Lake Placid, New York - July 7, 2013 - Victoria Colvin of Loxahatchee, FL rode Betsee Parker's Inclusive to the win in the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Presented by Eastern Hay & Purina Animal Nutrition at the 36th annual I Love New York Horse Show, Presented by Sea Shore Stables, LLC. This marks the second straight year that Colvin and Inclusive have taken the title.
Colvin and Inclusive dominated the competition, winning both the first round with a score of 194 points and the Handy Round with a score of 207 for a two-round total of 401. That score gave the 15-year-old Colvin and Inclusive a comfortable margin over second-place finisher Kristy Herrera and Temptation, owned by Autumn Janesky, who scored 378.
Third place went to David Oliynyk and Generous, owned by Lori Gaudet, who finished with 367. "Inclusive is just so easy to ride," said Colvin of her long-time partner on whom she has achieved legendary success. "He sees the jump, powers up and just jumps it. He's always so happy; he's pretty much the easiest horse you could ever ride."
Colvin had a highly successful two weeks in Lake Placid. In addition to taking the Derby and Grand Junior Hunter Championship honors, she also rode Don Juan in the High Junior Jumper division and won the Classic and the Championship both weeks. "While I enjoy every class, I do like the jumpers a little more," she said. "I find them more exciting than the hunter classes, although I would say that the Derbies are pretty fun."
Prior to the Derby, Megan MacPherson of Boulder, CO won the Kathy Scholl Equitation Classic. McPherson topped a field of 23 riders who earned their places in the Classic based on their finishes over the Lake Placid and I Love New York Horse Shows in the Pessoa U.S. Hunt Seat Medal, ASPCA/NHS Maclay Horsemanship, Platinum Performance USEF Show Jumping Talent Search, National PHA Equitation and WIHS Equitation classes.
MacPherson won with a score of 181 points, edging the 177 turned in by Lauren Tyree who placed second. T.J. O'Mara finished third and Charlotte Jacobs was fourth in the class that was held over a modified Derby course in the all-grass Richard M. Feldman Grand Prix Field. "The course was really nice," said MacPherson. "Sometimes it can be daunting going into a big ring like that but they kept it nice and made it really friendly."
The Levy Family sponsored the awards for the Classic and every ribbon winner received a pair of D-Teq Boots by EquiFit. Stacia Madden and Max Amaya received the Trainer Award.
Other winners on the final day of show jumping's two-week stay in Lake Placid included Lilly Higgins on Danny Cool in the P.F. Farm NAL & WIHS Children’s Jumper Classic (14 & under); Alexandra Murphy on Sante in the P.F. Farm NAL & WIHS Children’s Jumper Classic (15-17); Gina Calicchio on Chacca Blue in the Champlain Valley Equipment NAL & WIHS Adult Jumper Classic (18-40); Lucy Mitchell-Innes on Riley II in the Champlain Valley Equipment NAL & WIHS Adult Jumper Classic (over 40); and Haley Schaufeld on Ana Sia in the Y106.3 Low Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic.