Oct. 7—Upper Marlboro, Md.
Tori Colvin, junior superstar rider, earned her second consecutive World Champion Hunter Rider Junior Hunter Challenge Championship title, this year with Inclusive, owned by Dr. Betsee Parker.
Inclusive was the only horse in the class to score in the 90s, putting them ahead of reserve champion Parker with rider Vivian Yowan.
“It was a nice, smooth course. You had to start with a good gallop because it started with a line, so that was nice; it was like a derby,” said Colvin. “Inclusive is great at derbies, so I think he was ready.”
Although Colvin brought several horses to the Capital Challenge Horse Show, she knew Inclusive was the right horse for the Junior Hunter Challenge.
“He was not going to stop,” she explained. “The other ones probably would have gone around perfectly fine, but it would be better to get a ribbon than nothing.”
It was a full day of ribbons and awards for Colvin, as her other mounts, Way Cool and Ovation, tied for junior hunter, 15 and under, tricolors. Ovation showed in the small junior hunter, 15 and under, while Way Cool picked up points in the large. Parker owns both horses.
“Betsee’s fantastic. She’s the nicest person, and to have an owner like that is amazing,” said Colvin.
Even though this was Colvin’s second year winning the WCHR championship, she didn’t worry about defending her title.
“I just go in, and if I do well, I do well. I don’t think about last year,” she said. However, when riding throughout the year, she said she tries to ride a bit more at shows with WCHR points. “You’d want to do well at the WCHR because, I don’t know if they’re more important, but they’re prestigious.”
—Despite a late afternoon shower in the outdoor ring, the World Champion Hunter Rider Children’s Hunter Challenge continued without a hitch. Kristen Bowman, 16, riding her Noble Blue, a 7-year-old Hanoverian, emerged the winner. This horse-and -ider pair have competed in the rain before, and the gelding took it in stride.
“Once there are puddles, he gets a little spooky, but in the rain he’s happy,” said Bowman. Earlier in the day, a few minor mistakes on course kept Bowman out of the top placings in the other children’s classes, so she was happy to come back strong for the final class of Capital Challenge. “It was just a little rough around the edges. I was a little bit frustrated with myself. My big error is pace. I don’t hold it as well as I should. I think I had just enough frustration to keep him going the whole course at a good pace.”
—Daisy Farish, 11, and Sassafras Creek won the World Champion Hunter Rider Junior Pony Challenge with an average score of 91.66. One set of judges awarded them a 96, a personal best for Farish.
“I was really excited because that’s definitely the highest score I’ve ever gotten,” she said. “I didn’t know what to expect because she was really good all week, and I thought maybe she’d be tired, but she rose up to the challenge.”