Frank Madden stands out as one of the most successful and dedicated trainers of young and developing show jumping talent in the United States. He has trained several of the most promising junior equitation and junior amateur jumper riders who have the potential to represent the United States at the highest levels of international competition.
Madden and several of his top riders were featured in the Animal Planet television series "Horse Power: The Road to the Maclay." Animal Planet filmed as Madden's student Brianne Goutal made history as the first junior rider to win all the major equitation finals. Goutal won the USEF Medal Finals, ASPCA Maclay Finals, USEF Talent Search Finals, Capital Challenge Equitation Final, and the Washington International Equitation Final.
In 2011, Frank Madden joined Old Salem Farm in North Salem, NY. Under Madden and Stella Manship's training, riders at Old Salem have earned numerous awards. Their students have been top finishers at many prestigious competitions such as the North American Young Rider Championships, The Devon Horse Show, Capital Challenge, The National Horse Show, The Washington International Horse Show, and The Pennsylvania National Horse Show. Many of Madden's students are winners of the coveted "Style of Riding" Award presented to a junior jumper rider who best exemplifies the American style of Equitation as modeled by Olympic medalists Joe Fargis, Conrad Homfeld, and George Morris. The award recipient must have the respectful, dignified, courteous and workmanlike manner of true sportsman. Madden's students have won this award at prestigious competitions such as The Devon Horse Show and The Washington International Horse Show. Most recently, his student won the Shalanno Style of Riding Perpetual Trophy at the 2013 Hampton Classic.
The training ring, however, is just one area in which Madden contributes to the development of American show jumping. In addition to his previous work producing the "Wachovia Jumper Classic at Beacon Hill," he serves on several national committees, served on the board of the USHJA Hunt Seat Equitation Task Force for numerous years, currently serves on the board of the USHJA Competition Standards Committee and frequently donates his time and expertise by judging, giving clinics, and developing potential sponsors for the sport. Madden's efforts have been recognized in various awards and honors such as the prestigious "Developmental Coach of the Year" award from the United States Olympic Committee and designation as "Show Hunter Horseman of the Year for 2005" by The Chronicle of the Horse.