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Kasey Ament of Karen Healey Stables Victorious in $25,000 Del Mar Open Equitation Championship

Del Mar, CA - May 7, 2009 - Karen Healey Stables showed at the Del Mar National Horse Show this past week and posted several big wins throughout the competition. The horses and riders competed on April 28 through May 3, and put in a successful weekend of hunter, equitation, and jumper competition and were led by head trainer Karen Healey of Hidden Valley, CA.

For the second straight year, Kasey Ament won the $25,000 Del Mar Open Equitation Championship. Ament showed Octavia, owned by Bastion LLC, in the two rounds of competition and won the blue ribbon and first place prizes. Other riders to compete in the Equitation Championship were Navona Gallegos, who finished fourth overall, Hannah Selleck, who finished fifth overall, and Samantha Harrison, who finished seventh overall.

Karen Healey student Hannah Selleck also won the award for Best Adult Rider and the Grand Amateur-Owner Hunter championship after a very successful weekend of competition in Del Mar. Selleck and her horse Bella won blue ribbons in all four classes of the Amateur-Owner Hunter 18-35 over fences, placed third under saddle and came in second in the $2,000 Amateur-Owner Hunter Classic. The pair also placed first in the Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search.

Rider Samantha Harrison was second in the Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search, coming in just behind Selleck, and Navona Gallegos placed fifth. Harrison and Gallegos also showed in the USEF Hunter Seat Medal. Harrison placed first and Gallegos placed fourth.

Jocelyn Neff is another student out of Karen Healey Stables who had a successful weekend in Del Mar. Neff won the WIHS Equitation Classic jumper phase and was second in the hunter phase, ending up in first place overall after the two rounds of competition. Neff also won the WCE Medal and was second in the ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship Medal.

Other top finishers include Haley Harrison, who won the PCHA Horsemanship Medal 14 and Under, Mackensie Baker, who was second in the CPHA Junior Hunter Seat Medal and fourth in the WCE Medal, and Grace Shelton, who placed fifth in the WCE Medal.

Karen Healey Stables will compete this week at the Showpark Ranch and Coast Tournament May 5-10. For more information please visit http://www.karenhealeystables.com.

Photo Credit: Karen Healey Stables' Kasey Ament won the $25,000 Del Mar Open Equitation Championship for the second year in a row. Photo Jennifer Muncy. Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.


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