Karen Healey, Trainer
Karen began her professional career working for George Morris at Hunterdon 1971-1974. Following that she worked at Boulder Brook and Tewksbury with such riders as Ruthann Bowers, Freddie and Daisy Wells, and Francesca Mazella.
Karen moved to California in 1981 and began her business at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center. In the following years, she developed such riders as Mia Wood, Lauren Kay, Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum, Kristen Posehn, 1998 AHSA Jr. Horsemen of the Year Jill Prieto, along with Kasey Ament.
Presently Karen is located at Whitethorne Ranch, in Somas, California. Since coming to California, her riders have won over 90 medal finals including the 1990 ASPCA Maclay National Finals and the USET Talent Search Finals in 1986, 1987, 1990, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012. She has also trained numerous champion hunters and jumpers at indoors, including the 1990 AHSA Large Jr. Hunter National Champion, Magic Word, the 2005 USEF Amateur Owner Hunter 36 and over National Champion, Country Grammar, and the 1996 and 1998 AHSA Jr. Jumper National Champion Freestyling. Her riders have also won many medals at the NAYRC and the Prix de States, including gold medalists Hannah Selleck, Samantha Harrison and Kilian McGrath.
United States Hunter-Jumper Association
Chairperson USHJA Equitation Taskforce
Member Hunter Taskforce
Member USEF Developing Riders Committee
Member Trainerís Committee for Trainer Certification
Certified USHJA Trainer
Board of Directors-1995-2010
California Professional Horsemenís Association - 1991 Horsewoman of the Year
2007 Chronicle of the Horse Horseperson of the Year