Karen Healey joked that during the fall equitation finals, “I didn’t get the Academy Award, but I got a hell of a lot of nominations!” Healey’s students occupied three spots in the top 10 in the USEF/Pessoa Medal Finals (Pa.) and the ASPCA Maclay Finals (N.Y.), capping a year of success in the equitation, hunter and jumper rings.
“Second, third and fourth at [the Medal Finals] was pretty extraordinary. I’ve been fortunate to have had, through the years, top-placed finishers at the finals, but I’ve never had so many that were top contenders,” Healey said. “At that level, if you’re in the top 10, a little here or a little there, and you’d have been the winner.”
“They just rode so well. Earlier in the year, I’d wished, ‘If these kids can just ride as well indoors as they are now.’ And they did.”