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Colvin Earns Grand Junior Hunter Championship At The Hampton Classic Junior hunters earn tricolors in Anne Aspinall Ring.

August 31, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

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Bridgehampton, NY-August 30, 2013 -Just as she did in 2012, Victoria Colvin won two junior hunter championships on two horses owned by Dr. Betsee Parker and trained by Scott Stewart. Her victors were even the same two horses-Ovation won the Grand Junior Hunter Championship after winning the Small Junior Hunter, 15 and Under title, and Way Cool won the Large Junior Hunter Championship, 15 and Under title.


Way Cool also earned the Junior Hunter High-Score Award for scoring 92 points in one round.


“He really likes this ring-I think he likes the grass- and he jumps great in it,” said Colvin, 15, of Wellington, Fla.


Colvin has been riding Ovation and Way Cool for more than three years at Stewart’s barn. “They’re really easy and really fun, and they’re both usually perfect at every show,” she said.


Way Cool’s secret to success is that “he puts his ears forward and jumps really good.” Ovation’s secret to success is that “he’s a really great mover and such a great jumper.”


Colvin said that the two geldings have some common personality traits. For one thing, Ovation and Way Cool are each showmen, almost prima donnas.  “They’re both cranky when other horses get near them, but they think people are their friends,” she said.


Outside the ring, they’re each predictably steady to ride, and “you never really know what you’re going to get when you go in the ring, but they’ve both gotten much better. But they still go in the ring and wake up.”


Lillie Keenan, 16, won the Large Junior Hunter, 16-17, Championship on Walk The Line. The tricolor ribbon was the latest in a series of victories for Keenan, of New York, N.Y., at the 38th Hampton Classic. On Tuesday she won the $20,000 Hampton Classic Time Challenge, and on Thursday she won the Sam Edelman Equitation Championship. She’s riding eight different horses in the jumper, hunter and equitation divisions.


“Walk The Line is a quirky horse, but a whole lot of fun,” said Keenan. She started riding the gelding in early 2013-her friend Meg O’Mara had previously owned him but aged out of the junior division and sold him to trainer Don Stewart. Keenan said she she’d watched O’Mara ride him often, and now she leases him to show.


“He jumps unlike any other horse I’ve ever ridden-he really fires over the jumps. At every fence he gives a crazy effort and jumps a 10, if not an 11. He really wants to win,” Keenan said.


The 38th annual Hampton Classic Horse Show runs through Sunday, September 1 and features world-class show jumping competition, as well as magnificent shopping and a variety of entertainment attractions.  The Classic features six show rings with more than 100 classes of competition for horses and riders of all ages.  A wide range of jumper, hunter, equitation, short stirrup and leadline classes are all part of the Classic’s schedule, as well as competitions for riders with disabilities.


The Classic features an FEI-recognized Grand Prix on three consecutive days – the $50,000 Spy Coast Farm/Young Horse Show Series Grand Prix Qualifier Presented by Longines on Friday, the $40,000 Longines Cup on Saturday, and the $250,000 FTI Grand Prix and FEI World Cup™ Qualifier on Sunday.  The world-class field of riders will also be looking to win the new Longines Rider Challenge that awards $30,000 to the rider who accumulates the most points in the horse show’s Open Jumper division.


The FTI Grand Prix is part of the Taylor Harris Triple Crown Challenge which awards a $200,000 bonus should the same horse-and-rider combination win the $100,000 Wells Fargo Grand Prix of Devon, $250,000 FTI Grand Prix at the Hampton Classic, and $250,000 Alltech Grand Prix at the Alltech National Horse Show.  McLain Ward won the Wells Fargo Grand Prix of Devon on Rothchild  in May and now stands to win the $200,000 bonus should he ride Rothchild to wins in the remaining two events in the Taylor Harris Triple Crown Challenge.


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 telecasts can also be seen online at


Free live webcasts of all  Grand Prix Ring competition will be available, courtesy  of ShowNet, at Competition in other rings will be available on a pay-per-view basis at


Further information on the Hampton Classic Horse Show, please visit the Hampton Classic website at or call (631) 537-3177.  Hampton Classic Horse Show, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation.



Victoria Colvin rode Dr. Betsee Parker’s Ovation to win the Grand Junior Hunter Championship at the Hampton Classic. (Shawn McMillen photo)


Victoria Colvin Ties for Grand Junior Hunter Championship with Way Cool and Ovation at Capital Challenge Horse Show

October 07, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

Upper Marlboro, MD – October 7, 2011 – The Capital Challenge Horse Show wrapped up another year of fantastic competition today and finished with younger junior and children’s hunters. Victoria Colvin rode two horses owned by Dr. Betsee Parker – Way Cool and Ovation – to the Grand Junior Hunter Championship sponsored by Lochmoor Stables/Mindy and Greg Darst, while the Grand Children’s Hunter Championship was also a tie between Lily Blavin on Pringle and Daisy Farish with Northwind Marin. The Capital Challenge Horse Show is held at the Prince George’s Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, MD.

