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Victoria Colvin Dominates Hunter Divisions at Deeridge Derby Weekend



Lenore Phillips and Devaney Iglesias

Reporting from Wellington, Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, Wellington, Florida
Friday, March 3, 2017 :: Posted 07:46:12 PM EST


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© Lenore Phillips: Victoria Colvin and Cuba won the $5,000 USHJA Hunter Derby Welcome at the Deeridge Hunter Derby WeekendVictoria Colvin won the $5,000 International Hunter Derby Welcome Stake with Cuba to kick-off hunter derby competition at the Deeridge Derby Weekend on Friday. The pair is pictured with Jennifer Burger (left), president of the USHJA Foundation, and Katie Jacobs-Robinson (right), president of the Deeridge Derby Weekend.

Wellington, Fla. – March 3, 2017 – Hunter derby competition heated up on Friday at Deeridge Derby Weekend, held at the beautiful Deeridge Farms. The $5,000 International Hunter Derby Welcome Stake, presented by the World Equestrian Center, hosted a total of 44 horse and rider combinations on the pristine Hollow Brook Wealth Management Grand Prix Field. Victoria Colvin and Cuba came out on top, followed closely by Kristy Herrera aboard Candid.
 
The class gave riders the opportunity to take their horses around the derby field for the first time before this weekend's feature class, the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby presented by the World Equestrian Center. Colvin, whose first mount had an unfortunate refusal, kept her cool and came back after the break and bested the scores of Scott Stewart, Peter Pletcher and Kelly Farmer.

© Lenore Phillips: Victoria Colvin and Cuba won the $5,000 USHJA Hunter Derby Welcome at the Deeridge Hunter Derby Weekend
Victoria Colvin and Cuba

"This was a really fun class to win," Colvin said. "I have never ridden on the grass here. It was actually a large course, which I didn't expect, but Cuba was amazing. It's a great way to start."
 
The 10-year-old Warmblood gelding, owned by Brad Wolf of Memphis, Tennessee, made the large course look like a walk in the park, earning a score of 90 from the judges.
 
"He is so easy going, so I knew he was probably going to go in there and just go right around," Colvin remarked. "I didn't think I was going to win, but winning was great!"
 
Hot on Colvin and Cuba's heels was Herrera aboard Jennifer Alfano's Candid. The pair, who trotted onto the field directly after Colvin and Cuba's near-perfect performance, had an almost equally impressive round with a score of 89.

© Lenore Phillips: Kristy Herrera piloted Candid to a second place finish
Kristy Herrera and Candid

Alfano was thrilled with her horse's round, considering how new he is to derby-style competition.
 
"I thought he was unbelievable!" gushed Alfano. "This is only his second derby, and he has never been on a grass field and he was just awesome."
 
Herrera was equally pleased with Candid and thought the course was the perfect way to prepare for Saturday and Sunday's competition.
 
"The course was very nice and inviting. I think they did a great job getting everyone out there for a nice welcome class," Herrera said.
 
Sara Green and Carento, owned by Sherri Crawford, rounded out the top three placings in the class with a score of 88.

Colvin had little time to rest before dominating the leaderboard in the following 3' Deeridge Hunter Derby Warm-Up. The professional athlete had five horses entered in the division and rode three of them into the top five with first, second and fifth place finishes in a class that hosted 54 competitors.

© Devaney Iglesias:
Victoria Colvin and Fonteyn won the 3' Deeridge Hunter Derby Warm-Up on Friday.

"It's pretty easy," Colvin said about the multiple rides. "I find it fun. It's more fun for me to get on one and get on the next then have to wait for 25 trips. It gets a little boring, and they're all pretty simple. It's easy to adapt to all of them. They all give a special ride, but thankfully, they're not too hard."

After the break, halfway through the class, Colvin entered the arena aboard Laura Karat's grey Polish Sport Horse, Harper Lee, and set the score to beat with an 88. As the crowd waited for Colvin to close out the class, she entered the ring in the irons of John and Stephanie Ingram, LLC's Fonteyn. After her trip around the Skip Bailey-designed course, she exited as the announcer called out the score.  

© Devaney Iglesias: Victoria Colvin and Fonteyn

"With a score of 89, Victoria Colvin and Fonteyn slide into first place," Brian Lookabill announced.

As Colvin dismounted the bay German Sport Horse, she was welcomed with applause and gratitude from two pleased owners, who posed for pictures with their ribbons and fabulous horses.

Although Colvin only just started riding both horses at the beginning of the winter season, she has established a relationship with them and has learned their quirks.

"Fonteyn is a bit quirky sometimes," Colvin explained. "On my way to the first jump, she saw the golf cart coming behind her. I could see her ear twitch back telling me, 'There's something chasing me.' She contained herself, but that's her little thing. She gets a little worried and holds her head to the side. Harper Lee is straightforward and knows her job. She's just a baby."

