Karen Healey Stables is based out of Westlake Village, CA, and had riders compete at three different winter equestrian show circuits this past week. They were victorious at all three, bringing home blue ribbons and tricolors.
This past week, Wakeman was able to show on the large International Arena field, which usually hosts the grand prix jumpers. It was the World Championship Hunter Rider week, and Wakeman’s top finish qualified her and Cello for the AHJF Hunter Classic Spectacular of Palm Beach, which showed under the lights in front of a huge crowd.
“I was really excited and really nervous,” Wakeman said. “This is my first year doing WEF. I really like it. It’s a good change for me.” Of Cello, she said, “He’s really fun and has a beautiful jump. He was awesome on Saturday.”
In the equitation, Wakeman finished second in the USEF Show Jumping Talent Search and was third overall in the WIHS Equitation class. She was helped by top equitation trainer Missy Clark. “I’ve shown a different horse every weekend, so I’ve learned a lot. Training with somebody new also gives you a new perspective,” she noted. Wakeman will return to California this week for school.
At the HITS Desert Circuit IV, numerous riders placed in the equitation divisions, while others won in the hunters and jumpers. Hannah Selleck of Thousand Oaks, CA, won the USEF Show Jumping Talent Search class and Navona Gallegos of Santa Fe, NM, was third. In the USEF Junior Medal, Michelle Morris of La Canada, CA, took the blue ribbon and Gallegos was second.
Gallegos moved up for the win in the ASPCA Maclay class, while Morris was second. Gallegos took the win as well in the WCE Junior/Amateur Medal class, Selleck was fourth, and Katie Hallmark was seventh. Gallegos had her third win of the week in the Equitation 16-17 under saddle class and in the same division, Hannah Bibb finished second, fourth, and fourth.. Hallmark finished third in the Central Equine Medal class and Hannah Bibb was fifth. In the Junior Limit Equitation, Hallmark was the reserve champion after finishing second, third, fourth, and seventh. Selleck took third in the CPHA Foundation Medal, and Gallegos finished sixth overall in the WIHS Equitation class. In the Equitation 18-35, Selleck was first.
Kristi Siam of Chatsworth, CA, had a great week in the equitation. She won the PCHA Adult Medal and was champion in the Equitation 51 & Over after winning two classes and placing second in the division. She also finished second in the Ariat Adult Medal. Siam made the move to the jumper ring on Carmelo and picked up a first, a second, and a third for the reserve championship.
Assistant trainer Kasey Ament piloted Jipsian, owned by John Endicott, to seventh place in the $25,000 Ariat Grand Prix.
In the jumper ring, Michelle Morris and Lichtenstein 7 were fifth and also finished fifth in the Modified Junior Jumper Classic. Changing to hunters, Morris was victorious once again on Revelation, owned by Hannah Goodson-Cutt. They won a class and were second and fourth in the Large Junior 16-17 Hunters.
The third winter circuit to see Karen Healey Stables riders was the HITS Arizona Circuit. Tammy Chipko, also of Westlake Village, swept the Amateur-Owner Over 35 Hunters. She was champion on Amnesty, who won three out of five classes and was second and fourth in the remaining two classes. On her top hunter All That, she was reserve champion after finishing first, second, second, second, and fifth. Fellow amateur rider Carol Bird was second in the Low Junior/Amateur Jumpers on Mambo.
Karen Healey Stables competes next at fifth week of the HITS Desert Circuit in Thermal, CA, on Feb. 26-March 2, 2008.
Reprinted with permission from Phelps Media Group.