Colvin Smoothly Notches $10,000 Sam Edelman Equitation Championship at the Hampton Classic
After twice finishing second in this class, she reaches the top.
Bridgehampton, N.Y., Aug. 29, 2015 - Victoria Colvin will always be able to say that, at the 40th Annual Hampton Classic, she won top ribbons in hunters, jumpers and equitation. On Sunday she won then $50,000 iHeart Media Hunter Derby, on Friday she won $10,000 Junior/Amateur-Owner Welcome Stake and then won two Junior Hunter championships-and on Saturday she won the $10,000 Sam Edelman Equitation Championship.
Colvin's two-round score of 185 points defeated T.J. O'Mara (170) and Emily Perez (165). Colvin had finished second in the Sam Edelman Equitation Championship in 2012 and 2014.
Colvin completed the first round in second place, scoring 93 points, just 1 point behind Daisy Farish. In the second round, Colvin, on Avalanche, had a brilliantly smooth performance and was the only rider who didn't have points deducted for exceeding the optimum time of 79 seconds. Colvin's score of 92 put the pressure on Farish, of Versailles, Ky., whose horse refused at the water jump for 4 faults and also incurred 28 time penalties, giving her a second-round score of 12 and leaving her in 14th place.
"My attitude in the second round was to just go in there and go as tightly as I could and as quickly as I could," said Colvin. "I love that this class is on the Grand Prix Field, and the second round is kind of like a speed class-you pick up the canter and just keep going."
In the second round, riders returned in reverse order of standing, but Colvin said that she didn't feel any pressure. "I don't really ever get nervous. I like to go first or last. I like to go first and show them what to do or go last and win it," she said with a smile.
Colvin said that she enjoys shifting back and forth from the equitation to the hunters to the jumpers. "I love it. It makes it more interesting," said Colvin. "For me, it's really fun. They all compliment each other. The equitation helps the jumpers, and it all just helps the hunters, and I started out with hunters."
This is Colvin's final junior year, which she admitted, "is quite sad." She plans to pursue her riding career as a professional next year.