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Inclusive and Victoria Colvin Capture 2012 USEF East Coast Junior Hunter Finals Grand Championship PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kendall Bierer   
Friday, 27 July 2012 17:26
ColvinThe sweat beaded off the competitors’ brow today at the Kentucky Horse Park. It was the final day of the USEF East Coast Junior Hunter Finals, and the final determinant would be the handy round. Today’s second round course determined both Champion and Reserve Champion for each division, as well as overall High Point Mare, Reserve Grand Champion and Grand Champion. It was Victoria Colvin and Inclusive who took the prestigious Grand Championship, adding their names to the perpetual trophy.

Today’s course was designed by Bobby Murphy and involved tight inside turns, bending lines, rollback combinations, an in-and-out, and a strong hand gallop over the final oxer. The course proved difficult for many, testing both horse and rider alike with natural fences, hedges and brush.

The Small 15 & Under Junior Hunters were first in the order of go, and it was 14-year-old Victoria Colvin aboard Ovation, owned by Dr. Betsee Parker, who posted a clear comeback from yesterday’s Classic Round to receive scores 92, 90 and 88 for a total of 270 points and the blue ribbon in the Handy Round. 
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Victoria Colvin and Inclusive Lead the Way During East Coast Junior Hunter Finals PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kendall Bierer   
Friday, 27 July 2012 17:23
ColvinThe Kentucky Horse Park was filled with anticipation as the top Junior riders in the nation gathered for the first day of the Kentucky Summer Horse Show to vie for the championship honors in the 2012 USEF East Coast Junior Hunter Finals. The entire year of competition has led to this point in their Junior career, with some continuing their dream to ride to the top of the ranks, and others keeping their fingers crossed as this year marks their final chance for the prestigious honor. After four divisions of competition, the lead is currently held by the Victoria Colvin and Inclusive, who posted the high score during the classic round in the Large 15 and Under Junior Hunter division, as well as the under saddle.

The skies threatened rain as riders arrived to walk the classic hunter course designed by Bobby Murphy of Lexington, KY. The opening round started with an option consisting of two natural brushes, one with a wider track, and the other providing a more straight-forward bend to the second obstacle, a natural vertical set near the in gate. Riders then continued forward in a bending line over an oxer, and with a right turn, they approached the difficult vertical-oxer combination. Although many took the short line with trepidation, the challenged continued as they were faced with another vertical-oxer line shortly after coming off of the outside turn. Bending from the second oxer, they took approached another oxer, and then finished on a diagonal over the seven-stride vertical-oxer line. 
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The Kentucky Summer Series will kick off with the Adequan FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC), presented by Gotham North, scheduled for July 17-22, 2012 at the Kentucky Horse Park. PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kendall Bierer   
Sunday, 20 May 2012 19:37
SummerToday marked the conclusion of the Kentucky Spring Classic, and there were nothing but blue skies to greet the Junior Hunter divisions as the morning got underway. Horse and rider combinations gathered to compete for the championship honors, as they went neck and neck for the remaining ribbons. Victoria Colvin and Ovation garnered the Small Junior 15 & Under Hunter Championship, the first division of the day. 

The Small Junior 15 & Under Hunters saw intense competition first thing in the morning, with junior riders returning for the second day of competition. Although numerous riders put in consistent rounds over fences, it was Victoria Colvin and Ovation, owned by Dr. Betsee Parker of Middleburg, VA, who swept the day’s over fences and took the top award in the under saddle. Her scores of 87 and 90 in the over fences added to her high score in yesterday’s rounds, eventually earning the pair the championship honors. 
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V is For Victory! Farrington Goes One-Two with Venus and Voyeur in $20,000 Bluegrass Classic at Kentucky Spring Classic PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rebecca Walton   
Sunday, 20 May 2012 19:34
KentKent Farrington concluded the Kentucky Spring Classic on a great note, claiming first and second during this morning’s $20,000 Bluegrass Classic aboard Venus and Voyeur, respectively. With a baker’s dozen in the jump-off, Farrington completed the fastest two double-clear efforts with the talented mounts. Young rider Michael Murphy earned the third place award with his fault-free short course, following right on Farrington’s heels with Audi’s Allouette Van Het Lambroeck.
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Richie Moloney and Slieveanorra Master $75,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix at Kentucky Spring Classic PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rebecca Walton   
Sunday, 20 May 2012 11:32
RichieIt was a very exciting night for Ireland’s Richie Moloney as he captured his first international grand prix victory, riding Slieveanorra during the $75,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix at the Kentucky Spring Classic. The talented duo have been runner up on numerous occasions, even placing third during Thursday’s $32,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic, but tonight the luck was on their side. Six horses advanced to the jump-off, but only three were double clear, with Moloney landing at the top of the leader board, while Margie Engle took second aboard Royce, and Egypt’s Nayel Nassar rode Raging Bull Vangelis S to third.

Germany’s Olaf Petersen Jr. created a very technical course for tonight’s main event in the Rolex Stadium. With a tight time allowed, riders had to show over a triple bar, an open water obstacle, a vertical-oxer double combination, and finally an oxer-vertical-oxer triple combination, which caused errors for many of the competitors. Only six of the 31 entries were able to master the initial track and advance to jump-off, where they had to jump the double combination again while also making tight rollbacks and then galloping across the ring to reach the final oxer. 
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