Olivia Champ Takes Top Honors in Equitation

Riders celebrated Mother’s Day weekend at Verdugo Hills 4 (May 12-13) with the addition of a new main hunter ring as well as a brand new jumper ring. Not only were the rings improved, but the competition took on a higher level of quality. Riders tested out the new jumper ring while competing in the WCE Junior/Amateur Medal, the USEF Talent Search, and a full complement of jumper sections, from .70 to 1.30 meters. Positive changes enhanced the overall experience for riders, horses, and spectators alike.

Olivia Champ (Santiago Rickard and Karen Healey, trainers) triumphed in both the USEF Pessoa Hunt Seat Medal and the USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Medal aboard Le Prince (Orcas Stables, Inc., owner). Olivia’s goal was to qualify for the Talent Search Final, which she accomplished this weekend. Her plan was to make it around the course while still enjoying herself, and she exceeded her own expectations with her win.

Olivia credits her success to her trainers Santiago Rickard, who helps her with the jumpers, Karen Healey Stables for equitation coaching, and Le Prince. She commented, “I’ve had Le Prince for about three years, and I love spending time with him. He just loves to jump. At Verdugo Hills 4, I really enjoyed the new rings and thought the footing was great. I think the addition of a new jumper arena was a huge improvement. I also loved how everyone was so supportive and that all of the classes filled.”

Reprinted with permission from LEG Up News.

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