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Esse and Colvin Capture 2012 US Junior Hunter Championship Titles
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July 26, 2012
From USEF Communications Department
Lexington, KY - For the eleventh consecutive year champions were crowned at
the US Junior Hunter Championship, utilizing a three round format. On July
23-24, competitors contested the West Coast portion of the championship at
the Del Mar Horsepark in Del Mar, CA. With competition for the East Coast
held in Lexington, KY July 24-25 at the Kentucky Horse Park. Olivia Esse
rode Small Affair to champion honors in Del Mar, while Victoria Colvin and
Inclusive were the winners in Lexington.
Esse put forth a dominating effort in the West Coast portion of the US
Junior Hunter Championship by collecting Overall Grand Champion and Overall
Reserve Grand Champion honors. A total of 47 competitors rode before the
judging panel of Rob Gage, Chrystine Tauber, and Geoff Teall but none would
be able to catch the Calabasas, CA native.
Esse and Elizabeth Reilly and Chris Iwasaki's Small Affair, a nine-year-old
Selle Francias gelding, topped the Large Junior Hunters 16-17 section on
their way to Overall Grand Champion honors. The pair were the winners of the
Classic phase Monday and came back later in the day to place fifth in the
Under Saddle phase. On Tuesday, they returned for the final Handy Hunter
phase placing second.
In her final year of eligibility, Esse was looking to have an enjoyable
experience and was thrilled with the competition experience.
"It was really fun to be in the big Grand Prix field here at Showpark. It's
my last Junior Hunter Finals but I tried not to put pressure on myself to do
well because of that," said Esse. "I just wanted to have a good time and I
Riding Oscany, Inc's Illusion, Esse also rode to Overall Reserve Grand
Champion honors. The 13-year-old Hanoverian gelding swept all three phases
of the Small Junior Hunters 16-17 section.
In the East Coast championship, a strong field of horses and riders were
judged by a distinguished panel of Carleton Brooks, Shane George and Rachel
Kennedy. Despite the quality of the field, Colvin (Loxahatchee, FL) cruised
to her first US Junior Hunter Championship title on the strength of
polished, consistent riding.
Once again paired with Dr. Betsee Parker's Inclusive, Colvin placed no lower
than third in any of the three phases competing in the Large Junior Hunters
15 and Under section. She and the nine-year-old Warmblood gelding were the
victors in both the Classic phase and Handy Hunter phases and were third in
the Under Saddle portion of the Championships, earning them Overall Grand
Fourteen-year-old Colvin has already made a huge impact in the hunter ring
collecting many of the top honors including wins at the US Pony
Finals. Despite having competed at many of the top shows in the U.S. in the
most prestigious classes, Colvin was ecstatic about her experience at the US
Junior Hunter Championship.
"I felt the competition was amazing!"
Collecting Overall Reserve Grand Champion was Saddle Ridge LLC's Whatever
ridden by Vivian Yowan. Yowan (Lexington, KY) piloted the nine-year-old
Dutch Warmblood gelding to second place in the Classic phase, fourth in the
Under Saddle portion, and second in the Handy Hunter phase contesting the
Small Junior Hunters 15 and Under competition.
Each year a grant of $1,000 is awarded to the competitor that constructs the
best essay detailing how their competitive experience has affected them and
what it would mean to be awarded the grant. The winner in 2012 was East
Coast competitor, Victoria Rose Green.
To learn more about the 2012 US Junior Hunter Championship visit;
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