Colvin and Ovation, an 11-year-old Warmblood gelding, won through their championship performance in the Small Junior Hunter 15 & Under division, sponsored by Cynthia Williams/New England Farm. They also tied with Way Cool for the High Point Junior Hunter 15 & Under, sponsored by Geddaway Farm. Ovation and Colvin won two classes and picked up a third place.

With the same ribbons, Colvin and Way Cool, a 10-year-old Hanoverian gelding by Embassy, took the Large Junior 15 & Under championship.



Victoria Colvin and Ovation. © Shawn McMillen Photography

For her Grand Junior Hunter win, Colvin was presented with The Spontaneous Perpetual Trophy donated by the Listrani Family. Colvin was named the Best Junior Rider, an award sponsored by Karen Healey and Karen Healey Stables. The EMO Junior Trip of the show went to Colvin and Way Cool, who had a 91.

The reserve champion in the Small Junior 15 & Under Hunters was Whatever, ridden by Vivian Yowan and owned by Saddle Ridge LLC. They placed first, second, second, and fifth in the division. Lightning Z, ridden by Meredith Darst and owned by Lochmoor Stables, was reserve champion in the Large Junior 15 & Under Hunters after they placed first and third.



Victoria Colvin and Way Cool. © Shawn McMillen Photography

Colvin, who rides as a 14-year-old, was able to rebound from an uncharacteristic bad day yesterday to win all of the junior hunter awards today. When asked about her mindset coming into today, she said, “You just try to do better. I don’t think I could have done worse than yesterday, so it’s only up from there!”

Even today, Colvin won the first class on Way Cool with a 91, then returned for the second class where Way Cool decided he didn’t like the scoreboard at the end of the ring. Laughing and knowing the daily life with horses, Colvin kept a positive attitude.

“Both of them are quirky,” she revealed, “but that’s what makes them good, I think. Like Way Cool, he went good in the first trip and it was the exact same thing in the second trip, and he wouldn’t go down to the end of the ring. But I think that’s what makes their personality. I like it. If you have a perfect horse, it gets boring. You’ve got to have some action, right?”



Victoria Colvin with Ovation and Tim Boulton with Way Cool
in the Grand Junior Hunter presentation. © Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.

Of winning the grand championship for the second year in a row, she stated, “It’s pretty awesome. Just being grand with one would be great, but with both is even better. I like winning, and it doesn’t get old. But anything can happen, so it’s great to win here again. I could easily have not done well. If Way Cool didn’t jump well in the first class today, then it would have been over. Ovation’s last trip was stressful. If he didn’t win, I wouldn’t have been champion. Vivian was really good the whole week and I wasn’t. If I was second, she would have been champion.”

Colvin ended her day by winning the $2,500 WCHR Junior Challenge, sponsored by The Caldwell and Graves Families, on Inclusive owned by Dr. Betsee Parker.

Children’s Hunter Champions Awarded

The Grand Children’s Hunter Championship, sponsored by Mary Jane King, was another tie between the Children’s Hunter Pony winner from yesterday, Northwind Marin and Daisy Farish, and today’s Children’s Hunter 14 & Under Section B champions, Pringle and Lily Blavin. They were presented with the Laura Pickett Memorial Trophy, donated by Julie Karpan. Farish and Blavin also tied for the Best Children’s Hunter Rider Award, sponsored by Wild Sky Farm and The Nelson Family.



Pringle and Lily Blavin and Daisy Farish with Northwind Marin
in their Grand Children’s Hunter presentation. © Parker/Russell – The Book LLC

Lily Blavin, who is 14 years old and from Scottsdale, AZ, and Pringle finished first in the under saddle and won an over fences class in their division. The reserve champion was Color Up, ridden by Jacqueline Watts, who won an over fences class.

Blavin and Pringle, a 10-year-old Oldenburg gelding by Radiator, have been paired for sixth months. She described her relationship with the experienced campaigner, “He’s so smooth and so sweet. He jumps well and is such a good horse. It’s great to ride an experienced horse. He knows his way around. It’s fun and I love him.”

This is Blavin’s first time at Capital Challenge and she noted that she appreciated the good footing, pretty jumps, and size of the arena. Coming to the East Coast was another bonus. “I like seeing my old friends here and it’s competitive,” she said. Of winning here, she added, “I’m so happy. I’m dreamed of this, and it’s just incredible.”



Lily Blavin and Pringle. © Parker/Russell – The Book LLC

Yesterday’s champions, Daisy Farish and Northwind Marin, were able to also win an over fences class and under saddle. Farish rode for owner Prue Richardson and trainer Bill Schaub. Schaub has been working with the talented green pony for a year and a half. This was the pony’s fifth horse show. Schaub said, “I didn’t expect he would be ready to do this. It’s only his fifth horse show; he had no right to win. But then he walks in and gets an 89.5. He got a 65 in second round though, his greenness came out. Then he won the under saddle! We put him the division for good mileage, never thinking that he would win!”

