Chris Hickey Named Havensafe Farm Head Trainer by Owner Betsy Juliano
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June 3, 2014
Elizabeth Juliano has appointed Chris Hickey, a Pan American Games double gold medal winner and international rider and trainer, as head trainer at her farms in Middlefield, Ohio and Wellington, Florida.
The appointment of Chris, who was director of training at Hilltop Farm in Colora, Maryland for seven years, was confirmed Tuesday by Betsy, the founder and chief executive officer of a successful business, a trustee of the U.S. Equestrian Team Foundation and an amateur rider at international level.
Chris, aged 45, “will spend time getting to know my eight competition horses,” Betsy said. “He is teaching me and Liz Siders, who also rides for me in Ohio.
Her horses include the Hanoverian stallion Riccidoff (Riccione x Don Davidoff x Sandro Hit) and Horizon, an Oldenburg mare (Hotline x Don Schufro x Inschallah AA).
“Chris and I hope to compete some of my horses in late summer and for sure this winter in Wellington. My goal is for him to compete the horses to the highest level of their abilities. Where that leads, time will tell.”
He will continue to ride Ronaldo, the eight-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding owned by Cecelia Stewart, on whom he is ranked third in the nation and will compete next week at the U.S. Intermediate Championships in Gladstone, New Jersey.
“I’m very much enjoying the opportunity to work with Betsy,” said Chris who won team and individual gold medals at the 2007 Pan Am Games in Rio de Janeiro.
“She’s been a friend of mine for a number of years, going back to when I was showing Cabana Boy against one of her horses. Betsy has been a super supporter of USEF programs, this proves her dedication to our sport. Betsy herself enjoys showing and has been successful as well. I enjoy teaching her and I’m looking forward to her own riding developing even further as well.”
Betsy said that she sought advice from Chris when she decided to make the transition to another trainer from George Williams and “it became clear to me that he would be the right person for this role.”
“I admire Chris’ training methods, fairness with the horses and his commitment to the sport,” she said. “He has already proven himself as an excellent competitor.”
A new stable for 15 horses Betsy is building at the Ohio farm is near completion and with the exception of Ronaldo will be only for her own horses.