Wellington, FL - March 26, 2011 - As the morning began at the 2011 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival today, the younger section of Large Junior Hunters, with twenty-one entries, took the main stage first in the E.R. Mische Grand Hunter Ring.
Ever present in championship presentations, Victoria Colvin and Scott Stewart's Inclusive were awarded the championship for this week's division of Large Junior Hunters 15 & Under. Colvin, of Loxahatchee, Florida, only began riding Inclusive, an eight-year-old Warmblood gelding, at the beginning of circuit this winter.
"He's really easy and fun, and he jumps really high!" beamed Colvin of her mount Inclusive. Inclusive's ability to jump high, and in such good form, makes him a stand out in any division he shows in. The technique of both Inclusive and Colvin earned them some impressive scores this week. The pair won three blue ribbons this week, and even received a score of 91 in one of the classes. They also received a score of 87.5 in another class, however, due to the extremely competitive nature of the division that was only good enough for a third.
Both riders, Colvin and Stewart, plan to continue riding and showing Inclusive through the summer. "I'll keep showing him in the juniors, and Scott will show him some too," explained Colvin. However, the main goal for Inclusive is that he will be a junior hunter mount for Colvin.
Another ever-present competitor in the hunter ring was awarded the reserve championship in the younger section of Large Junior Hunters this week. Lillie Keenan and the Chansonette Farm entry Madison came in a close second for overall points. The winning duo won one class, placed second in three classes, and was third in the remaining class to just miss the championship by two points.
Tomorrow, the Large Pony Hunters will be awarded their championship in Ring Twelve. Stay tuned for results.
Photo Credit: Victoria Colvin and Inclusive are the Large Junior Hunter 15 & Under champions during the eleventh week of the 2011 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival. Photo © Sportfot, Official Sport Photographer of the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival, www.sportfot.com.