In 2010, after retiring her former grand prix mare Tosca van het Lambroeck, Selleck recognized an opportunity and the need for high-caliber hunter/jumper sport horses produced within the United States, and Descanso Farm was begun.
In 2012, Tosca’s first foals were born, and since then Selleck and Descanso Farm have been dedicated to developing young horses to the peak of their potential, with the utmost care and attention given to every step of the process.
“We want to show that we can produce the horses in the States, having them on the ground as foals and bringing them up through the young horse classes,” said Selleck, 29, of Westlake Village, CA.
At Descanso Farm in Thousand Oaks, CA, the young horses include those out of Tosca, out of another former mount of Selleck’s, Alvarina, and, by embryo transfer, out of Barla, Selleck’s current grand prix mount. All of Descanso Farm’s foals are U.S.-bred and by stallions standing in the U.S., including Cacique, LioCalyon, and FEI Jumping World Cup Final winner Flexible.
Descanso Farm-bred young horses currently competing with Selleck and Olympic team gold medalist Will Simpson in the irons include six-year-olds Elita Toscita DF (Lamarque—Tosca, Casch) and Eloise DF (by Cacique), and five-year-old Rumpleteazer DF (by Flexible).
About Descanso Farm and Hannah Selleck
Descanso Farm is a boutique breeding operation producing top-quality sport horses within the United States and is owned and operated by the Selleck family and professional rider Hannah Selleck.
Selleck got her start in the show ring at the age of 10 and, during her junior career, won team silver medals at both the 2005 Prix des States Junior Jumper National Championship in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and in the Junior division of the 2006 North American Junior and Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC) in Lexington, Virginia. In 2007, Selleck was named the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Hunt Medal Finals Reserve Champion and the following year won the Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals – West. Returning to the 2008 edition of the NAJYRC in Parker, Colorado, Selleck won individual and team gold medals in the Young Rider division and also earned the style of riding award.
Today, Selleck competes in both the hunter and jumper rings for Meredith Herman’s Burgundy Farms of Petaluma, CA, while also showing her own horses and operating Descanso Farm. Selleck has earned numerous top-10 finishes in international show jumping competition, most recently aboard her top horse, the Oldenburg mare, Barla. In addition to pursuing equestrian success, Selleck is passionate about making a difference and serves as an ambassador for Brooke USA, a charity dedicated to improving the welfare of horses, donkeys, and mules in the developing world.
Selleck is proudly sponsored by equestrian apparel and equipment brands Butet, Cavalleri Toscana, KASK, Parlanti, and Roeckl.