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Karen Healey Stables Takes Six of Top Ten Places in USEF West Coast Show

Karen Healey Stables Takes Six of Top Ten Places in USEF West Coast Show Jumping Talent Search Finals

Riders Win Eight Tricolor Ribbons at L.A. International Jumping Festival

Burbank, CA – September 29, 2006 – Karen Healey Stables (KHS) had a fantastic week of competition at the L.A. International Jumping Festival on September 20-24, 2006. Riders from KHS took six of the top ten places in the USEF West Coast Show Jumping Talent Search Finals, and they brought home eight tricolor ribbons in equitation and jumper divisions at the show.

The USEF West Coast Show Jumping Talent Search Finals were held on the large outside field. It is a class that features a jumping phase, a gymnastics phase, and a flat phase. Hannah Selleck of Thousand Oaks, CA, rode her amazing junior jumper, the Selle Francais stallion Cirka Z. It was a late decision between Selleck and Healey, who had planned on her riding a different horse. Selleck was quite pleased with Cirka Z’s performance. “It was shocking that he was that good,” she admitted. “It was his first equitation class ever, and it was the first time he had ever done a flat class. He was also the only stallion in the class.”

Selleck is only 16 years old, but this was her fifth time in the Talent Search Finals. She competed in the final four last year and finished in fourth place. This year, she was solid through three rounds of competition to finish in second place. She moved up each phase and was one of the final four competitors that participated in a ride-off. In the ride-off, each competitor rode their own horse and each of the other three horses over a shortened course that included a liverpool and a triple combination. Selleck was in the final four with Nick Haness, Amber Levine, and fellow Karen Healey student Alexandra Conforti.

Cirka Z has only been ridden by a handful of people in his lifetime, so Selleck was unsure how he would be in the ride-off. “My horse rides different than all the rest,” Selleck noted. “He’s little and a jumper. The other horses were more like quiet equitation horses. I didn’t know how he was going to behave.” Cirka Z proved his worth in the equitation ring by adapting well to each rider. “All the horses were really good,” Selleck added. “Everyone rode really well. I think the ride-off really tests the riders and shows how much experience they have.”

“I really like the way the class is formatted and how the trainers are not allowed to ride the horses before the class,” Selleck commented. “It really teaches you a lot about preparation.” After the warm-up and throughout the competition, riders are not allowed to have any professionals on their horse, and all of the competitors must walk the course without their trainers. Selleck walked with riders from her barn, as well as friends in the class and “compared notes.”

“It was really fun this year,” Selleck asserted. “I was going in on a stallion who didn’t have equitation experience, so I didn’t have any expectations. It was enjoyable because there was not a lot of pressure. I was happy to be in the final four.”

Right behind her in the final rankings was Alexandra Conforti of La Cañada, CA, on The Graduate in third place. Michelle Morris, another La Cañada resident, was seventh on Tiffany Hickey’s Lotus, while Veronica Tracy of San Juan Capistrano rode her jumper, Muscadet de Saureneire, to eighth place. Tina Dilandri of La Jolla was ninth on Cartier, and Carly Anthony of Redmond, WA, was tenth on Dynamic.

The L.A. International also hosted the USEF Junior Medal Regionals. Dilandri posted a second place finish on her own horse RSVP. Dilandri has had an amazing year. She has ridden in six equitation finals in California and has received four second places, a fourth, and a tenth place.

Selleck rode her equitation horse Kyle to third place in the Medal Regional. Morris was fourth on Eventual, and Veronica Tracy was sixth on her horse Guns N’ Roses.

The USEF Adult Medal Regionals saw Yvette Lang-Einczig of Malibu ride to fifth place on Jalapeño, while Elizabeth Dickinson was seventh on Rembrandt.

Los Angeles resident Elizabeth Dickinson won the PCHA Adult Medal, was third in the HBO Adult Medal, and took home the championship in the Equitation 36 & Over division. On Fabius 45, she was reserve champion in the Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers. She and Cacique finished fourth in the Modified Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic.

Elizabeth’s daughter, Holly Dickinson, was third in the Rosewood Medal and in the Show Circuit Children’s Medal. She won the reserve championship in the Equitation 12-13 division. Holly rode White Gold for HMG Farms to the reserve champion ribbon in the Children’s 12-14 Hunters.

A second mother/daughter combination from Karen Healey Stables was successful this weekend. Kristi Siam of Chatsworth, CA, rode Carmelo to second in the USEF Adult Medal class and fourth in the Ariat Adult Medal class. Her daughter Kayla rode Karma to two blue ribbons in the Foxfield Medal class and the USEF Adult Medal class. Kayla Siam was third in the CPHA Amateur class.

Haley Harrison of La Cañada was another double tricolor winner. She was reserve champion in the Equitation 11 & Under and rode Gillespie to the reserve championship in the Children’s 11 & Under Hunters. Harrison also got the ride on Karien. The pair was third in the 1.00m Jumper class and third in the Low Children’s/Adult Jumper Classic. Samantha Harrison rode Fred Astaire to first place in the ASPCA Maclay class and third in the USEF Junior Medal class.

Two more championships came from Skylar Nelson in the Pony Equitation and Novona Gallegos of Santa Fe, NM. Gallegos rode Lando V to the championship in the Children’s Jumpers. On Atlantis, Gallegos was second in the CPHA Foundation class and fourth in the ASPCA Maclay class.

Karoline Sauls of Agoura Hills, CA, rode Kaiser Leopold to third place in the L.A. Senior Medal and second in the PCHA Adult Medal class.

Hannah Selleck and her jumper Bauer finished second in the High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic.

Karen Healey and her group of students have now traveled to the East Coast to compete at the Capital Challenge Horse Show in Upper Marlboro, MD, from September 30th to October 1st. Another group of students with assistant trainers Kasey Ament and Melissa Jones will show at the Del Mar International Horse Show on September 28-October 1.

Photo Credit: Hannah Selleck and Bauer, who were second in the High Junior/A-O Jumper Classic at L.A. International. Selleck was second in the USEF West Coast Talent Search Finals on Cirka Z. Photo © 2006 JumpShot.


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