Wellington, FL- Victoria Colvin piloted her own mount My Way to the Pre-Green Hunter Level 1 3' division championship on Thursday morning at the 2016 Winter Equestrian Festival. Colvin topped the division with 30 points, winning two of the four over fences classes and the under saddle. Sandy Ferrell settled for the reserve tricolor honors aboard Hemmingway. Ferrell earned a first, second, and two third-place ribbons over fences for owner Stephanie Bulger.
Colvin of Loxahatchee, FL, recently acquired the seven-year-old Holsteiner gelding as part of her new string of hunters. She purchased him from Chad Keenum following a successful trial four months ago at Keenum's farm in Virginia. "He's been a darling to work with," Colvin commented about the pair's growing partnership. This week was Colvin's second outing with My Way. "It was quite good for his second show," Colvin remarked. "The first rounds of each day this week were a little spooky, but he actually jumped around pretty great."
Putting in flawless rounds on a green horse is always a challenge, but the windy conditions today added another obstacle for the horses and riders to contend with. "He's still a little spooky with the wind and everything, but he is very smooth across the ground," Colvin explained. "I was hoping he was going to win the second round!"
My Way is a pretty young horse and beautiful mover, and Colvin said that she recalls one of her famous junior hunter mounts when she rides My Way. "He reminds me of Ovation a little bit, especially in the way that he canters. He's quite smooth and pretty to look at," Colvin stated. "I just let him figure out himself. I make a big trot toward all the jumps so he can have a look at them and then I just let him do what he wants." Colvin plans to continue showing My Way in the Pre-Green Hunter division. If he continues to do well, she hopes to move him up to the 3'3" by the end of the year.
WEF 7 continues on Friday, featuring the $35,000 Illustrated Properties 1.45m Classic in the International Ring. The Platinum Performance USEF Show Jumping Talent Search will be the highlight in Ring 6. For more information and full results, please visit www.PBIEC.com.