Thermal, CA - February 10, 2009 - Karen Healey Stables, based out of Westlake Village, CA, posted continued success at HITS Desert Circuit in Thermal, CA, this week. As the show continued in its third week of competition, the horses and riders out of Karen Healey Stables carried on their winning ways with many top placings.
Alexandra Block had another successful week with Tammy Chipko's horse, All That. The pair was reserve champion of the Large Junior Hunter 16-17 division last week, and moved up to champion this week, with four first place finishes and one second. All That was named mid-circuit champion of the Large Junior Hunter 16-17 division. Block also rode her horse Walk the Line in that division and had top finishes. Other rides for Block this week included a second place finish in the $4,000 Modified Junior/Amateur Jumper Classic with her horse Kool Shoes, and a third place finish in the CPHA Hunter Seat Junior Medal class with her horse Cadillac Jack.
Another very successful rider for Karen Healey Stables this week was Samantha Harrison. Harrison was reserve champion of the High Junior Jumper division this week with Santika, owned by Harrison Farms, LLC. They placed first and third in the division. She also had a very successful week with her equitation horse, Triple Lutz. Harrison and Triple Lutz placed first in the USEF Hunter Seat Medal, first in the ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship class, first in the Equitation 16-17 Flat class, fifth in the USEF Talent Search Medal, and fifth in the WIHS Equitation Classic jumper phase.
Callie Selchau also had a very good week in Thermal. Selchau rode North Star, owned by Allison LaJoie, to a third place finish in the $15,000 Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic and a second place finish in the Low Junior Jumpers. She also rode Karen Ball's Coretto to a second place ribbon in the CPHA Foundation Equitation Medal, a fourth in the Central Equine Junior Medal, and two fourths in the Equitation 16-17. Other finishes for Selchau this week include a seventh in the WCE Junior/Amateur Medal and a fifth in the Equitation 16-17 with Allison LaJoie's horse Spa Sciences Southern.
Navona Gallegos rode several horses to high placings this week. Riding Class Action, owned by Bar X Ranch, LLC, she placed fourth in the USEF Hunter Seat Medal, seventh in the USEF Talent Search Medal, and eighth in the Equitation 16-17. With Cortes 7, she placed first in the Central Equine Junior Medal, fourth in the CPHA Hunter Seat Junior Medal, sixth in the Level 3 Jumpers and eighth in the ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship class. Other rides for Gallegos included second and eighth places finishes in the High Junior Jumpers with John Huggins' Drossana and a seventh place finish with Acrobat.
Demi Stiegler was another of Karen Healey Stables' riders to have a great week of competition. Stiegler rode Vigo, owned by Citrus Hill Farms, LLC, to a first place finish in the CPHA Hunter Seat Junior Medal, a fifth in the WCE Junior/Amateur Medal, a seventh in the USEF Hunter Seat Medal, a fifth in the WIHS Equitation Classic hunter phase and a fourth in the jumper phase. Other success for Stiegler came with Citrus Hill Farms, LCC's Violet Hill. Violet Hill and Stiegler placed seventh in the $1,000 Small Junior Hunter Classic and won three third place ribbons, one second, and one fourth in the Small Junior Hunter 15 and Under division.
Jocelyn Neff and Lord Loxley, owned by Liza Finsness, placed third in the Equitation 16-17, third in the ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship class, ninth in the USEF Hunter Seat Medal, fourth in the WIHS Equitation Classic hunter phase, and eighth in the jumper phase. Other rides for Neff included a sixth place finish in the USEF Talent Search Medal with Karen Healey Stables' Woodstock and a seventh in the High Junior Jumpers with Donna Neff's Golden Flip.
HMG Farm's Beckham and Holly Dickinson were fifth in the ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship class, fourth in the WCE Junior/Amateur Medal, and tenth in the USEF Talent Search. The pair also competed in the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, placing thirteenth in the first round and tenth in the second round, for a tenth place finish overall.
Hannah Bibb and Regatton were reserve champions of the Equitation 16-17 division this week. The pair placed first, second, third, and seventh in the individual classes for the second highest points in the division.
Krosus had a good week with owner/rider Kristi Siam in the irons. The pair came in first in the USEF Adult Medal and fourth in the Ariat National Adult Medal.
Tina DiLandri and Patricia Applegate's horse Teddy were very successful in the Small Junior Hunter 16-17 division. Teddy and DiLandri finished with a first, second, third and two fourth place ribbons. They also won the $1,000 Small Junior Hunter Classic. DiLandri also competed in the jumper and equitation divisions throughout the week. She finished eighth in the High Junior Jumpers with Lancer Farm's Condor and fourth in the Equitation 16-17 with High Point Farm, LLC's horse R.S.V.P.
Kasey Ament rode three horses in the Level 4 Jumpers this week. She finished fifth with Bar X Ranch LLC's Cortes 7, seventh with Ampy Benach's Leon, and eighth with Hannah Bibb's Regatton.
Tammy Chipko competed in the Low Junior/Amateur- Owner Jumpers this week with her horse Enrique. Chipko and Enrique won one of the classes and came in seventh in the $15,000 Classic.
Lauren Kay also rode her horse Damiro 21 in the High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers. The pair placed eighth in one of the classes and finished second in the $25,000 Classic for the division.
Other success in the jumpers for Karen Healey Stables came from rider Mackenzie Baker in the Modified Junior Jumper division. Baker rode Kona to a fifth place finish for owner Thea Disney. She also rode Umberto for John Endicott and finished eighth.
Elizabeth Dickinson placed sixth in the High Amateur/Owner Jumpers with HMG Farm's horse Bailey's VH Meulenhof.
Dylan Kornbluth also had jumper success this week, riding Carlos Valenzuela's horse The Jackal to a fifth place finish in the Level 4 Jumpers.
Other notable honors for the week include Grace Shelton and Lanos being named the mid-circuit champions of the Equitation 14-15 division.
HITS Desert Circuit will have the week off from competition next week, but will start up again for its fourth week of competition, February 17-22, where Karen Healey Stables will continue to compete.
For more information on Karen Healey Stables, please visit http://www.karenhealeystables.com
Photo Credit: Demi Stiegler of Karen Healey Stables had success in both the hunter and equitation rings at HITS Desert Circuit III. Photo © Jennifer Wood/ PMG. Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.
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