Junior Rider Sets Sights On Beacon Hill Equestrian Grand Prix
NJ June 3, 2003 Growing up on her familys Gleneayre
Farm in Lumberton, NJ, 17-year-old nationally ranked junior equestrian
Leigh Healey has always loved horses. The youngest of seven children,
Healey was placed in the saddle in front of her parents at the age
of three and by age eight was riding under the tutelage of trainer
first experiences in the horse show arena were through the Burlington
County 4-H, where she won several divisions at the 4-H State Champion
Horse Show. Training under Frank Hernandez, Healey then went on
to successful competitions in USA Equestrian rated horse shows.
the age of 12, Healey began training with renowned trainers Frank
and Stacia Madden, managers of the Beacon Hill Show Stables in Colts
Neck, NJ. Under the Maddens training, Healey now competes
in the national circuit and in 2001 became the Childrens Jumper
Circuit Champion at the Winter Equestrian Festival in West Palm
Beach, FL, and placed first and third on her two mounts at the Washington
International Horse Show in Washington, DC.
Leigh Healey, 17, of Lumberton, NJ, and her champion horse Laurin,
currently ranked in first place in the National Hall of Fame show
jumping standings for 2003, make a successful jump. Healey and Laurin
will compete in the upcoming first-ever Beacon Hill Equestrian Grand
Prix, the proceeds of which will benefit Virtua Health, the largest
healthcare provider in southern New Jersey and a nonprofit organization.
2002, Healey won the Junior Jumper Circuit Championship at the Winter
Equestrian Festival, winning five of the nine $10,000 Classics in
the challenging division. She went on to win both the $2,500 Low
and $5,000 High Junior Jumper Classics and championships at the
Garden State Horse Show in Augusta, NJ. Healey and her horse Laurin
are currently in first place in the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper
Classic Series standings for 2003.
her enormous success as an equestrian, riding horses is about much
more than winning for Healey and her family. It is great when
you win, but there are a lot of life lessons that are learned when
you dont win, says Ellen Healey, Leighs mother.
Horseback riding and competition have been a positive force
in my daughters life.
Healeys are committed to sharing these lessons and their love of
horses with others. Despite the significant travel requirements
of the national circuit, Leigh Healey remains an honor student at
Merion Mercy Academy in Merion, PA, and is still very involved with
the Burlington County 4-H. Her parents, Bob and Ellen Healey, run
a nonprofit program on their Gleneayre Farm for children who are
dedicated to horseback riding but can not afford the costs associated
with the sport. The Healeys program gives these children the
opportunity to work at the farm and train with Jason and Allison
Neuman, full-time trainers at Gleneayre.
Healeys also support their community hospital, Virtua Health, the
largest healthcare provider in southern New Jersey and a nonprofit
organization. They have worked with the Virtua Health Foundation
and the Maddens, managers of Beacon Hill Stables, to create the
first-ever Beacon Hill Equestrian Grand Prix, the proceeds of which
will benefit Virtua Health. Leigh Healey, who was born at Garden
State Hospital (now Virtua West Jersey Hospital Marlton), will compete
in the Junior Jumper Division and possibly the Open Division at
the Grand Prix.
Beacon Hill Grand Prix horse show will be held on Saturday, June
14 through Sunday, June 15 at the Beacon Hill Show Stables, 55 Laird
Road in Colts Neck, NJ. The show will feature Jumper classes for
both child and adult riders and is expected to attract a number
of internationally recognized equestrians such as three-time U.S.
Olympian Anne Kursinski, Laura Chapot, Chris Kappler, Mark Leone,
Beezie Madden and McLain Ward. A variety of competitions held throughout
the weekend, including an Open Speed Derby and a Junior/Amateur-Owner
Classic, will lead up to the Grand Prix event on Sunday afternoon,
offering more than $70,000 in total prize money.
event will also offer carnival games, a food and vendor area, tented
box seating, a catered sponsors tent, and a silent auction.
All guests and participants at the horse show are invited to visit
the silent auction tent, which will be filled with a variety of
items donated by businesses throughout New Jersey and the Delaware
conjunction with the horse show, a live auction event is planned
for Saturday evening to serve as an additional fundraising activity.
The Auction Spectacular reception will feature entertainment
by the Garden State Philharmonic String Quartette. A variety of
unique and high-end items and services will be available for bidding,
such as a signed Bruce Springsteen guitar, a private evening dinner
cruise aboard a Viking Yacht, a childs miniature Mercedes
Benz, original equestrian artwork, and more.
admission to the Beacon Hill Grand Prix is $5 per person per day.
Tickets for ringside box seating is $50 per person for the weekend,
and tickets for the catered sponsors tent are $250 per person
for the weekend.
admission ($5) tickets are available for purchase at the following
locations: the gift shops at all four Virtua Health hospital locations
(Mt. Holly, Marlton, Berlin, Voorhees); the Virtua Health Foundation,
895 Rancocas Road, Suite 6, Mt. Holly, NJ 08060 (609) 261-7083;
The Toll Booth Saddle Shop, 2441 Route 206, Eastampton, NJ 08060
(609) 702-1404; the Cornerstone Café, 2 East Main Street,
Freehold, NJ 07728 (732) 845-5300; and The Tack Shelter, 41 Highway
34, Colts Neck, NJ 07722 (732) 303-0055.
more information, please call the Virtua Health Foundation at (609)
261-7083 or e-mail the Foundation at VHF@virtua.org.
Health, with more than 7,000 employees and 1,700 physicians, is
the largest healthcare provider in southern New Jersey. It is comprised
of four hospitals including Virtua Memorial Hospital Burlington
County, Mount Holly, and Virtua West Jersey Hospitals in Berlin,
Marlton and Voorhees. More than 7,000 babies are born annually at
the hospitals in Mount Holly and Voorhees, where comprehensive neonatal
intensive care for premature newborns is available. Pediatric primary
and specialty care services are offered as part of the Virtua/duPont
Childrens Health Program, an affiliation with the Alfred I.
duPont Hospital for Children. With five strategically located emergency
centers, it handles more emergencies -- and more pediatric emergencies
-- than any other hospital in South Jersey. Virtua Health also serves
the community with comprehensive primary care and emergency services
at its outpatient center in Camden; two long-term comprehensive
care centers located in Berlin and Mount Holly; two outpatient surgery
centers located in Mount Holly and Voorhees; and a home-health care