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Karen Healey Stables Garners Several Championships at HITS Desert Circuit VI

Thermal, CA - March 11, 2009 - Karen Healey Stables pulled in four championship wins and numerous top placings at HITS Desert Circuit's sixth week of competition in Thermal, CA. The group out of Karen Healey Stables showed this past week on March 3-8.

Juliana Ball took home the championship tricolor in the Children's Jumper 15 and Under division with her horse Philadelphia. Ball and Philadelphia placed first in two of the individual classes for the division's championship win. The pair also competed in the $1,000 M&S Children's/Adult Jumper Classic placing second, and the $2,500 M&S Children's Jumper Classic placing fifth.

Along with Philadelphia, Ball rode her horse Sjapoo this week, placing sixth in the Modified Junior Jumpers and first in the $1,000 Modified Junior/Amateur Jumper Classic.

Alexa Anthony is another young rider out of Karen Healey Stables who was very successful during this week's Thermal competition. Anthony rode Vogue, owned by Potcreek Meadow Farm, in the Equitation 14-15 and won the division championship. Anthony and Vogue placed first in three of the division's classes and got one second. Anthony rode Vogue in the ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship Medal as well, placing sixth.

Another ride for Anthony included Potcreek Meadow Farm's Afonya. Riding Afonya, Anthony placed second in the Children's Jumper 15 and Under division and fifth in the $2,500 Marshall & Sterling Children's Jumper Classic. Anthony's sister Carly also showed Afonya this week, placing first in the Level 4 Jumpers, and she rode Romeo to a second place finish in the High A/O Jumpers. Both girls are co-trained by Karen Healey and their mother, Cara Anthony.

Yvette Harris got a championship win for Karen Healey Stables this week, riding Livingstone in the Novice Adult Hunters. Livingstone is owned by Addy Graves, and Yvette Harris rode the horse to two firsts and one fifth place ribbon in the Novice Adult Hunter division to secure the championship. Harris rode Livingstone in the Adult Equitation divisions as well, placing fourth, fourth and third in the Adult Equitation 2'6", and placing fifth and third in the Adult Equitation 2'9".

A fourth championship win came from Navona Gallegos, who was very successful in the jumpers with John Huggin's horse Drossana this week. Gallegos rode Drossana to the division championship for the High Junior Jumpers, placing second in two of the individual classes. Drossana and Gallegos also competed in the $10,000 Junior/Amateur Jumper Classic, winning the class over 40 other competitors.

Gallegos had success outside of the jumper ring as well, riding two horses owned by Bar X Ranch LLC, in equitation classes. Gallegos rode Cortes 7 to a first place win in the Central Equine Junior Medal and a fourth place finish in the ASPCA Maclay class. She also rode Class Action in the WIHS Equitation Classic, placing third overall with the combination of a second place in the hunter phase and a third place in the jumper phase.

Kasey Ament rode three horses in the jumpers this week, placing well. Ament rode Acrobat, owned by Bar X Ranch LLC, to a third place finish in the Level 7 Jumpers. Another ride was Kool Shoes, owned by Alexandra Block, who Ament rode to a fourth place finish in the Level 4 Jumpers. She also rode Sjapoo, owned by Juliana Ball, in the $500 Hidden Creek Farm Level 6 Jumpers, placing sixth.

There were several other riders out of Karen Healey Stables who all had additional success during week six of competition. Jocelyn Neff rode Lord Loxley, owned by Liza Finsness, to a second place ribbon in the ASPCA Maclay class. Demi Stiegler rode Vigo, owned by Citrus Hill Farms, LLC and placed third in the USEF Talent Search Medal and sixth overall in the WIHS Equitation Classic. Holly Dickinson showed HMG Farm's Beckham to sixth place ribbons in both the CPHA Hunter Seat Junior Medal and the WCE Junior/Amateur Medal. And Elizabeth Dickinson showed Bailey's VH Meulenhof, owned by HMG Farms and placed second in the Low A/O Jumpers.

Alexandra Block and Mackenzie Baker were two riders who continued their successful competition in Thermal. Block placed third in the Modified Junior Jumpers riding Kool Shoes and was sixth in the Large Junior Hunter 16-17 under saddle class with Walk the Line. Baker moved up to the Low Junior Jumpers this week and placed fifth in the division with Thea Disney's horse Kona. Baker also showed Safira 9, owned by Karen Healey, and placed fourth in the Central Equine Junior Medal.

Karen Healey Stables hopes to continue their winning momentum next week, as the horses and riders return to compete at HITS Desert Circuit VII, which runs March 10-15.

For more information please visit http://www.karenhealeystables.com.


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