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Victoria Colvin Dominates Small and Medium Pony Hunters at 124th National Horse Show

Maggie Gampfer and Andaba Capture Large Pony Championship

Wellington, FL - December 9, 2007 - Large, Medium, and Small Pony Hunters took center stage in the Rost Arena today at the 124th National Horse Show and Family Festival. Competitors participated in over fences and under saddle classes, and championship ribbons were presented to those with the most points overall.

Large Ponies, sponsored by William A. Marquard, competed at 8:00 a.m. this morning, and Maggie Gampfer guided Andaba to championship honors. After a successful weekend, the pair received the top tricolor. Fifteen-year-old Gampfer resides in Wellington, FL, and attends Palm Beach Central High School.

"Andaba is a mare, and she's really easy to ride," commented Gampfer. "You just kind of let go, and she finds the jumps for you. She felt really good on course this weekend. She was nice and open, and she let you just canter down the lines. She was really good."

"I started riding her about a month ago," she revealed. "I ride her for Huckleberry Farms in California. She came down here after Harrisburg to get sold. She's adorable. In the barn, she loves to be the princess. If you walk by her stall without giving her a treat, she'll neigh at you or try to bite you. She just likes to be loved on."

The reserve championship in the Large Pony Hunters went to Follow The Laughter and Victoria Colvin of Loxahatchee, FL. Colvin piloted Follow The Laughter for owner Scott Stewart of Flemington, NJ.

Medium Pony Hunters were next in the order of go, and Colvin added to her ribbon collection with two more tricolors. The 10 year old rode Cortina to the championship, and her second mount, Allure, won the reserve. Allure is owned by Richard Prant of Flemington, NJ.

"Cortina and Allure were both really good today," smiled Colvin. "They're both easy to ride - you just loop the reins. It feels good to be both champion and reserve today." Colvin is in the fifth grade at the #1 Education Place in Wellington, FL. She trains with renowned hunter rider Scott Stewart.

"I thought she rode great," stated Stewart. "She was very consistent all yesterday and today. I thought she really rode each pony well." Colvin accrued another championship in the Alyana Farm Small Pony Hunters aboard her pony Ballou.

"Ballou was good," she added. "He felt a little spooky at first, but then he was fine. He's easy. He lives on our farm at home." She described his personality as "always happy," and she noted that the pony will trot up to her when she goes out to get him in the paddock.

Ballou was also awarded the Grand Pony Hunter Championship. The reserve championship for the Small Pony Hunters was presented to Hi Lite and Lucille Oken of Charlotte, NC.

The 124th National Horse Show and Family Festival concluded today at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington, FL. The show has been an annual tradition since 1883, and participants at the National Horse Show look forward to future competitions in the years to come.

Photo Credit: Victoria Colvin and Cortina. Photo (C) 2007 Jenny Ross for Phelps Media Group. Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.


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