Karen’s contributions to our sport never end, while recovering from complications from her recent back surgery. The California Professional Horsemen’s Association Foundation has established a fund to accept donations on her behalf, as Karen continues to fight to regain her mobility, with multiple hospital visits and physical therapy.
While talking to Karen it was very clear how grateful she was for the support she has received and for the Sonoma Horse Park and Headlands Management fundraising dinner during the Grand Prix and NAJYRC Trail.
“First of all it was a very emotional day for me to do this class because Ashley (Herman) has done so much to try to help me when my leg was paralyzed. She has really been trying to help and it was a huge honor for me, I thought it went very well,” Karen explained, “I actually used a modified version of the course I set and judged at the USET Finals last year. We had to change a few things to fit the ring, however that was great.”
Karen really wanted to express her gratitude for Ashley and the people that supported the class, “It was very, very heartwarming.” Karen continued to talk about the challenge class, “For the most part they rode pretty well, the top ones were very, very good. It was tough but it is supposed to be a champions class and I kept it 3’3”. I don’t think anything was impossible, but it definitely tested them, it asked them to go forward, to come back, to jump off a turn, to be able to hold out and do the correct bend; so everything I teach my students was in the course.
Kylee Arbuckle and Cocon 4. ©Alden Corrigan Media.
Kylee Arbuckle and Cocon 4 rose to the top and were delighted with their win. You would never imagine that this was their first time in such a competition together. “The mare I rode was actually Ned’s (Glynn) jumper that we are going to turn into an equitation horse. It was her first time ever doing equitation and jumping flowers and all that, so it was really fun. Ned let me ride her because we wanted to see what she was going to be like and she was awesome!” Kylee explained, “We knew she was going to be brave and so, it was just fun for me to go out there and do that. It is really special to me, since I rode with Karen when I was a junior, Karen Healey is an amazing horse woman and she has always been an inspiration to me.” Contact Martin Collins USA for a complimentary footing consultation.