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July 8, 2011

What's It Like To Be A Junior Superstar?—Victoria Colvin

Photo by Mollie Bailey

Victoria Colvin, 13, started 2011 by cleaning up on the Florida circuit. She finished the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington with circuit championships in the large green pony hunter division aboard For The Love and in the small junior hunter, 15 and under, division with Sanzibar. She proved she can hang with the pros and saw great success with Scott Stewart’s Inclusive, placing third in Round 1 of the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby. On April 24 she topped 31 entries in the $25,000 Equestrian Sport Productions Spring 6 Grand Prix (Fla.) with Monsieur Du Reverdy. At Devon in May, she was the Best Child Rider on a horse, and rode Sanzibar and Touchdown to the small and large junior hunter, 15 and under championships.

When you’re not at the barn or riding, where is the most likely place to find you?
Playing tennis or in school.

What was the name of your first horse or pony?
The first one we owned was King Of Hearts. He was an amazing Paint pony with a heart on his  forehead.

What’s your favorite school subject?
I love science.

What is the accomplishment you are most proud of thus far in your riding career?
I think being champion at Devon [Pa.] in four divisions, [USHJA International Hunter] Derby finals and winning my first grand prix are a tie. Honestly, I think riding well no matter how you place is my accomplishment. 

Who is your hero?
Scott Stewart and Ken Berkley, because they are amazing. But my parents are also my heroes.

What website do you spend the most time scrolling through?
Facebook, Formspring and YouTube.

What song plays most on your iPod?
“The Lazy Song” by Bruno Mars. I also really love Katy Perry.

Do you have a good luck charm, or are you superstitious about doing certain things before big shows or classes?
I love to watch my mom say, “I love you.” She’s so nervous it makes me laugh.

What do you want to be or do when you grow up?
Ride professionally and save all the abused animals. I have tried to get the funding for a rescue, but I have been turned down.

How many horses and ponies do you ride every day?
Between seven and 16.

Where is your favorite place to take a vacation?
Well, we have never really gone on vacation. Horses are our vacation. But I really want to go to Hawaii. 

Where is your favorite place to show and why?
I don’t have a favorite. I love them all. The hours at [the Washington (D.C.) International Horse Show] are fun.

What is your favorite food?
Rice—white, brown, fried, steamed. I love rice.

What is your favorite barn chore?
Currying the horses and ponies. They love it.

Do you play any other sports?
Tennis. If I could do both I would. I would love to compete.

 
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