LAKE PLACID —Victoria Colvin of Loxahatchee, Fla. rode Betsee Parker’s Inclusive to the victory Sunday in the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby. It was presented by Eastern Hay & Purina Animal Nutrition at the 36th-annual I Love New York Horse Show, Presented by Sea Shore Stables, LLC.
It marks the second straight year that Colvin and Inclusive have taken the title.
Colvin and Inclusive dominated the competition, winning both the first round with a score of 194 points and the Handy Round with a score of 207 for a two-round total of 401. That score gave the 15-year-old Colvin and Inclusive a comfortable margin over second-place finisher Kristy Herrera and Temptation, owned by Autumn Janesky, who scored 378. Third place went to David Oliynyk and Generous, owned by Lori Gaudet, who finished with 367.
“Inclusive is just so easy to ride,” said Colvin of her long-time partner on whom she has achieved legendary success. “He sees the jump, powers up and just jumps it. He’s always so happy; he’s pretty much the easiest horse you could ever ride.”
Colvin had a highly successful two weeks in Lake Placid. In addition to taking the Derby and Grand Junior Hunter Championship honors, she also rode Don Juan in the High Junior Jumper division and won the Classic and the Championship both weeks.
“While I enjoy every class, I do like the jumpers a little more,” she said. “I find them more exciting than the hunter classes, although I would say that the Derbies are pretty fun.”
Prior to the Derby, Megan MacPherson of Boulder, CO won the Kathy Scholl Equitation Classic. McPherson topped a field of 23 riders who earned their places in the Classic based on their finishes over the Lake Placid and I Love New York Horse Shows in the Pessoa U.S. Hunt Seat Medal, ASPCA/NHS Maclay Horsemanship, Platinum Performance USEF Show Jumping Talent Search, National PHA Equitation and WIHS Equitation classes.