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Karen Healey Stables Celebrates Life of Top Jumper Marble Arch

Westlake Village, CA - June 18, 2007 - Karen Healey Stables is saddened to announce the news of the passing of Marble Arch, a top jumper that was in their barn for nine years. Owned by Fred Bauer and his wife, trainer Karen Healey, Marble Arch accumulated top jumper prizes across the country and will be fondly remembered. "He was a once in a lifetime horse," Healey said. "In my 30 plus years in the business, he's one of the greatest horses I've ever had the privilege of owning."

"Marbles", as he was affectionately called in the barn, was born in 1991. The Belgian warmblood stood at just 16 hands high, but had the scope to reach large heights. "He had so much heart," Healey remembered. "We called him the little engine that could because he believed in himself."

Karen Healey found Marble Arch in Europe for Bauer, and he had a home at her barn in November of 1997. "I had not ridden in 15 years," Bauer recalled. "We thought he would be a nice starter horse, but he turned out to be way more than that. We clicked as a combination very quickly."

Marble Arch first made an impact on the jumper scene when he was the reserve circuit champion in the Preliminary Jumpers with rider Mike Endicott in the 1998 HITS Desert Circuit. He went on to accumulate amateur jumper championships with Bauer at Del Mar, Ranch and Coast and Menlo Charity Horse Show that year. Marble Arch made his grand prix debut at the Memorial Day Classic and finished sixth with Endicott. Bauer rode him in the grand prix at Pebble Beach that same year and finished second.

Marble Arch was twice the winner (1999 and 2000) of the $25,000 USGPL High Junior/Amateur Jumper Invitational Finals at the HITS Culpeper show. In 1999, he and Bauer won five High Amateur Jumper Classics and had top finishes in grand prix events at the HITS Desert Circuit, Del Mar Racing Special and Menlo. He received two second place ribbons in the 1.40m Amateur Jumpers at Spruce Meadows and finished second in the $10,000 Amateur Jumper Classic at the National Horse Show. "That was one of my fondest memories," Bauer revealed. "It was really fun to show at Madison Square Garden again, 30 years after I won the Maclay Finals there."

Marble Arch continued to show in the amateur jumpers for two more years until he was given to Natasha Traurig, who competed successfully in the Children's and Modified Junior/Amateur Jumpers.

"He could go very, very fast and be just as careful. He loved to run and jump," Bauer described, "which is why I was so happy that he was able to keep showing. He was very spoiled and had lots of personality. He would nicker every time he heard me or Karen."

After a brief retirement from an injury, Marble Arch returned to the show ring once again with Caroline Spogli and then Kristen Petersen in the Low Children's/Adult and Children's Jumpers. "He was happy as could be and still thought he was a big time jumper," said Melissa Jones, an assistant trainer at Karen Healey Stables. "In one of his very last classes, he won an optimum time class out of 46 horses for being exactly on the time, not even a fraction over. I swear he knew."

Photo Credit: Fred Bauer and the late Marble Arch. Photo (C) JumpShot.


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