Harrisburg, PA. – October 12, 2012 – Victoria Colvin, 15, of Loxahatchee, FL, captured two of the four Junior Hunter Championship titles presented at the 67th Annual Pennsylvania National Horse Show on Friday, riding horses owned by Dr. Betsee Parker of Middleburg, VA. More Coverage of HarrisburgPrint this Story
Dr. Parker’s Ovation, a 12-year-old bay gelding, defended his title to win the Small Junior Hunter Division 15 & Under, sponsored by SBS Farm and Susie Schoellkopf. Her other entry, the 9-year-old bay gelding Inclusive, won the Large Junior Hunter Division 15 & Under, sponsored by Hi Hopes Farm/Oken Family.
Dr. Parker owns many horses, but due to an injury she is no longer able to show. She takes great pleasure in watching others ride her horses, especially “Tori.” They have been together since Colvin was eight-years-old.
“There’s something magical when you share it,” said Dr. Parker. “Today it happened to work out really well for us in both divisions and I have Tori to thank. I personally believe she is the greatest junior we have ever seen and I’ve been around a long, long time. I know I’m partial.”
Dr. Parker’s horses carry a bonus with them each time they enter the arena. “Every time these animals go in there we save another ten dogs because all of the earnings go to Danny and Ron’s Rescue. The team works so hard and the horses work to be their best. It’s really gratifying when everything comes together like this.”
The Reserve Championship in the Small Junior Hunter Division 15 & Under went to the 13-year-old bay gelding Genuine, ridden by Cloe Hymowitz and owned by Rose Hill Farm of Sagaponack, NY. In the Large Junior Hunter Division 15 & Under, the Reserve Championship was won by the 11-year-old black gelding Parker, owned by Saddle Ridge LLC of Darien, CT and ridden by Vivian Yowan. They also won the $5,000 Junior Hunter Winners Stake sponsored by Mrs. Frances W. McCabe.
The tricolor in the Small Junior Hunter—Riders 16 & 17 Championship, sponsored by Peacock Ridge, was presented to Confidential, an 11-year-old chestnut gelding owned by Don Stewart, Jr. of Ocala, FL, and ridden by Hasbrouck Donovan. The Reserve Championship was won by the 10-year-old grey gelding Kid Rock, owned by Jacob Pope of Columbia, MD, and ridden by Lexi Maounis.
Garfield, a 10-year-old chestnut gelding owned and ridden by Alexandra Crown, took top honors in the Large Junior Hunter—Riders 16 & 17 Championship, sponsored by the Perform Group. The Reserve Champion was won by the 9-year-old gelding Wagner, owned and ridden by Hasbrouck Donovan of Gainesville, FL.
Junior weekend wraps up on Sunday with the USEF/Pessoa Hunter Seat Equitation Finals presented by Randolph College. The Pennsylvania National Horse Show is one of the largest indoor horse shows in the U.S., hosting horses and competitors from across the country with 20,000 spectators attending from the Mid-Atlantic region. With over 1,400 qualified horses competing for $420,000 in prize money, the show features Hunter and Jumper competition and is the site of the Randolph College/USEF National Junior Jumper Championships and the $85,000 Grand Prix de Penn National.
In addition to world-class equestrian competition, the PNHS offers a unique shopping environment with boutique vendors that offer everything from fine art to custom jewelry, clothing, accessories and horse show memorabilia.
The Pennsylvania National Horse Show is proud of its tradition of supporting equine and youth programs. The show benefits the Harrisburg Kiwanis Youth Foundation and the Pennsylvania National Horse Show Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation.
Details are available at the horse show’s website at www.panational.org or by calling the horse show office at 717-770-0222.