Wellington, FL - The first division of Junior Hunters finished competing today when the Large Junior Hunter 15 & Under Championship was presented to Victoria Colvin and Scott Stewart's Blessed. She also earned the reserve championship aboard Way Cool, also owned by Scott Stewart. Colvin won every single class offered in the Large Junior Hunter 15 & Under division this weekend with her two mounts.
Colvin, of Loxahatchee, FL, has been one of the most successful young hunter riders throughout the circuit, and her victories have been numerous. She has been champion in everything from the Medium Pony Hunters to the Large Junior Hunters, and has done so consistently for the past eleven weeks of the 2010 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival. Her many accomplishments this year are remarkable, especially for a twelve-year-old rider.
Today's course in the E.R. Mische Grand Hunter ring allowed hunters to showcase their abilities, and featured a long run to a single oxer where hunters could demonstrate a flowing hand gallop, a loose bending line, and a long run to an in-and-out.
Blessed is a new ride for Colvin, who has only ridden the mare a couple times prior to this weekend. "It's about my second time riding her. I really haven't ridden her that long, but she seems really easy," Colvin explained.
"She's greenish, but she's so easy to ride. She has the most comfortable canter ever. She's brave, and she's very simple," said owner Scott Stewart, who also shows the mare in the First Year Green Hunters. Blessed placed first, second, second, and third over fences, as well as first in the under saddle to accumulate 36 points for the championship.
Stewart bought Blessed, a six-year-old Holsteiner, from Derek Braun during the first week of the 2010 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival. She has only shown in about six horse shows in her entire life, so it is especially impressive that she is able to win at such a prestigious level of competition.
Colvin also won three classes and placed third over fences aboard Way Cool (left) to earn the reserve championship. Way Cool is an eight-year-old that Stewart has owned since the gelding was two years old. Colvin usually competes with Way Cool, but he does double duty in the Second Year Green Working Hunters with Stewart from time to time. "They're both fun to have," smiled Stewart about his winning mounts.
The 2010 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival has 12 weeks of top competition running from January 13 through April 4. WEF is run by Equestrian Sport Productions, LLC, and Wellington Equestrian Partners and held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. All 12 shows are "AA" rated and Jumper Rated 6, and more than $5.5 million in prize money will be awarded.
Photo Credits: Victoria Colvin Rode Blessed to the Large Junior Hunter 15 & Under Championship at the 2010 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival. © 2010 Randi Muster/Mustphoto, Inc., www.mustphoto.com, Official Sport Photographer of the 2010 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival.