Advisory Board Member

Madeline started learning how to ride when she was eighteen months old, and competed at her first horse trials at the age of 7. She learned all of her basics at her mom’s Pendragon Stud Equestrian Center in Larkspur, Colorado. At 19, she became a working student for the Ranshousen’s in Pennsylvania. Madeline travels between Florida and Pennsylvania to train and compete. She has also been in Pony Club since she was just four years old, and achieved her Pony Club A certification in 2015.

Madeline has competed through CCI*** level with P.S. Arianna, a horse that has been has been with her for over 10 years. Madeline and P.S. Arianna have grown up together, and will be competing at their first Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event this year. Madeline has competed many other horses in Eventing and Dressage, and holds her USDF Bronze medal. She was listed to the 2016 and 2017 Eventing 25 Emerging Athlete lists, and continues to follow her passion and reach her goals of competing at the most prestigious competitions in the country, with hopes of competing worldwide.

February 5th


Current Residence:
Larkspur, CO but in February and March I head to Florida to train and compete

Home Town:
Larkspur, CO

Top Accomplishments:

  • 2008
    • Training level Reserve Champion at the American Eventing Championships on P.S. American Girl
  • 2013
    • Training Level Champion at the American Eventing Championships on P.S. King of Hearts
    • USDF Bronze Medal
  • 2015
    • 10th at Red Hill CIC 2* on P.S. Arianna
    • 10th at Richland CIC 2* on P.S. Arianna
  • 2016
    • Named to the Eventing 25 Emerging athlete list
    • USEA Young Adult Rider of the year
    • Team Gold and 8th Individually at the North American Young Rider Championships
    • 13th at Jersey Fresh International CCI 3*
  • 2017
    • Named to the 2017 Eventing 25 Emerging Athlete list
    • 4th at Red Hills CIC3*

Favorite Draper Therapies Product:
Recovery Wraps and Turnout Blanket

Role Model:
Laura Backus (my mom), and Missy Ransehousen

Goal in Life:
To do what I love, and reach my dreams and goals.