The first COVID-19 related lockdown in South Africa was hard for many people in the equestrian industry and the ramifications across the world with regards to showjumping events such as the Olympic Games were vast, but, for one local 1.50m rider, Ashlee Healy, the forced absence from the arena was not noticed as she prepared herself for motherhood.
Ashlee Healy last stepped into a competitive arena in the early months of 2020 and has since been enjoying the journey to motherhood. And, while Ashlee stepped aside from competition, her husband, Ronnie Healy, was thrilled with the opportunity to compete on her horses including her widely desired stallion, Hausberger’s Eldo. Ronnie remained highly competitive on the superstar stallion for the duration of 2020 with several podium positions under his belt and looked to be really enjoying his new partnership, but that has now come to an end as Ashlee has returned.
While Ronnie kept the ride on Eldo at the 2020 Easter Festival incorporating the South African Outdoor Grand Prix hosted by Kyalami Equestrian Park, Ashlee was back in the competitive saddle for the first time in over a year with Hausberger’s MacArthur Park and Hausberger’s Capital Madly in the 1.20m classes.
2 weeks later, Ashlee Healy was once again seen in competition at the Burlington Stables graded show and this time, she was back on Eldo. Competing in the 1.35m classes, Ashlee looked delighted to be partnered back with her trusty steed and her performances were a great sign of what’s to come in the year ahead. The weeks since then have been a fantastic run for Ashlee as she marked her return to the top heights of the sport by competing in the World Cup Qualifier hosted by Kyalami Equestrian Park and sponsored by Reonet.
While there may have been some friendly in-house bickering over who kept the ride on Eldo, Ronnie had a superb run on the stallion, and, with the return of Blue Turtle Atmore to his string, Ashlee has got her special boy back and we look forward to seeing them back at the top heights together again soon.
Welcome back Ashlee, may the year ahead be victorious and congratulations on your beautiful baby.