Victoria Colvin triumphant at Devon
Victoria Colvin won virtually everything in sight on junior weekend for the second year in a row at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair.
She won the Best Child Rider on a Horse title for the third consecutive year, but even more important won both that title and the Leading Junior Jumper Rider title for the second consecutive year.
Colvin rewrote the record books last year by being the first ever to win both titles in the same year, and now she's done it twice.
"Fantastic," said Colvin, 15, of Loxahatchee, Fla. "It was amazing last year, but this year it's just incredible."
En route to the Best Child Rider title, Colvin rode the Champion, Canadian Blue, and Reserve Champion, Ovation, in the Small Junior Hunter, 15 and under; and the Champion, Way Cool, and Reserve, Inclusive, in the Large Junior Hunter, 15 and under. All four horses are owned by Betsee Parker of Middleburg, Va.
But Lillie Keenan, who rode the Champion, Parkland, and Reserve, Chromeo, in Small Junior Hunter, 16 and 17; and the Champion, Walk The Line, in Large Junior Hunter, 16 and 17, also won the Devon Grand Junior Hunter Championship.
"That's amazing," Colvin said of winning the Best Child Rider for the third year. "But it was a little more stressful this year. It was more stressful because of Lillie."
Keenan and Colvin have been riding against each other for a number of years, but Keenan said she wouldn't call it a rivalry.
"She's an amazing rider, and she has astounding horses," Keenan said.
Colvin returned during the evening session to win the $20,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Junior Jumper Classic on Don Juan in a five-horse jump-off, with her win giving Don Juan the Junior Jumper Championship.
With a clean round in the jump-off, Colvin beat Gabrielle Bausano on Ubico H by almost three seconds.
"Don Juan is a little horse, but he's very fast," Colvin said. "He's like a bullet out of a cannon."