Spencer Smith and Skara Glen’s Voltan H Top Griffis Residential High Junior Jumpers at WEF 4

Victoria Colvin Triumphs in Platinum Performance USEF Show Jumping Talent Search

Spencer Smith and Skara Glen's Voltan H. Photo © Sportfot

Wellington, FL – February 1, 2013 -Week four of the2013 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.

Leopoldo Palacios of Venezuela is the course designer in the International Arena for week four. In the Griffis Residential High Junior Jumper Power and Speed, Palacios saw 13 entries compete with ten advancing to the speed phase and five pairs completing both rounds without fault. Last to go in the class, Spencer Smith’s time of 28.305 seconds aboard Skara Glen’s Voltan H would be the best.

Emanuel Andrade and Hollow Creek Farm’s Crossfire 10 finished second with their time of 28.632 in the speed round. Dana Scott and Nod Hill Farm’s KM Whatever RV placed third in 29.062 seconds, and Chloe Reid and King of Hearts were fourth in 29.930 seconds.

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.

“He’s a really top horse,” Smith said Friday morning. “His ride is a little tricky, but he can jump anything.”

Commenting on the class, Smith described, “I just rode him forward and he really jumped today. The course was a little tricky. The last line was seven (strides), but for the speed round we tried to do it in six and it worked out really easy, so it was good.”

Smith has been showing in the Medium and High Junior Jumpers and hopes to move up to do some bigger classes during the FTI WEF circuit. He has the advantage of living in Wellington and showing at PBIEC throughout the year, so he feels very comfortable showing in the impressive venue.

“This show is awesome. I grew up here and I have been coming here since I was like four,” Smith noted. “I live about a mile away. It is home and to have all of these people come here to compete is awesome. I get in the ring a lot because after the show and before WEF we do a lot of classes here too, so we get to show here a lot.”

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

  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
  11. BELLE BLEU S             KAELY TOMEU      SIBONEY RANCH: 4/47.457

Victoria Colvin Triumphs in Platinum Performance USEF Show Jumping Talent Search

Victoria Colvin and Arandelli. Photo © Anne Gittins Photography

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’s well-grounded attitude does little to reveal the dizzying array of championships the fifteen-year-old has already amassed over the last two years. She finished first in the George Morris Excellence in Equitation class during the 2012 FTI WEF in addition to her accomplishments in the hunter and jumper rings, where she dominated the junior divisions and topped seasoned professionals.

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.

Lauren Fisher and Laura Cardon for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.

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. For more information, please visit www.equestriansport.com.

About FTI Consulting
FTI Consulting, Inc. is a global business advisory firm dedicated to helping organizations protect and enhance enterprise value in an increasingly complex legal, regulatory and economic environment. With more than 3,800 employees located in 24 countries, FTI Consulting professionals work closely with clients to anticipate, illuminate and overcome complex business challenges in areas such as investigations, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory issues, reputation management, strategic communications and restructuring. The company generated $1.56 billion in revenues during fiscal year 2011. More information can be found at www.fticonsulting.com.

Please visit www.equestriansport.com or call 561-793-5867 for more information.

Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.
Equestrian Public Relations

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