Tom Selleck is one of the more popular actors in Hollywood. A veteran of over five decades in the industry, the actor has achieved a lot both professionally and personally as he has been married for over 30 years, a rare accomplishment in an industry with a relationship turnover rate in the 90 percentiles. That marriage, to actress Jillie Mack, has among many beautiful moments of companionship, produced a daughter, Hannah Margaret Selleck.
Hannah has opted to chart a different course for her life as she has been a competitive showjumper since she was a teenager. She embraced the equestrian lifestyle with a daily routine that includes waking up early, straddling her horses for an early morning ride from her home in West Los Angeles to her farm near Thousand Oaks, California. In over 25 years of competitive horse riding, Hannah has endured broken bones and bruises, a life you’d not necessarily associate with a beautiful blonde born into Hollywood royalty.
Early Life and Educational Background of Hannah Margaret Selleck
Hannah Margaret Selleck was born to Tom Selleck and Jillie Mack, two very visible faces in the entertainment circles of Hollywood. Her parents got married on the 7th of August, 1987. The story of her parents’ love has been told for more than thirty years, and in the midst of it, their daughter was born on the 16th of December 1988.
If you are familiar with the life of Tom Selleck, you would know that before he found love in the arms of Jillie Mack, he was married to the model, Jacqueline Ray. During this relationship, he adopted Kevin Shepard who later became known as Kevin Selleck, making him his first child and Hannah’s older brother.
After the birth of Hannah Margaret Selleck, her family moved to a ranch house in Thousand Oaks-Westlake Village. This ranch, which covered over 60 acres of land, informed the upbringing style of the young girl as she was raised around horses. She went on to attend Loyola Marymount University where she graduated with a degree in Communications. Upon graduation, Hannah had a stint working for a public relations firm in LA before she resigned to pursue a career as an Equestrian.
Hannah’s Decision To Pursue a Different Career From That of Her Parents
Its common knowledge that the career paths of parents have a huge bearing on the interests of a child. More often than not, children easily pick up an interest in a field of endeavor common in the family. For Hannah Margaret Selleck, however, that has not been the case as she has never contemplated a career in acting rather, she has always preferred an outdoor life and held a long time passion for horses.
Being raised on a ranch exposed her to a lot of outdoor activities and by the time she was four years old, she had developed an affinity towards horses and was already riding and taking care of them. Before her late teens, Hannah had taken classes on ice skating, soccer, and was doing well as a ballet dancer. So while the rest of her family walked red carpets and smiled to the cameras, she stayed back on the farm tending to horses.
Hannah was later enrolled at the acclaimed Foxfield Riding School in Westlake Village, California. Here, her passion for horses and wildlife was channeled in a prospective career in horseriding. When she turned 16, she began training with the accomplished Karen Healey whose track record training numerous champion hunters and jumpers and riders meant she was destined for great things.
While Hannah Margaret Selleck will be the first not to introduce herself as a model, her exquisite figure and great looks have made her the subject of a couple of modeling campaigns. One of the brands she has represented or modeled for is the deodorant line, Reviver.
Hannah further has a philanthropic side to her. She is the ambassador for the charity, JustWorld International. She is also heavily involved with Brooke USA, a charity that is focused on improving the lives of mules, horses, and donkeys in developing countries.
She Has Won Medals at an Amateur Level and Competes at Elite Championships
Hannah Margaret Selleck has transformed her passion for the equestrian lifestyle into a bona fide career which she isn’t doing badly at. She has won team and individual gold medals at the North American Youth Championships and finished second at the 2007 Pessoa/USEF Medal Finals. She won her first Grand Prix at the 2010 Blenheim Summer Classic in California aboard her now-retired Belgian Warmblood mare named Tosca.
Hannah has won the Blenheim Summer Classic II Grand Prix, the Prix de States, and a couple more others. At the elite level, she has had top-five finishes in St. Moritz, Switzerland; Belgium; the Netherlands; and the Canadian Pacific Grand Prix at the 2015 Longines Masters of Los Angeles.
She Now Runs Her Own Horse Breeding Farm
Tom Selleck’s daughter’s decision to go into breeding started after one of her favorite horses, Tosca, retired. She was encouraged by her dad to breed the horse who had served her so well. That piece of advice has driven her to create her own boutique breeding and training enterprise which she launched in 2010.
Descanso Farm, which is situated atop a plain in Thousand Oaks, California, was born out of a desire to produce top-quality sport horses within the U.S. The farm bred six foals in its first four years of operation and since then they have ramped up breeding with a focus on quality over quantity. After Hannah Margaret Selleck’s foals are weaned, she worked out an arrangement where she sends them to Rancho Corazon in New Mexico to live out in large grass fields with other young horses and to simply enjoy being horses. From there, the young horses are started at Colts Unlimited in Wyoming before returning to Hannah to further their training and begin more work over fences. One of the more popular of her horses is Marla who she has run with at a Grand Prix.