© Devaney Iglesias:
Victoria Colvin and Harper Lee

In the Deeridge Jumper Ring on Friday, Samantha Johnson took home the first win of the day in the 1.10m Jumpers aboard her own Gallant in 31.690 seconds, besting second place finishers, Lily Alice Foregger and Elizabeth Hinckley's Zento VDV, by 1/10th of a second after they crossed the finish line in 31.759 seconds. Next in the 1.20m Jumpers, Brittany Hildebrand and Mindy Hildebrand's Eldorado claimed the win in 35.811 seconds. Joe Fargis and Mary B. Schwab's Last Dance followed in second place in 40.839 seconds. Closing out jumper competition for the day was Deeridge Farms' own Charlotte Jacobs and North Star's Darthus, who won the $2,500 1.30m Jumpers. The pair produced the only clear jump-off round out of five in 38.600 seconds, while Chloe Reid and Hidden Brook Farm's Barcelona were the fastest of the 4-faulters in 39.705 seconds for second place honors.

Hunter derby competition will continue on Saturday with the $5,000 3' Deeridge Hunter Derby, presented by Sock Inc., at 10 a.m. in the Hollow Brook Wealth Management Grand Prix Field followed by the first round of the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, presented by the World Equestrian Center, beginning at 2:30 p.m.

In addition, the Deeridge Jumper Ring will kick-off on Saturday at 8 a.m. with the 1.10m, 1.20, $2,000 1.25m and $2,500 1.30m Jumpers.
 
Entries are still being accepted for the $2,500 Deeridge Pony Derby to be held in the Hollow Brook Wealth Management Grand Prix Field on Sunday, March 5.
 
JustWorld International and the Deeridge Derby Weekend have teamed up to bring exciting family entertainment to Wellington at the JustWorld Kid Zone. The JustWorld Kid Zone is free and will be held during the Deeridge Derby Weekend on Saturday, March 4, and Sunday, March 5. There will be many fun activities for the whole family to get involved in including a pony kissing booth, horseless horse show, egg hunt and more!

Results: $5,000 International Hunter Derby Welcome Stake, presented by the World Equestrian Center

1 673 CUBA VICTORIA COLVIN BRAD WOLF 90.000
2 723 CANDID KRISTY HERRERA JENNIFER ALFANO 89.000
3 665 CARENTO SARA GREEN SHERRI CRAWFORD 88.000
4 678 EDITORIAL MEAGAN MURRAY-TENUTA REBECCA PRICE 86.000
5 714 BREEZE HAVENS SCHATT JOHN YOZELL 85.750
6 668 COMISSARIO LAURA SEXTON LAURA SEXTON 85.500
7 711 MOSTLY SUNNY HAVENS SCHATT CH FARM LLC 85.000
8 738 CHARISMA TAYLOR ST JACQUES HERITAGE FARM INC. 84.500
9 848 IN THE KNOW SAMANTHA SCHAEFER MADELINE SCHAEFER 84.250
10 672 AIRPORT 48 JOHN INGRAM JOHN & STEPHANIE INGRAM LLC 84.000
11 841 WONDERLY SCOTT STEWART BETSEE PARKER 83.750
12 736 CLEARLINE Z PATRICIA GRIFFITH PATRICIA GRIFFITH 83.500
13 680 ROCK HARBOR LOUISE SERIO JENNIFER BURGER 83.000
14 773 GALAN AMBER HENTER MAARTEN HUYGENS 81.000
 
Results: 3' Deeridge Hunter Derby Warm-Up
1 622 FONTEYN VICTORIA COLVIN JOHN & STEPHANIE INGRAM LLC 89.000         
2 656 HARPER LEE VICTORIA COLVIN LAURA KARET 88.000         
3 651 CZAR-Z CHRISTINA SERIO AMY GUTH 87.000         
4 862 ILLUSION AUGUSTA IWASAKI  IWASAKI & REILLY 86.500         
5 655 CALIBER VICTORIA COLVIN  LAURA KARET 86.000         
6 799 HOLDEN CHRISTOPHER PAYNE SUSAN MORICONI 85.000         
7 767 DANDELION KATHERINE NEWMAN ALLWYN COURT 84.000         
8 616 CURB APPEAL AMY MOMROW MONTY KELLY 83.000         
9 659 CUCINELLI CAROLINE WEEDEN GLORY DAYS FARM LLC 82.000         
10 682 FERNELLI CAROLINE WEEDEN PIPER BENJAMIN 81.500         
11 618 AS PROMISED KRISTI HERRERA MERALEX FARM INC. 81.000         
12 624 LYONS CREEK BELLINI VICTORIA COLVIN JOHN & STEPHANIE INGRAM LLC 80.500
13 753 SUGARMAN JENNIFER BLISS HARRIS HILL FARM LLC 80.000          
14 772 HERODIOS V CHARLOTTE JACOBS NORTH STAR 79.500

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