Bridgehampton, NY - September 3, 2011 - Victoria Colvin, 13, of Loxahatchee, FL, took top honors on Inclusive, owned by Scott Stewart, in the Inaugural $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at the 36th Annual Hampton Classic Horse Show in Bridgehampton, NY, on Saturday. Colvin finished third in Round One and first in the Handy Hunter for an overall score of 398.500 points.
Colvin’s trainer, Scott Stewart of Wellington, FL, finished second, third, and fourth, receiving an overall score of 396.00 on Dedication, owned by Fashion Farm, third on Garfield with an overall score of 378.500 points, owned by Steeplechase Farm, Inc., and fourth on Declaration, also owned by Fashion Farm.
The Handy Hunter course included several options for bonus points and Colvin took them all with “Captain,” as he is affectionately called. “I wanted to take all the options in the Handy,” said Colvin. “They had really tight turns, so it was a little tough, but I wanted to take all of them.”
Colvin was surprised that she finished ahead of her trainer. “Scott had five in the class and he had three left after I went, so I was surprised that I won,” said Colvin. “Scott is always amazing.” Stewart was not surprised. “She and Captain are always hard to beat," said Stewart. “I was really happy for them.” Stewart was also happy that the Hunter Derby made it to the Classic. "This is one of our favorite shows," said Stewart. "Its great to have the Derby here because it is so good for the sport."
One of the most prestigious horse shows in the nation, the Hampton Classic managed to keep almost its entire competition schedule, albeit compressed from eight days into five. The Classic runs through Sunday, September 4 when it culminates with the $250,000 FTI Grand Prix and FEI World Cup Qualifier.
The Classic’s revised show schedule is available on line at the Hampton Classic website at www.hamptonclassic.com. The Classic is also providing frequent updates on its Facebook page.
For those who can’t make it to the show grounds, 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 online at www.wvvh.tv.