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May 27, 2012

Colvin Cleans Up In The Jumpers

Tori Colvin swept the junior jumper division, riding Waminka to the championship and Monsieur du Reverdy to reserve.

May 26—Devon, Pa.

Sure, Tori Colvin probably leads more jogs in the junior hunter ring at major competitions than any other rider. But the hunter ring isn’t her favorite place to be.

“I like jumpers best, then hunters and equitation,” said Colvin, 14.

A few hours after winning the Best Child Rider award and three of four available junior hunter tricolors at Devon—including the grand junior hunter title on Ovation—Colvin rode Waminka to the junior jumper championship, taking reserve on her own Monsieur du Reverdy.

Colvin clinched the championship with a speedy jump-off round in the $15,000 Show Jumping Hall Of Fame Classic on Waminka, who’s owned by her trainer, Ken Berkley. 

“We got a little tight to one jump, and I was squeezing but it wasn’t there, so we added another stride,” said Colvin, Loxahatchee, Fla. “She was great though. Ken showed her a couple times in the 1.30-meter and bigger [jumper classes]. He owns her; I just started doing the junior jumpers on her. She’s my first junior jumper.”

Colvin survived a hairy moment on Monsieur du Reverdy to log a double clean jump-off round and the second-fastest time. She lost a stirrup at the third fence, so she opted to drop her other one to stay balanced and finished in lovely style.

While Colvin dominated the jumper competition today, the judges tipped their hat to Schaefer Raposa, who won a junior jumper class yesterday but logged a single rail in Round 1 today. They honored her with the Shalanno Style of Riding Award.

Catch up on full results at shownet.biz. And there's lots more news and photos from Devon at the Chronicle.

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