Schaub said that Northwind Marin is a homebred for Prue Richardson. “Prue has bred a lot of beautiful ponies. It’s a nice feather in that pony’s cap. He just paid attention and put it all together at the right time. Molly Sewell has worked really hard on that pony and they are taking their time with him. He’s going to be an awesome pony. He’s just six, and he has all the quality in the world.”

Farish and Northwind Marin won the EMO Trip of the Show in the Children’s divisions when they scored an 89.62. Victoria Colvin won the Overall EMO Performance of the Show when she scored a 92.5 with Way Cool in the Performance Hunter 3’6” division.

The Children’s Hunter 14 & Under Section A championship went to Statement, ridden by 13-year-old Lili Hymowitz of New York, NY, for owners Rose Hill Farm and Carolyn Dishuck. They placed second, second, and fifth. The reserve champion was Sirius Black, ridden by Madison Goetzmann for Christina Gellos. They received second, third, and fourth place ribbons.

Hymowitz has been riding Statement, a six-year-old Westphalian gelding by Christiano, for only two months. “He’s pretty much like the perfect horse,” she said with a smile. “He moves amazing and jumps amazing, and he’s super brave and the most fun horse.”



Lili Hymowitz and Statement. © Parker/Russell – The Book LLC

This is Hymowitz’s first year riding horses, but she still also rides ponies. It’s her second time at Capital Challenge. Of her win, she said, “I think it means a lot. It’s nice to have a boost and know you can do it. It’s a lot of hard competition here, so it’s nice to be able to win.”

The Children’s Hunter 15-17 championship went to Golden Opportunity, a seven-year-old Mecklenburg gelding ridden by Julian Curry for Taylor Curry. They placed first and second in the division. With the same ribbons, Ashley Cross and Arabella tied with Curry, and there was a hack-off to determine the champion. Arabella was named reserve champion in the division.



Julian Curry and Golden Opportunity trot to victory
in the championship hack-off. © Parker/Russell – The Book LLC

At 18 years old, this is Curry’s final junior year. The local rider from Upper Marlboro, MD, trains with Rachel Kennedy of ESP Farm, and he was excited to win a championship at Capital Challenge.

Curry won last year’s WCHR Children’s Hunter Challenge on a different horse. He started on Golden Opportunity after his sister Taylor took a break from riding. They have had success and tricolors at other horse shows, including Upperville and Maryland Horse and Pony. Curry said that the horse is “the best and most fun horse to ride.” He added, “He’s easygoing and light in the mouth. He can get a little low, but you just need to sit up and ride him to the base of the jump and let him jump up. Then you should be successful with him.”

He said of his win, “It feels good, especially since we had the work-off. It was a little tense. I’m really excited because he’s a good horse and he deserves it.”

The freshman at Georgetown University plans to move up to the 3’6” Amateur-Owner Hunters next year or may take a venture into the jumper ring. At this year’s Capital Challenge, he was named the recipient of the Stewart-Warner Cup for Children’s Riders. Lili Hymowitz won the award for pony riders, while Vivian Yowan won the award for junior riders.



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Julian Curry, Vivian Yowan, and Lili Hymowitz in the Stewart-Warner Cup presentations

The winner of the $1,500 WCHR Children’s Challenge, sponsored by Stephanie Riggio and MeadowView, was Noble Blue, ridden and owned by Kristen Bowman. The winner of the $2,500 WCHR Pony Challenge was Sassafras Creek, ridden by Daisy Farish for Bibby Farmer-Hill.  Novelette and Caroline Dance won the $1,000 Junior World Champion Hunter Under Saddle.

Correction: In yesterday’s press release, the reserve champion in the Small Junior 16-17 Hunters, Parkland, was ridden by Shawn Casady.

The Capital Challenge Horse Show would like to thank all of its exhibitors, sponsors, and staff for a wonderful and successful show, and they look forward to another in 2013. For full results and more information, please visit

About Capital Challenge
In its 19th year, the Capital Challenge Horse Show sets itself apart with a distinct and unique focus on preeminent hunter competition. Held each autumn at the Prince George’s Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, MD, this year’s show will take place on September 29-October 7.

Top competitions include the ARIAT National Adult Medal Finals and the THIS National Children’s Medal Finals, along with the Capital Challenge Equitation Weekend, presented by In addition to these prestigious equitation events, the Capital Challenge Horse Show will once again host the World Champion Hunter Rider Finals and will assemble the country’s best horses and riders to compete in junior, amateur, and professional hunter classes.

For more information, please visit or visit the Capital Challenge Horse Show page  on Facebook!

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