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Victoria Colvin and Way Cool Jump to the Top of the $50,000 WCHR Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular

RELEASE: February 19, 2012
AUTHOR/ADMINISTRATOR: Lauren Fisher for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.

Victoria Colvin and Way Cool (Sportfot)
Victoria Colvin and Way Cool (Sportfot)
Wellington, FL
- The $50,000 WCHR Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular was held under the lights at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival on Saturday night with an exciting victory for 14-year-old Victoria Colvin riding Dr. Betsee Parker's Way Cool. The pair edged out last year's winners, Louise Serio and Bryan Baldwin's Castle Rock, who finished second. Colvin also took home third place honors riding Inclusive, owned by Scott Stewart. Elizabeth Boyd and Brunello finished fourth after a win in the first round.

Week six of the FTI WEF, sponsored by Equine Couture/Tuff Rider will run through February 19. The $50,000 G&C Farm Jumper Derby is the highlight event on Sunday at The Stadium at 3 p.m. The 2012 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival has 12 weeks of competition that conclude on April 1, 2012, and they will be awarding more than $6 million in prize money through the circuit.

Thirty-two horse and rider combinations qualified to compete in tonight's class after showing throughout the week in the junior, amateur and professional hunter divisions. Skip Bailey set the course for the two rounds of competition. The judges included Scott Fitton, Scott Williamson, Bill Moroney, Jim Clapperton, Mary Lisa Leffler, Patrick Rhodes, Karen Healey, and Dee Thomas.

Victoria Colvin and Way Cool finished the class with an impressive two round total of 180.06 for the victory. The pair scored an 88.56 in round one with individual scores of 89, 91, 89, and 85.25 from the four judging panels. In round two, high scores of 93, 93, 90.5 and 89.5 averaged out to a 90.25 score to put the duo in first place.

Louise Serio and Castle Rock finished with a two round total of 178.37 for second place. The pair finished the first round with an 88.12 total with scores of 87, 90, 86.5 and 89, then moved up with a 90.25 average in round two with scores of 92, 92, 89.5 and 87.5.

Victoria Colvin and Way Cool in their championship presentation (Sportfot)
Victoria Colvin and Way Cool in their championship presentation (Sportfot)
Colvin and her other mount Inclusive finished with a two round total of 177.25 for third place with a round one average of 88.25 and an 89 point total in round two. Elizabeth Boyd and Brunello, owned by Boyd and Janet Peterson, led the first round with an 89.37 total and finished the second round with an 87.75 for a 177.12 total to finish in fourth place overall.

Other special awards were presented following the first round of competition. Costar, owned by John and Stephanie Ingram, was presented with the Mark Gregory Memorial Award as the best conditioned horse in round one. Casallo, owned by Erin McGuire and ridden by Elizabeth Boyd, earned the Charlie Weaver Memorial Award as the highest scoring conformation horse in the first round with an 87.87.

Class winner Way Cool is a ten-year-old Hanoverian gelding by Embassy. Way Cool and Colvin qualified for tonight's class after earning the reserve championship in the Antares Large Junior Hunter 15 & Under division earlier in the day. Colvin was champion in the division with Inclusive.

Colvin, of Loxahatchee, FL, trains with four-time WCHR Professional Champion Scott Stewart. Although she went last in the second round and had to put in a good round to come out on top, Colvin says she did not feel any nerves. "I don't get nervous," she stated. "I didn't feel any pressure. My mom is the one who gets nervous and I think Scott gets a bit nervous. I thought it was good. I knew I had to pick up his feet. I thought I was going to have a rail because he was very tired, but he was perfect." 

Just 14 years old, Colvin is one of the youngest riders to ever win this class. Commenting on beating out her own trainer and other top professionals, Colvin smiled, "It's a lot of fun. It was really cool."

Colvin and Way Cool have been showing together all circuit, but this was their first time in the International Arena at night under the bright lights. "He was a bit more aware and jumped higher and nicer," Colvin noted. "He really rises to the occasion; he is amazing. He jumps so well, and has such a nice canter."

Colvin enjoyed the courses tonight. "They were open and nice, and they really made for a flowing ride," she said. 

Louise Serio and Castle Rock (Sportfot)
Louise Serio and Castle Rock (Sportfot)
Second place finisher Louise Serio commented on the course as well, explaining, "When we walked it, it looked very simple, but it rode differently. It really did have a flow to it, especially in the second round."

Serio explained that Castle Rock felt great in both rounds. "He is so reliable and just knows his job. I was confident going into my rounds that he was going to be sharp. He is unbelievable to ride, and he walks into the ring and wants to win. It is an amazing feeling to have a horse like that," she smiled.

"Castle Rock only shows in Florida and then he returns home to Tampa and turns out. That lifestyle works so well for him and he lives such a happy, healthy life," she added.

Fourth place finisher Elizabeth Boyd also won this class as a junior. She was happy with her rounds aboard Brunello. 

"He felt amazing. He really shines under the lights," she declared. "He was definitely a bit tired for the second round. He made such a hard effort and jumped every jump out in the first round. "

Concluding WCHR competition for week six, the $5,000 Peggy Cone Memorial WCHR Adult Classic will be held in the International Arena Sunday morning, followed by the $5,000 WCHR Amateur Owner 3'3 Classic. For full results, please visit 
www.showgroundslive.com. 

Final Results: WCHR Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular
Pl Number Horse Rider Owner
J1 J2 J3 J4 Average
J1 J2 J3 J4 Average Final


1 WAY COOL VICTORIA COLVIN DR BETSEE PARKER
89 91 89 85.25 88.56
93 93 90.5 89.5 91.50 180.06

2 CASTLE ROCK LOUISE SERIO BRYAN BALDWIN
87 90 86.5 89 88.12
92 92 89.5 87.5 90.25 178.37

3 INCLUSIVE VICTORIA COLVIN SCOTT STEWART
88 87 90 88 88.25
86.5 89 91 89.5 89.00 177.25

4 BRUNELLO ELIZABETH BOYD ELIZABETH BOYD & JANET PETERSON
91 89 89.5 88 89.37
86 86 90 89 87.75 177.12

5 COME MONDAY CHRISTA ENDICOTT DAVLYN FARMS
86.5 86.5 89.5 88.5 87.75
89 90 87 90 89.00 176.75

6 CASALLO ELIZABETH BOYD ERIN MCGUIRE
87.5 88 88.5 87.5 87.87
87 88 88.5 88 87.87 175.74

7 ENJOY SCOTT STEWART BECKY GOCHMAN
90 85 88 87 87.50
86.75 91 84 88.5 87.56 175.06

8 GOOD HUMOR JOHN FRENCH MERIDIAN FARM
84.5 87.5 87 85 86.00
85.5 84 89 86 86.12 172.12

9 TAKEN KELLEY FARMER NANCY AMLING
87.25 85.5 88.75 87 87.12
85 77 88 87 84.25 171.37

10 ROCK STEADY KATIE ROBINSON KJ ROBINSON LLC
85 80.5 86.5 85.5 84.37
85.75 85.5 85.5 87 85.93 170.30

11 WINTER PLACE SCHAEFER RAPOSA CAITLIN ZIEGLER
80 86 85.5 86 84.37
83 85 86 84 84.50 168.87

12 SIENNA PATRICIA GRIFFITH LEXI MAOUNIS
84 83 83 85 83.75
82 84.5 85 86.5 84.50 168.25 

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