Wellington, FL - February 27, 2011 - As week 7 comes to a close here at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, the 2011 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival, which runs through April 3, looks back on another successful week of competition. The younger section of Small Junior Hunters, presented by Martha Jolicoeur and Illustrated Properties, awarded their championship early this morning in the E.R. Mische Grand Hunter Ring.
Victoria Colvin of Loxahatchee, FL, rode Ariel to the championship honor this weekend. Neither her, nor her mount, Ariel, are new to the championship winner's circle. Scott Stewart, who also trains Colvin, owns Ariel, a six-year-old Brandenburg mare by Lancado.
The winning pair secured the tricolor honor this morning by winning a stunning four out of five classes in their division of nine entries. They placed fifth in the division's remaining class.
Colvin, arguably one of the best and busiest young riders here in Wellington, keeps very busy showing everything from pony hunters to the junior equitation classes. Furthermore, she does it all successfully and stays focused throughout. Colvin will remain busy throughout the rest of circuit showing numerous horses and ponies as the weeks continue.
The reserve champion today in the Small Junior 15 & Under Hunters, presented by Martha Jolicoeur and Illustrated Properties, was awarded to Bold Venture. Bold Venture is a thirteen-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, owned by the Zeidler Farm, all the way from Canada. Michael Hughes was aboard Bold Venture for the reserve championship honor. The pair secured the award by placing second in three classes and fourth in another class.
Stay tuned next week as the 2011 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival moves on to Week 8 of the winter circuit on March 2-6.
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Photo Credit: Victoria Colvin and Ariel are the Martha Jolicoeur & Illustrated Properties Small Junior Hunter 15 and Under champions during the seventh week of the 2011 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival. Photo © Sportfot, Official Sport Photographer of the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival, www.sportfot.com.