Thermal, CA - March 19, 2009 - The horses and riders out of Karen Healey Stables continued their success during week seven of competition at the HITS Desert Circuit in Thermal, CA on March 10-15. With many talented young riders coming up in the hunter, jumper and equitation ranks, Karen Healey Stables has dominated the competition in Thermal for the past six weeks, and this week was no different.
Alexa Anthony is one young rider who had a fantastic week of competition in Thermal over the past several days. Anthony rode Vogue, owned by Potcreek Meadow Farm, in the Equitation 14 -15 and won every class in the division for the championship win. Anthony rode Vogue in the medal classes as well, placing first in the ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship Medal and second in the USEF Talent Search Medal. The young rider also competed in the jumpers, riding Afonya in the Children's Jumper 15 and Under division, where the pair placed second and third.
Kasey Ament won a reserve championship this week riding Tammy Chipko's horse All That in the Adequan Hunter division where she placed first and second in the division's classes. In the jumper divisions Ament rode Santika, owned by Harrison Farms LLC to a third place finish in the Level 7 Jumpers. She also placed sixth in the $500 Hidden Creek Farm Level 6 Jumpers with the Jackal, owned by Carlos Valenzuela, and fourth in the Level 7 Jumpers with Blue Shot Baco, owned by Donna Neff.
Alex Block rode two horses in the Large Junior Hunter 16-17 division this week including her horse Walk the Line, and Tammy Chipko's horse All That. With Walk the Line, Block placed second in the under saddle and then sixth, fourth, and first over fences. With All That, Block placed sixth under saddle and was fourth, third, sixth and sixth over fences. Block also rode both horses in the $1,000 Large Junior Hunter Classic, placing second with All That and fourth with Walk the Line. In the equitation, Block rode her horse Cadillac Jack to a first place win in the Central Equine Junior Medal.
Yvette Harris is another ride out of Karen Healey Stables to get a reserve championship this week. Harris showed Addy Graves' horse Livingstone in the Novice Adult Hunters, placing third under saddle and second, second and first over fences for second highest in division points. Harris placed fifth, fourth, third and sixth in the individual classes of the Adult Equitation 2'9" division.
Callie Selchau rode Allison LaJoie's horse North Star in the Low Junior Jumpers this week, placing first and fifth to get the reserve championship tricolor in the division. Selchau and Coretto, owned by Karen Ball, placed second in the CPHA Hunter Seat Junior Medal and third in the Central Equine Junior Medal.
Mackenzie Baker continued her success in the equitation divisions with Karen Healey's horse Safira 9 this week. Baker rode Safira 9 to a tie for the division championship in the Equitation 16-17 with fourth, third and first place ribbons. The pair placed sixth in the ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship Medal and fourth in the Central Equine Junior Medal. Baker also rode Thea Disney's Kona for another week in the Low Junior Jumpers, placing third, sixth and fourth in the division.
Samantha Harrison came back for a very good week of competition with her horses Triple Lutz and Santika. With her equitation horse Triple Lutz, Harrison placed second in the Equitation 16-17, third in the USEF Hunter Seat Medal, third in the ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship Medal, and sixth in the USEF Talent Search Medal. The pair placed second overall in the WIHS Equitation Classic, placing third in the hunter phase and second in the jumper phase.
Harrison competed in the High Junior Jumpers this week with her horse Santika, placing fourth in one division class, as well as the $10,000 High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic. Overall, Karen Healey Stables had four out of five riders go clear in the High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic on Sunday.
Navona Gallegos has repeatedly done well throughout the HITS Desert Circuit with her talented horses Cortes 7, Class Action, and Acrobat. Gallegos rode Cortes 7 in several equitation classes, placing first in the USEF Hunter Seat Medal, fifth in the ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship Medal, and sixth overall in the WIHS Equitation Classic. Gallegos got two blue ribbons with Class Action this week, winning both the USEF Talent Search Medal and the CPHA Hunter Seat Junior Medal. In the Low Junior Jumpers, Gallegos rode Acrobat to fourth and sixth place finishes. She also rode John Huggins horse Drossana in the High Junior Jumpers for a first place win.
Jocelyn Neff continued her equitation rides with Liza Finsness' horse Lord Loxley this week. Neff rode Lord Loxley to a sixth place in the Equitation 16-17 under saddle and a fifth place in the USEF Hunter Seat Medal. The pair was fourth overall in the WIHS Equitation Classic, placing sixth in the hunter phase and fourth in the jumper phase. Neff also rode Golden Flip in the High Junior Jumpers this week placing third.
Another rider to have success in the WIHS Equitation Classic this week was Kylee Arbuckle. Arbuckle rode Karen Healey's Woodstock to a third place overall in the WIHS Equitation Classic, placing second in the hunter phase and third in the jumper phase.
A few other riders did well in the jumpers for week seven's competition. Dylan Kornbluth showed The Jackal, owned by Carlos Valenzuela, and placed sixth in the Level 5 Jumpers and second in the Low Junior Jumpers. Carly Anthony showed her horse Romeo to a fifth place in the High Amateur-Owner Jumpers, while Lauren Kay and her horse Damiro 21 won a sixth place ribbon in that division.
In addition to her regular students, Karen Healey had a special rider in her group this week, junior rider Haley Webster, the 2009 winner of the Ronnie Mutch Equitation Scholarship. The scholarship offers the recipient a two-week visit to HITS Thermal to study with some of the world's top equestrians.
Training with Karen Healey, Webster rode her horse Luciano in Thermal and was champion of the Equitation 12-13 division. Webster and Luciano placed first, first, second and third for the championship tricolor. Webster also placed fifth in the CPHA Hunter Seat Junior Medal, fourth in the CPHA Foundation Equitation Medal, and second in the Central Equine Junior Medal.
Several riders from Karen Healey Stables also rode at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center Winter Horse Show this week. Addy Graves showed Alex Block's horse Dante in the equitation, placing first and second in the Equitation 12-13 division. She also rode in the medal classes, placing first in the Rosewood Medal, second in the Onondarka Medal, third in the THIS Children's Medal, and fourth in the PCHA Horsemanship Medal.
Grace Shelton also showed in L.A. this week. Shelton rode her horse Lanos, placing fifth and sixth in the Equitation 14-15 and was sixth in the USEF Show Jumping Talent Search. The pair also placed first overall in the WIHS Equitation Classic, placing second in the hunter round and first in the jumper round.
Holly Dickinson rode HMG Farms' horse Beckham, and they placed second in the Equitation 14-15, first in the LAHJA/LA Saddlery Junior Medal, first in the ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship Medal, and fifth in the WCE Junior-Amateur Medal.
The final week of competition at the HITS Desert Circuit in Thermal, CA, will be held this week, March 17-22, where Karen Healey Stables will compete for the circuit's final top honors.
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