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Tori Colvin and Zambia Mystic Rose jump clear to win $35,000 NetJets Welcome Stake CSI2* at Great Lakes Equestrian Festival

Saturday, 21 July 2018
CSI2* Great Lakes Equestrian Festival 2018

Photo (c) Diana Hadsall Photography Tori Colvin and Zambia Mystic Rose. Photo (c) Diana Hadsall Photography.

The third week of the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival (GLEF) welcomes the first week of international competition at the Flintfields Horse Park. In the Grand Prix Ring on Friday, it was Tori Colvin of the United States and Zambia Mystic Rose who executed the only double-clear round of the class to win the $35,000 NetJets Welcome Stake CSI2*.

The first round proved challenging for athletes as only seven out of 45 combinations cleared the Bernardo Costa Cabral-designed course. Peter Wylde (USA) and Cicero's Electric, owned by Aram Ampagoumian LLC, were the early clear pathfinders in round one and the first pair to tackle the shortened course in the jump-off, finishing in 37.88 seconds with 4 faults.

Following another 4-fault round from Ireland's Paul O'Shea and Tequestrian Farms LLC's Imerald Van't Voorhof in 40.82 seconds, Santiago Diaz Ortega (COL) and Cerano Vin Dingenshof, who were third in the jump-off order-of-go, just nearly completed a fault-free round in 36.25 seconds until the final rail came down.

Colvin and Zambia Mystic Rose, owned by RM Agronegocias and Victoria Colvin LLC, entered the Grand Prix Ring next, determined to take over the lead. The pair rode one less stride everywhere throughout the course to surpass earlier contenders and set the standard to beat for the rest of the jump-off with a fault-free, speedy round in 34.99 seconds. Three more athletes would attempt to outdo Colvin, however, her carefulness and efficiency around the course would ultimately lend her the win.

The 20-year-old professional athlete partnered with the 9-year-old mare, affectionately known as "Rosie" in the barn, earlier this year after teaming up with top sport horse producer Haras Rosa Mystica based out of Brazil. Since the start of the GLEF circuit, the pair have claimed multiple top finishes, including placing second in the $30,000 Welcome Stake during Week I.

Ortega and Javier Estrada Gonzalez's Cerano Vin Dingenshof finished the class as the fastest of the 4-faulters in second place, with Scott Lenkart and Fleur De Lis Farms' Ziezo taking home third place with 4 faults in 37.59 seconds.

On Zambia Mystic Rose, Colvin said: "This is my fifth show on [Zambia Mystic Rose], and every class I do she just gets better and better. Her stride is humongous. From one to two I think I left out probably more than I thought I was going to leave out but her stride just covers so much ground. Her biggest class [so far] was at Upperville in the CSI4* grand prix. It was very large. She just jumps with so much ease."

"I'm just kind of getting to know her," Colvin said. "I haven't really had a top jumper in a while so to get back in the big jumper ring took a couple of trips but we're getting there. It feels amazing. I'm so blessed to have her and thankful for the owner. She's just been very special."


Press release from Phelps Media Group, Inc.

Picture © Diana Hadsall Photography

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