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Karen Healey Stables Sweeps Top Ribbons in Equitation at HITS Desert Circuit IV Horse Show

Haley Harrison of La Cañada, California Named Best Child Rider

Thermal, CA – February 28, 2007 – In the fourth week of the HITS Desert Circuit on February 20-25, 2007, Karen Healey Stables had a stellar showing. Riders under the tutelage of Karen Healey took the top five ribbons in the ASPCA Maclay class and the top four in the Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) Equitation class. In addition, they took home nine tricolor ribbons in the equitation, hunter and jumper divisions.

In the ASPCA Maclay class, Michelle Morris of La Cañada, CA, got the top prize. Shelby Wakeman of Westlake Village, CA, was second, Navona Gallegos finished third, Carly Anthony of Redmond, WA, was fourth and Veronica Tracy of San Juan Capistrano, CA, was fifth. Tracy also won the USEF Show Jumping Talent Search class.

Tina Dilandri of La Jolla, CA, won the overall WIHS Equitation, with Wakeman close behind in second. Wakeman rode Rodin in his first show back and scored a 91 in the jumper phase. Morris placed third, and Gallegos wrapped up another sweep of the top ribbons in fourth place.

Dilandri rode Coal Creek for trainer Archie Cox and owner Amy Brubaker to the championship in the Large Junior 15 & Under Hunters and they were third in the Large Junior Hunter Classic. On her jumper Chanel 292, Dilandri finished third in the High Junior Jumpers.

Brubaker, who purchased Coal Creek during the second week of the HITS Desert Circuit, agreed to have Dilandri ride the talented hunter again this week. “I did not know Tina personally, though I had admired her riding from the first time I watched her,” Brubaker recalled. This past week, Brubaker said, “I got a chance to spend some time with Tina and her mom. I found Tina to be very professional, serious about the riding and plentiful in a sense of humor about herself. Tina has set her goal to compete in the Olympics one day. I hope she makes it. She would be a wonderful representative for our sport and for our country.”

Wakeman got the ride on Sherman Way for Archie Cox and won the Small Junior 16-17 Hunter reserve championship. On Valor, owned by Olivia Esse, Wakeman received top ribbons in the Large Junior 16-17 Hunters.

Hannah Selleck of Thousand Oaks, CA, won the championship in the Large Junior 16-17 Hunters on By Design, another Esse-owned mount. On her own horse Bauer, Selleck won in the High Junior Jumpers.

In addition to her win in the Maclay, Michelle Morris received the top call in the USEF Junior Medal section B class and the CPHA Junior Medal class.

Navona Gallegos made the switch to the jumper ring on Castana 4. They won two classes in the Low Junior Jumper division and received the championship ribbon. Alison Lajoie of Laguna Hills, CA, piloted Northstar to the win over 67 other entries in the Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic.

In her first show as part of the Karen Healey Stables team, Lindsay Ramar made quite a splash. On Vallarta, Ramar was first and second in the Low Amateur-Owner Jumpers and received the championship ribbon. On Puma, she finished second in the same division. Vallarta was also eighth in the Low Junior/Amateur Jumper Classic.

Haley Harrison of La Cañada, CA, piloted her new horse, C’est La Vie, in their first show together to Best Child Rider honors after placing well in the Children’s Hunter 13 & Under division.

Yvette Lang-Einczig kept the winning going in the USEF Adult Medal, the CPHA Amateur Medal, and in the Equitation 36-50 division. Lang-Einczig won two classes and was second in the remaining class to finish as champion of the division.

Skylar Nelson had an outstanding week in the pony classes at Thermal. On Macy Grey, she won two classes in the Pony Equitation and was the reserve champion. The pair also won the Medium Pony Hunter under saddle class. With Shananigans, she won two classes and was second in three classes to pick up the reserve championship in the Green Pony Hunters.

Trainer/rider Kasey Ament rode Sjapoo for owner Victoria Eseke to second and third places in the Level 4 Jumpers.

Karen Healey Stables shows this week at the fifth installment of the 2007 HITS Desert Circuit on February 27-March 4. For more information or to contact Karen Healey Stables, please call 805-370-1941.

Photo Credit: Michelle Morris, winner of three equitation classes at HITS Desert Circuit IV. Photo © 2006 Joshua A. Walker.


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