Is her father upset because she selected a different path than her father..?
Despite not wanting to retire fully, Tom Selleck gave in his life as a Hollywood actor for the quiet life of a rancher, but his daughter, Hannah Margaret, isn’t done building a reputation for herself. She hasn’t finished proving to us that she’s grown up and isn’t just a renowned actor’s child. And she’s taking things one step at a time…literally.
If you recently watched the Olympics and became a fan of equestrian, you might be interested in Hannah. She is an equestrian herself, having competed at the professional level.
She doesn’t appear to have ever competed in the Olympics, but it appears she inherited her father’s passion of horses. Continue reading to learn more about Selleck’s relationship with his daughter.
Selleck desired that Hannah have a normal childhood.
In 1988, Selleck and his wife Jillie Joan Mack had Hannah, their only child (Selleck also has an adopted son, Kevin). Her parents did not want her to grow up like other celebrity children because she was born in Hollywood.
So the Sellecks raised their daughter in Hidden Valley, a ranch south of Los Angeles. Selleck, in fact, took time away from his lucrative job to raise his family.
“I quit Magnum to have a family,” Selleck 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.” Hannah was able to grow up away from the spotlight on the ranch, where she developed a strong love for nature, yet her parents encouraged her to try new things. She was especially drawn to horseback riding, which she began at the age of four.
“I started at 4, and my parents just encouraged me to try all different things — dance, ice skating, soccer, lots of things that kids do,” she said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “I became more serious around the age of 12.” Then, around the age of 14, I excelled at ballet and horseback riding. At that point, I had to decide whether I wanted to excel at both. My passion was for horses.
That’s when I got serious about it.” Instead of being homeschooled, she attended high school in Los Angeles and began training at the Foxfield Riding School in Westlake Village, California, when she was 16. However, the family made decisions collectively. “We don’t do anything or make judgments without discussing each other”, according to Selleck.
“And if one of us makes a decision regarding Hannah, the other parent, even if you disagree, fully supports that decision.”
While she began competing as an amateur, she attended Loyola Marymount University and graduated in 2011 with a degree in communications. She didn’t like being away from her horses for long, so she went to work as an assistant trainer. ‘I would go ride five or six times a week, and it was approximately an hour and a half from Marina del Rey to the farm,’ she said. ‘I was always juggling it even through college.
She eventually established her own boutique breeding and training facility. At the age of 20, she was running the facility alongside her father, and they bought a stable in Los Angeles named Descanso Farm together. She has also competed professionally, winning the Silver Prix Championship, the Prix De States, the Longines Masters, and the Equitation Championship.
Hannah is also a model, having posed for Reviver Cosmetics, as well as a philanthropist. She has collaborated with organizations that strive to prevent people from kidnapping donkeys and selling their hides.
“I loved being around the animals, and as a kid, taking care of different ponies and hanging out at the barn all day,” she said in an interview with THR. “The entire riding culture.” I fell in love with you because you spend so much time one on one caring for the horses.”
Even though she did not pursue acting, her father was an inspiration to her.
The most important question for a celebrity child is whether or not they will follow in their parents’ footsteps. Even while Hannah did not follow in her father’s footsteps into Hollywood, she did inherit his work ethic.
‘Because [my parents are] both artists, they believe that in order to be great, you have to be very enthusiastic about what you do,’ she told Equestrian Living magazine this year. ‘They urged me to be enthusiastic about it and involved in it, and from there, it was up to me how much I wanted it. They always let me take the initiative.’
She has demonstrated a strong work ethic by running the family horse breeding store for many years. ‘We want to demonstrate that we can produce horses in the United States, having them on the ground as foals and raising them through the young horse classes,’ she explained. ‘I don’t have a large squad, so as the main rider, I like to focus on generating quality rather than quantity.’
Selleck recently confessed that he had one specific request for his daughter before assisting her in reaching her current position.
My father told me that if I finished university [at Loyola Marymount] and decided to pursue my passion, he would help support me, but that I would have to turn professional, giving up my amateur status, and work for top professionals in the sport to master my skill.
Ultimately, the demand pushed her even harder to fulfill her goals.
‘My father was quite supportive. He liked the idea of growing the infants and young horses, so he was a strong supporter of this idea,’ Hannah said of her facility’s operation. ‘They wanted me to locate and pursue my love.’ Hannah, on the other hand, clearly possesses the Selleck drive. Maybe one day they’ll be able to merge their love of Hollywood and equestrianism into a documentary or something. We’d keep an eye on it.