Wellington, FL – February 1, 2013 -Week four of the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF) continued on Friday with the junior and amateur-owner riders beginning their jumper competition in the International Arena at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC). In the first class of the morning, 16-year-old Wellington resident Spencer Smith jumped to victory in the $1,500 Griffis Residential High Junior Jumper Power and Speed class aboard Skara Glen’s Voltan H.
Week four of the FTI WEF, sponsored by Fidelity Investments®, will continue through February 3. The week will feature the $100,000 Fidelity Investments® CSI 2* Grand Prix on Saturday evening and the $25,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic on Sunday afternoon. The 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival features 12 weeks of competition running from January 9-March 31, 2013, and will be awarding almost $7 million in prize money throughout the circuit.
Skara Glen’s Voltan H is an eleven-year-old Royal Dutch Warmblood gelding by Pacific x Voltaire, owned by Ashland Farms. Spencer Smith rides out of Ashland and trains with his parents Ken and Emily Smith. He has been showing Voltan H for about one year.
Also showing in the International Arena on Friday, Annie Cook and Signe Ostby’s Banba won in the $2,500 RCG Farm High Amateur-Owner Jumper Power and Speed. In the $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m Speed Challenge, Alexander Zetterman and Canora jumped to victory. The $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m jump-off class completed the day with a win for Darragh Kerins and S&L Elite.
Final Results: Griffis Residential High Junior Jumper Power and Speed
1. SKARA GLEN’S VOLTAN H : SPENCER SMITH : ASHLAND FARMS: 0/0/28.305
2. CROSSFIRE 10 : EMANUEL ANDRADE : HOLLOW CREEK FARM: 0/0/28.632
3. KM WHAT EVER RV : DANA SCOTT : NOD HILL FARM: 0/0/29.062
4. KING OF HEARTS : CHLOE REID : CHLOE D REID LLC: 0/0/29.930
5. PROMISED LAND : CHARLOTTE JACOBS : CANDY TRIBBLE: 0/4/27.200
6. WAMINKA : VICTORIA COLVIN : RIVERS EDGE: 0/4/29.008
7. PHINEAS : LUCAS PORTER : SLEEPY P RANCH LLC: 0/4/29.074
8. BARIANO : EUGENIO GARZA : EL MILAGRO: 0/4/29.288
9. LICAPO : MADELINE THATCHER : PONY LANE FARM: 0/4/31.735
10. RADIO CITY : LUCAS PORTER : GOTHAM ENTERPRIZES: 0/8/28.590
11. BELLE BLEU S : KAELY TOMEU : SIBONEY RANCH: 4/47.457
12. WILKINA LITHYA : EMANUEL ANDRADE : HOLLOW CREEK FARM: 4/50.343
Victoria Colvin Triumphs in Platinum Performance USEF Show Jumping Talent Search
Victoria Colvin, aboard Missy Clark’s Arandelli, rode to first place in the Platinum Performance USEF Show Jumping Talent Search class during week four of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival. Colvin bested a class of 30 promising junior and young riders, who competed over fences before the top twelve were called back for a test on the flat.
The top three finishers were rounded out by Michael Janson, who rode Kimberly Janson’s Fortune Cookie to second place, and Gabrielle Bausano who finished third on Elizabeth Benson’s San Remo VDL.
Colvin has competed in Talent Search classes before, but Friday’s class was her first time actually winning it. Colvin humbly explains that she continues to work on improving herself. “I’ve been working more on my equitation and trying to get better,” Colvin stated.
Colvin didn’t hesitate to sing the praises of her mount, Arandelli, an eight-year-old Warmblood gelding that she will also compete on for WIHS Equitation classes this weekend at the FTI WEF. “This is only my second time riding [Arandelli]! He’s really easy and really fun. He has a great jump,” Colvin described.
Colvin enjoyed Danny Moore’s demanding course, which challenged several riders with its tight turns, combinations and water jump. “It was a lot of turns, but it was really nice,” Colvin described. “The water jump was at the end, which was good. There were a lot of lines that were forward but short, so that was a little challenging.”
Following the jumping phase, the top twelve riders were called back to compete on the flat for a test of equitation skills. Riders were asked to perform lengthening and shortening of stride, cantering on the counter lead, and multiple transitions including a flying lead change directly in front of the judge, which Colvin admitted was challenging for her and her horse.
For now, Colvin doesn’t have her eyes set on the Platinum Performance USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals, which conflict with the Capital Challenge Horse Show where she regularly competes. “I’ll go [to the Finals] one year. [This class] goes up to 21 years old, so I have a few years left!” Colvin concluded.
Week four of the FTI WEF continues Saturday with the Hunt Ltd. Amateur-Owner Over 35 Hunter division, hosted in the E.R. Mische Grand Hunter Arena. The $100,000 Fidelity Investments® CSI 2* Grand Prix will be the highlight event in the International Arena on Saturday evening. For full results, please visit www.showgroundslive.com.
Photo Credit: Photos © Sportfot, An Official Photographer of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival, us.sportfot.com, and Anne Gittins Photography, An Official Photographer of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival, www.annegittins.com. These photos may be used only in relation to this press release and must include photo credit.
About the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival
The 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival has 12 weeks of top competition running from January 9 through March 31. The FTI WEF is run by Equestrian Sport Productions, LLC, and Wellington Equestrian Partners and held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. All 12 shows are “AA” rated and Jumper Rated 6, and more than $7 million in prize money will be awarded.
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