Victoria Colvin and El Primero Top USHJA International Hunter Derby at WEF 9

Victoria Colvin & El Primero in the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, presented by Barnwalkers. Photo © Sportfot

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Victoria Colvin and El Primero came out on top during Week 9 of the Wellington Equestrian Festival (WEF) with a winning ride in the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, presented by Barnwalkers on Saturday at WEF 9.

Colvin and El Primero, a 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding by Numero Uno, owned by Meralex Farm Inc., scored a staggering 96 over the handy course to seal the deal on their victory. That winning number was combined a first-round score of 89.25 for a total of 185.25 and the top spot without contention.

Andy Christiansen, Jr. built a stunning two-round track on the Derby Field at Equestrian Village for forty-four hopeful pairs. Second place went to Greg Crolick and Chappy, who combined a 91 and 93 for a 184 final score, and third went to Jennifer Hannan and Mindful on a 183 after tallying a pair of 91.5s.

“The course was very flowing and beautiful,” said Colvin, 26. “Primo started out great. He jumped the first high option wonderfully, as well the first half of the course. He felt fantastic in the handy portion and was very tidy.

Victoria Colvin & El Primero honored as winners of the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, presented by Barnwalkers, by Michael Mentado. Photo © Sportfot

“I have been riding ‘Primo’ for almost five years now, so we obviously know each other quite well,” she continued. “He’s the absolute best horse, never spooks and you know he’ll just go right into the arena, march around and try very hard to win. He always tries so hard and gives it his all. He is a great derby [horse] and one of the most fun horses to ride.

“I’m very thankful for ‘Primo’s’ owner Bryan Baldwin and for everyone surrounding him,” concluded Colvin. “We couldn’t do it without a great team behind this horse.”

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