Edited Press Release
Victoria Colvin and El Primero were back on top to close out Week 11 of the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) and bringing home top call in the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, presented by Bainbridge Companies on Saturday.
Twenty-nine of the country’s top hunter riders took to the grass derby field at Equestrian Village over courses designed by Ken Krome. Colvin was the one to beat, winning on El Primero, a 2009 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Numero Uno owned by Meralex Farm Inc., and placing third on Cadouch Z, a 2009 Zangersheide stallion by Calvaro Z and owned by Amy Hassinger.
Colvin combined scores of 185 in the first round and 192 from the second round where the top 12 returned. There total of 377 from two judges panels secured the victory.
Colvin was beaming after having two horses finish in the top three, saying, “My little bay stallion, Cadouch went great today, and then I went on El Primero who I thought shined in the handy round. His first round was great, but I thought he jumped incredible in the handy and he turns well, so I had a tight turn back to the trot jump and I think that’s where he excelled a little bit.
“He loves the derby field, and we had a blast,” continued Colvin on the refreshing change of venue for the derbies during WEF 11. The win marks their second derby win in three weeks. “He was super a couple weeks ago, but I think he shined even brighter today. He will get a much deserved break now.”
Colvin credits her never-ending success in the hunter ring to confidence. talented rider stands out and continues to shine, “I don’t get nervous at all,” she said with a smile. “But how the horses go is just how it is and if something bad happens then I just roll with the punches and move on. I think because I don’t get nervous my horses are all very confident too.”
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