FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Lexington, KY----- July 7, 2015----- Seventeen-year-old Victoria Colvin of Loxahatchee, FL, claimed the championship title in the 2015 USHJA Hunterdon Cup Equitation Classic, presented by Intermont Equestrian at Emory & Henry College, in the Dixon Ring at the Devon show grounds aboard Dr. Betsee Parker's 10 year-old bay Warmblood Clearway.
Victoria Colvin aboard Betsee Parker's Clearway in the Hunterdon Cup. Photo Credit: Cathrin Cammett Photography
After the first round, the judges had a difficult task before them as Victoria Colvin (with a score of 88) and Ashton Alexander (with a score of 89) were separated by just one point coming into the handy. Judge Jack Towell noted, "I think [Ashton] was just a little bit better than [Victoria] was. [Victoria] was just one step late on the change and maybe a little slow."
Moving into the handy round, Towell reflected on advice from the great Ronnie Mutch: "[Ronnie] always told me walk the handiest thing, then see what you can do, and Victoria knew she could do that. And then in the third round, it just worked out that all she had to be was just careful enough."
Trailing by one point, Colvin and Clearway laid down a near perfect handy round to score a 98, securing their place in the top four for the third and final round. With the option to call back up to 10 riders for additional testing in the third round, Towell and fellow judge Rachel Kennedy called back the top four riders: Victoria Colvin; Ashton Alexander, who led the first round; Coco Fath; and Shannnon Hogue.
Each rider came into the third round with combined first and second round scores of 175.5 or higher. Colvin and Alexander switched horses as did Fath and Hogue.
"Ashton told me her horse was a little sensitive, and he might buck after the jump. So, I thought, okay, well let's not use leg, but when I got on him in the schooling ring, he was sorta like a big pony. And, I love ponies and have a lot of experience with ponies. So, when I went in there, he sorta just marched along, and he was really easy to ride; so it was a fun ride.
"It is a lovely class to judge, and it was a good experience judging with Rachel," commented Towell. "It's just nice to judge these shows. It's an honor, and it's fun."
Colvin enjoyed the format of a class, too, noting, "I brought an equitation horse, but you could bring a hunter into that class, and I love that format."
Judge Rachel Kennedy commented on the top 10 riders, "It was nice to see kids and hear names that I had never heard before besides the usual top kids in that top 10. It was really, really nice and really good training. It's always any honor to watch Tori, and it's always an honor to watch Ashton; it was my pleasure to pin that class today."
Of 77 riders competing in the class, the following rounded out the top 10:
- Champion - Victoria Colvin, Loxahatchee, FL
- Reserve Champion - Ashton Alexander, Ocala, FL
- 3rd - Shannon Hogue, West Chester, PA
- 4th - Coco Fath, Fairfield, CT
- 5th - Annabel Revers, Weston, MA
- 6th - Thea Chafee, Potowomut, RI
- 7th - Samantha Cohen, New York, NY
- 8th - Victoria Press, New York, NY
- 9th - Hayley Iannotti, Wellington, FL
- 10th - Gabrielle Bendall, Glenmore, PA
At the conclusion of the third round, representatives from Intermont Equestrian at Emory & Henry College, Lisa Moosmueller-Terry and Heather McCloud were on hand to present each rider with a top 10 rider sash and saddle pad. As Champion, Colvin received: a cooler, an Essex Riding Shirt, a Charles Owen helmet, a Grand Prix riding jacket, one pair of Pikeur Breeches and Konigs tall boots provided by Grand Prix/Pikeur/Konigs, a set of VenTECH Leather Open Front Jumping Boots with a set of VenTECH Leather Ankle Boots provided by Professional's Choice and a keeper trophy to celebrate the perpetual trophy donated by Diane Carney and Lynn Jayne.
Victoria Colvin on Clearway receives the 2015 Hunterdon Cup awards. From left to right: Trainer Andre Dignelli, Essex Classics' Cathy Sacher, and Lisa Moosmueller-Terry and Heather McCloud of Intermont Equestrian at Emory & Henry College. Photo Credit: Cathrin Cammett Photography
Colvin's mount, Clearway, was awarded the Best Equitation Horse Award and received a set of VenTECH Leather Open Front Jumping Boots provided by Professional's Choice, a keeper trophy and a championship ribbon.
Alexander, as Reserve Champion, received an Essex Riding Shirt, a Charles Owen helmet, SG-Stretch Leather Gaite half chaps and Grand Prix Aquasport Zip paddock boots provided by Grand Prix/Pikeur/Konigs.
All top 10 riders received Essex Riding Shirts and USHJA saddle pads and rider sashes.
USHJA congratulates all the competitors on a safe and successful event. Special thanks to the Brandywine Horse Show team: Louise Serio, executive director; Jennifer Burger, sponsor relations; and Geoff Teall, competition manager. Thank you to all our sponsors: Intermont Equestrian at Emory & Henry College, Essex Classics, Grand Prix/Pikeur/Konigs, Charles Owen, Inc., Standlee Hay Company, Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital and Pharmacy, and Professional's Choice.
About the USHJA Hunterdon Equitation Cup Classic
The Hunterdon Cup, presented by Intermont Equestrian at Emory & Henry College, is an equitation class that combines the precision of equitation with the handiness of hunters. The Hunterdon Cup is open to Active USHJA junior members who have won a USEF Medal, ASPCA Maclay, USEF Show Jumping Talent Search, or Overall WIHS Equitation Classic between July 2 - July 1 of the qualifying year. The competition consists of three rounds over fences: the Hunter phase, the Handy ride and the work-off. The work-off is based on the combined scores from Rounds 1 and 2, with up to the top 10 riders returning to switch mounts for additional testing. For additional information about the USHJA Hunterdon Equitation Cup Classic, visit www.ushja.org/hunterdon.