Tom Selleck's Only Daughter Hannah Is an Equestrian
Tom Selleck’s daughter, Hannah, shares her passion for horses with her father, which led her to a career as a champion equestrian.
All grown up, 28-year-old Hanna often competes around the world as an equestrian and also has a side business breeding horses with her father, who always encouraged her to follow her passion for horses, according to Hollywood Reporter.
The “Blue Bloods” actor bought a 64-acre ranch in Ventura County, California after Hannah’s birth in 1988. Both Tom and his wife, Jillie Mack, thought ranch life would be a good environment for Hannah to grow up in and Tom and decided to scale back on acting to spend more time with his family.
"I quit Magnum to have a family," Tom told People in 2012. "It took a long time to get off the train, but I try very hard to have balance, and this ranch has helped me do that."
At the age of four, Hannah began riding, but it wasn’t until she turned fourteen that her love for the sport surfaced.
"I loved being around the animals, and as a kid, taking care of different ponies and hanging out at the barn all day," she told The Hollywood Reporter. "As I progressed in the sport, I fell in love with the competition itself."
Once she graduated from college, Hannah took up a public relations internship, but six months in she decided to pursue her career as equestrian full time. A small boutique breeding stable in Hidden Valley later followed.
"My dad encouraged it a lot," she said. "He liked the idea of developing the babies and developing young horses, so he was a big supporter of this idea."
Jillie and Tom tried to raise Hannah as normal as possible given her dad’s fame, and her love for horses allowed her to carve out her own life, separate to that of her parents as she added, "As a kid [my parents] tried to raise me as normally as possible given my dad's line of work. Those horses have been a great way for me to have my own accomplishments outside of whatever my parents had done."
However, Hannah’s chosen profession comes with a fair amount of physical risks; after all, it is ranked as the third most dangerous sport.
Statistics provided by iGrow.org show that 6% of horseback riders land in hospital in a year, while 27% of those have already sustained a riding related injury within the last two years.
When it comes to fatal injuries, statistics showed that 128 out of every 100,000 riders die from an equine-related accident.
A factor that also contributes to statistics are the types of equine activities a rider partakes in. For example, a show jumper’s risks of sustaining a severe injury are much higher than that of a dressage rider.
But there are also other factors that can influence the amount and severity of injuries, and understanding the leading causes can significantly cut back on your chances of landing in the dust.
Riding a horse above your experience level can lead to disaster, as does an improper riding technique and lack of experience.
Using the right equipment that fits the horse properly is a must, along with wearing proper riding gear.
Equipment failures and poor environmental conditions, like bad footing or strong wind, can spook a horse which can also lead to a fall.
Despite the risks, horseback riding has provided many rewards for those that choose to indulge in their love for horses and to ride for centuries, and probably many more to come.
However, Tom Selleck is indulging in a project of his own and is reportedly working on his memoirs. While the publishing date unknown, fans can look forward to a half a century of Hollywood life, but also the parts separate from the cameras.
Tom Selleck’s memoir will be published by HarperCollins Publishers and is said to be on shelves sometime this year.