Lexington, Ky. – Aug. 17, 2021 – The Bluegrass Festival Horse Show kicked off in the Walnut Ring Tuesday morning with the first round of the Platinum Performance USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Championship. 126 of the nation’s top hunter equestrians took center stage as they rode to try and take an early and commanding lead during day one of the competition. The Incentive Championship will take place over three days, as the horses are judged on their form and style throughout each round. Victoria Colvin leads day one after placing first on Doctor’s Orders and second on Mastermind, while Hunt Tosh and Twain round out the top three.
The Green Hunter Incentive Program is open to horses eligible to compete in the Green Hunters 3’0″, 3’3″, 3’6″, and 3’9″ heights. The program is designed to encourage the development of green horses and is multifaceted to include the Platinum Performance/USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Championships, regional championships, and stake classes throughout the year and across the country. The Platinum Performance/USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Championship brings forth some of the top hunter athletes across the country who compete over three days at their designated height. All horses compete in the first two rounds, in which they receive numerical scores. The top 30 horses, including those tied for 30th, with the highest combined scores from the first two rounds, advance to the third round, where they start with a clean slate.
Victoria Colvin and Doctor’s Orders, an 8-year-old Westphalian gelding owned by Brad Wolf, layed down a seemingly flawless round, showcasing the young horse’s maturity and athletic ability through the 8-obstacle course. Colvin and Doctor’s Orders caught judges’ eye with their presence and the form and style that they showcased throughout the round. Once all of the factors were considered they were able to secure a total score of 278, which would help keep them in the lead throughout the remainder of the class. This talented young horse has proven himself time and time again in the Green Hunters and the National Derby’s as he has placed at the top of competitive fields all summer.