Victoria Colvin Stars In Junior Hunter Ring at Hampton Classic

 Victoria Press rode Akinda to win the Small Junior Hunter, 15 & Under,  Championship at the Hampton Classic. (Shawn McMillen photo)
Victoria Press rode Akinda to win the Small Junior Hunter, 15 & Under, Championship at the Hampton Classic. (Shawn McMillen photo)

Bridgehampton, NY, Aug. 30, 2014 - Victoria Colvin of Loxahatchee, FL, earned the most awards in the Junior Hunter division at the Hampton Classic. Colvin, 16, was named the Grand Champion Junior Hunter Rider after winning the Small Junior Hunter, 16-17, Championship and Reserve Championship awards, the Large Junior Hunter, 16-17, Reserve Championship, and she ode two of the three horses who tied for the Junior Hunter High-Score Award.

Ovation won the Small Junior Hunter, 16-17, title over Canadian Blue. Dr. Betsee Parker of Middleburg, VA, owns both horses. This was the fourth time that Ovation has won the Raynes Perpetual Cup that goes to the winner of Small Junior Hunter Grand Championship, a feat never accomplished before.

Way Cool, also owned by Parker, won the Large Junior Hunter, 16-17, Reserve Championship, and he tied with Inclusive, owned by Parker, and Garfield, owned by Rose Hill Farm and ridden by Cloe Hymowitz, for the Junior Hunter High-Score Award and the Deanne Vallier Dominguez Memorial Trophy. All three horses achieved a class score of 88.

Hymowitz, of New York City, rode Garfield to the Large Junior Hunter, 16-17, Championship title. Her sister, Lilli, rode Enjoy to the Small Junior Hunter, 15 & Under, Reserve Championship and Tiffani to the Large Junior Hunter, 15 & Under, Reserve Championship. The Hymowitz sisters rode 15 horses at the Hampton Classic.

Colvin rode "nine or 10" horses at the Hampton Classic, in the hunter, equitation and jumper divisions. "It's easier to have a lot of horses to ride in a show than it is to have just one or two horses. If I only have a few, I stand around and do nothing all day," she said.

She said she doesn't think much about which division she's riding, about riding with a different method or style. But she does think about the horse she's riding and what kind of ride he or she needs.

Ovation, she said, "is more of a go-with-the-flow horse. I just let him flow around the ring. He's just fabulous."

Canadian Blue "is a lot greener. You have to hold his head up and sort of hold his hand."

Inclusive "is probably the easiest horse I have to ride. I love to show him."

Way Cool "is quirky, and he showed it here. He went in the first class and stopped. He had to take a look at the scenery, I guess." In 2013, Way Cool won the Large Junior, 15 & Under, Championship with Colvin aboard.

The key to riding all these horses, she said, is hearing her music playing, either in her ear or in her head. "I really sing everywhere I go. If I'm not riding in the ring, I have my music on on my phone, and then in the ring I keep singing and I ride to the beat," she said with a smile.

Parker said that she first observed Colvin's brilliance at age 8. "I said, "I have to have that child riding my small ponies,' and it's been that way ever since," said Parker.

The other Junior Hunter Champions were:
Small Junior Hunter, 15 & Under: Akinda, ridden by Victoria Press.
Large Junior Hunter, 15 & Under: Shoemaker, ridden by Madison Goetzman.

The Hampton Classic features six show rings, a Boutique Garden with more than 70 vendors, and a wide selection of dining options, on its 60-acre show grounds. The Classic's world-class equestrian competition attracts many of the nation's top professional and amateur riders including Olympic medalists.

The Classic's world-class field of Grand Prix riders competes daily in the Classic's open jumper division, which features an FEI-recognized Grand Prix on three consecutive days, Friday through Sunday, Aug. 29-31: the $50,000 Douglas Elliman Grand Prix Qualifier, presented by Longines, on Friday, the $40,000 Longines Cup on Saturday, and Sunday's $250,000 Grand Prix and FEI World Cup™ Qualifier, presented by Land Rover, a qualifying competition for the 2015 Longines FEI World Cup Final in Las Vegas next April.

The rider who accumulates the most points in the horse show's Open Jumper division wins the $30,000 Longines Rider Challenge.

For those who can't make it to the show grounds, a complimentary live webcast of all Grand Prix ring classes will air on the Hampton Classic website, produced by ShowNet and courtesy of Longines.

In addition, WVVH-TV, the official Long Island television station of the Hampton Classic, broadcasts up to five hours of competition and highlights each day during the Classic. These broadcasts can also be seen on line at www.wvvh.tv. Most of the Classic's other classes will also be available on ShowNet.biz.

Further information on the Hampton Classic Horse Show is available at the Hampton Classic website at www.hamptonclassic.com or by calling 631-537-3177. Hampton Classic Horse Show, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation.




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