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At the conclusion of the 2012 USEF East Coast Junior Hunter Finals, Large 15 and Under Junior Hunter champion Victoria Colvin and Inclusive were named Grand Champion. Coming in for Reserve Grand Championship was 2012 Small Junior Hunter 15 and Under Reserve Champion Vivian Yowan and Whatever. Shawn Casady and Glass Castle claimed the High Point Mare award.
“It is such an honor to get such a prestigious award,” Colvin said. “I have competed in the Junior Hunter Finals for the last three years, but this year made me nostalgic. I remember when I won for Pony Finals when I was younger, and today it brought back all of those feelings. I couldn’t have asked for more.”
Colvin also claimed first in the Large Junior Hunter 15 and Under division, earning the top score in all of the divisions. Lillie Keenan and C Coast Z finished a close second, and Spencer Smith and Spotlight earned third.
In the Small 15 and Under Junior Hunters division, Vivian Yowan and Whatever took the blue ribbon. Finishing second and third were Kate Ross and Friday Night and Brett Burlington and Quigley, respectively.
Shawn Casady and Glass Castle rode to victory in Small 16-17 Junior Hunters division. Hasbrouck Donovan and Confidential finished second, while Anna Cardelfe and Nadia rounded out the top three.
Meg O’Mara and Walk the Line picked up the championship in the Large 16-17 Junior Hunters division. Lexi Selldorff earned second atop Soulja Boy. Alexandra Crown and Garfield took home third.
In the USHJA Hunterdon Cup Equitation Classic, Genevieve Zock captured the championship prize aboard Confession. Hasbrouck Donovan riding Drake finished second, three points shy of Zock and the championship crown.
“The first round I was relaxed, and he is so scopey and adjustable that I felt I would be able to do any stride or any distance—he is amazing,” Zock said after claiming her title. “The second round I was a little more nervous, which I don’t normally get, so it was definitely different to have to check myself. The moment the final test came up, I was definitely doing some breathing exercises, but once I started going I was good.”
Though these competitions have concluded, the Kentucky Summer Horse Show has only just begun. The show will run through Sunday, July 29. Friday, July 27, the professional hunter divisions will come to a close, and championships will be awarded in the Stonelea Arena. Spectators and exhibitors can also look forward to the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic Friday night in the Rolex Stadium at 7 p.m.
For more information, visit kentuckyhorseshows.com.
From Phelps Media Group