Victoria Colvin and Zidane with Timmy and Laurie Sharma of Equine Couture/TuffRider, Missy Sage of The Dutta Corp., Carlene Ziegler of Artisan Farms, and ringmaster Christian Craig. (Photo © Sportfot)
Victoria Colvin (USA) topped a starting field of 63 to produce the fastest double-clear effort in 43.06 seconds over seven jump-off contenders. Katherine Strauss (USA), 17, who won Saturday’s Artisan Farms U25 Welcome Stake took second aboard her own All In and posted a time of 43.42 seconds. Madison Goetzmann (USA), 15, rode her own Wrigley to round out the top five with a four-fault jump-off round in 41.24 seconds.
Juan Jose Zendejas Salgado (MEX) took fourth with Tino La Chapelle for Alejandro Zendejas on four faults in 42.50 seconds, while Nicole Bellissimo (USA) and Harley David capped the top five on four in 42.50 seconds for Bellissimo, LLC.
Colvin, who has competed in the U25 Grand Prix Series twice in previous years, got the ride on Zidane only a few weeks ago and produced a win in the third class together.
“He’s a joy to ride,” she said. “He jumped fantastic today – he’s like a hunter, which I love. You just let go, squeeze and float around the course. He has a huge stride, so if you ever have a short line, you just leave out.”
Zidane’s stride played to Colvin’s advantage as she approached the last fence of the jump-off, an oxer approaching the in-gate. She was the final rider on course after Strauss produced a quick, clear round right before her.
“I knew Tori was going after me and she’s a very fast rider, but I saw a lot of people have the last one down, so I took my time and Tori didn’t,” said Strauss.
Colvin produced just the right amount of speed from Zidane and stole the win from Strauss with only fractions of a second to spare.
“Yesterday’s win was a confidence boost, but this is a very humbling sport and anything can happen,” continued Strauss. “I just wanted to put myself in a good position for the rest of the Series, and I couldn’t have asked for more from my horse day.”
Top finishers agreed that the tracks set by Course Designer Catsy Cruz of Mexico were a good challenge.
“She really tested the rider’s ability to be within the time allowed, but do the correct number of strides,” said third-place rider Goetzmann. “I think maybe I was a little too eager today and that’s why I had a rail. It’s my first year being eligible for this division, and I was very excited to compete. It’s a great way to develop us younger riders to make the transition into the bigger classes.”
Class sponsors Carlene Ziegler, owner of Artisan Farms, Missy Sage from The Dutta Corp, and Timmy and Laurie Sharma, owners of Equine Couture and TuffRider, were on hand to present winner’s prizes to the top three riders and were honored to watch the future of show jumping compete.
“We are honored to be a part of this transition period for them and it’s a perfect market for us – these are the riders we design and manufacture for,” said Laurie Sharma.
“This is our second year sponsoring this series and while it’s exciting to see returning faces, there are a lot of new riders, which makes it a very dynamic division that’s always changing,” continued Timmy Sharma.
Colvin hopes to continue riding Zidane in U25 competition, which continues with the Team Event during WEF Week 4 in the Global International Ring at The Stadium at PBIEC.
“I want to thank everyone who contributes to this division,” said Colvin. “It’s a great opportunity for young riders, and I’m excited that I have this horse to show in it.”
Presented by The Dutta Corp. in association with Guido Klatte, the Artisan Farms Under 25 Grand Prix Series (AFU25GPS) returns to the Winter Equestrian Festival for its sixth season this year. Throughout the circuit, the series offers a total of $170,000 in prize money while showcasing top young talent in show jumping sport. Open to competitors of all nationalities aged 25 and under, the AFU25GPS is sanctioned by the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), giving many riders their first experience competing at the 1.45m level under FEI rules.
Final Results: $25,000 Artisan Farms Under 25 Grand Prix, presented by Equine Couture/TuffRider
1 ZIDANE: 2004 Dutch Warmblood gleding by Sam R x Calvados
VICTORIA COLVIN (USA), Springfield Showjumpers: 0/0/43.06
2 ALL IN: 2005 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Aachen x Indoctro
KATHERINE STRAUSS (USA), Katherine Strauss, LLC: 0/0/43.42
3 WRIGLEY: 2003 Dutch Warmblood mare by Faj van der Burg x Burggraaf
MADISON GOETZMANN (USA), Madison Goetzmann: 0/4/41.24
4 TINO LA CHAPELLE: N/A
JUAN JOSE ZENDEJAS SALGADO (MEX), Alejandro Zendejas: 0/4/42.50
5 HARLEY DAVID: 2007 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Harley VDL x Randel Z Hann
NICOLE BELLISSIMO (USA), Bellissimo, LLC: 0/4/44.34
6 ZIDANTE: 2004 Dutch Warmblood mare by Cantos x Herannus
KELLI CRUCIOTTI (USA), Serenity Equestrian Ventures: 0/4/45.11
7 JUANITA: 2004 Dutch Warmblood mare by Sonique x Ferro
TINA DI LANDRI (USA), Highpoint Farm, LLC: 0/9/48.67
8 HEROS DE PAPIGNES Z: 2004 Zangersheide gelding by Heartbreaker
JUAN JOSE ZENDEJAS SALGADO (MEX), Alejandro Zendejas: 1/74.55
9 VITESSE: 2002 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Krunch de Breve x Jeraldo
HILARY MCNERNEY (USA), Hilary McNerney: 1/76.40
10 QUIDAM MB: 2005 Oldenburg gelding by Quidam’s Rubin x Argentinus
ADRIENNE STERNLICHT (USA), Starlight Farms, LLC: 1/76.42
11 COLORLAND’S CHEYENNE: 2006 Hanoverian mare by Coupe de Couer x Landfriese II
JENNY RANKIN (IRL), Carl Handley: 1/77.99
12 MAN IN BLACK: 2002 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Gentleman x Calvados
ANDRE MERSHAD (USA), Mershad Stables, LLC: 2/78.04
Source: Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.