LAKE PLACID — Victoria Colvin of Loxahatchee, Fla. rode Inclusive to victory in the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, presented by Eastern Hay & Purina Mills, Sunday morning at the 35th annual I Love New York Horse Show, Presented by Sea Shore Stables, LLC.
Colvin also placed third on Havana, with second place going to Scott Stewart and Declaration, winner of the first Hunter Derby in Lake Placid in 2010.
Thirty-two horses competed in the Hunter Derby, held for the third year in the Richard M. Feldman Grand Prix Field at the North Elba Showgrounds. Bobby Murphy designed an Adirondack-themed course incorporating hiking trails, trout fishing, bears, owls, canoes, boats and Adirondack chairs. Riders had the option of choosing either the River Run Handy Trail or the Deeridge Handy Trail.
“Lake Placid is the best place for theme concepts,” Murphy said. “We started it last year with the Olympic theme, and it’s something we wanted to continue this year.
“We get great support from the local community in providing the materials for the course and I really have to thank the crew who worked till 11:00 Saturday night building it.”
In the first round, Colvin and Inclusive, owned by Betsee Parker of Middleburg, Va., topped the field with a score of 189 points from judges Phillip DeVita, Scott Hofstetter, Scott Williamson and Julie Winkle. Standing second with 184 points was Bring It On, owned by North Star and shown by Darragh Kenny, who won both Grand Prix during the Lake Placid and I Love New York Horse Shows.
Stewart and Declaration, owned by Fashion Farm, stood third with 182 while Colvin and Havana, owned by Dwight & Irwin, were fourth with 171.5.
Colvin and Havana topped the second round with 206 points, with Stewart and Declaration posting the second highest score of 200. Colvin and Inclusive scored 194, giving them an overall total of 383 for a one-point edge the over the 382 score of Stewart and Declaration.
“He really was great today, and it was so much fun to be able to ride him in the Grand Prix field,” said Colvin, who also won the horse show’s Kathy Scholl Equitation Championship in the Grand Prix Field on Saturday. “It’s such a treat to be able to ride in that field. I just love it!”
Colvin and Havana totaled 377.5 for the two rounds for a third-place finish, with Kenny and Bring It On placing fourth with 356. Schaefer Raposa was fifth with 350 points on Poolside, owned by Southfields Farm.