Karen Healey Stables’ Kasey Ament Wins $25,000 Open Equitation Championship at Del Mar National Horse Show

Karen Healey Stables had a great week of competition last week at the Del Mar National Horse Show. Assistant trainer Kasey Ament took first place in the $25,000 Open Equitation Championship. Riders from Karen Healey Stables took five of the top six ribbons in the class, and they brought home great placings in the other big prize money classics at the show.

Ament rode Beckham, owned by Holly Dickinson, to the win in the $25,000 Open Equitation Championship. Ament won the class over 40 other competitors and through three rounds of competition. After the first two rounds, Ament was one of eight riders chosen to return for the final round, which consisted of two trips. In the second trip, riders switched horses and rode a course on an unfamiliar horse. Ament went into the final round as the leader. After her ride on a different horse, in which she scored a 92, Ament was declared the winner.

In addition to Ament’s victory, Karen Healey students brought home the majority of ribbons in the different and exciting class. Tina DiLandri finished second, Michelle Morris was fourth, Carly Anthony was fifth, and Navona Gallegos took sixth place.

In the $25,000 Dearborn Stables Open Hunter Classic, Tammy Chipko of Westlake Village, CA, rode her amateur hunter All That to fourth place. She finished as the Amateur-Owner Over 35 Hunter Champion at the show after winning all four over fences classes and finishing second in the under saddle. These great ribbons gave All That and Chipko the overall High Point Amateur-Owner Hunter award. As if that weren’t enough, All That and Chipko won the Amateur-Owner Hunter Classic.

Samantha Harrison of La Canada, CA, and her horse Santika finished sixth in the $25,000 Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Grand Prix, which had 36 entries. Along with her jumper results, Harrison finished fifth in the WCE Medal.

In a class of 53 entries, Katie Gardner and Action G finished fifth in the $3,500 Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers. Tenth place went to Tina DiLandri and Chanel 292. Jocelyn Neff and her horse Golden Flip finished second in the $2,500 Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic. Alex Block and Kool Shoes rode to ninth place in the $1,500 Children’s Jumper Classic.

Holly Dickinson won the PCHA Horsemanship class, was third in the ASPCA Maclay, and was third in the CPHA Medal, while Sophie Benjamin took first place in the CPHA Medal class and was second in the USEF Junior Medal. Michelle Morris won the USEF Show Jumping Talent Search class, while Shelby Wakeman finished second, DiLandri was fourth, Dickinson was sixth, Neff was seventh, and Benjamin was eighth. Haley Harrison took fourth place in the WCE Medal, Benjamin was sixth, and Block was eighth.

Karen Healey Stables assistant trainer Kasey Ament, winner of the $25,000 Open Equitation Championship at the Del Mar National Horse Show. Photo ©2008 Kathy Hobstetter.

Reprinted with permission from Phelps Media Group.

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