Lexington, Ky. – Jan. 23, 2018 – Victoria Colvin is proud to congratulate John and Stephanie Ingram, LLC on behalf of their horse Cuba for earning the title of US Equestrian National Horse of the Year. Colvin is further thrilled to have contributed to Cuba’s 2017 success which resulted in the deserved winning of such a prestigious title. Making the honor even more special is the fact that the winner is voted upon by the entire equestrian community inclusive of all disciplines, with popular vote deciding the recipient.
“I’m thrilled for every part of our program, from Tom Wright to Torrey Hardison who takes care of the horses, and of course Tori Colvin, who is an amazing rider, hard worker and lovely young woman. It is a thrill to have a horse of this caliber,” said John Ingram. “Stephanie and I are so humbled that he has won this honor. We are grateful to have Cuba in our lives and we are always aiming for what is in his best interest. People who love this horse can rest assured that he will be well taken care of for the rest of his life. We look forward to a long relationship with this special horse.”
Cuba (Namelus R x Ups-A-Daisy/Mermus R) is a 2007 KWPN gelding owned by John and Stephanie Ingram, LLC. The Ingrams purchased the gelding in the beginning of 2017 with the Amateur-Owner divisions and International Hunter Derbies as the ultimate goal. Having proven himself a successful hunter, Cuba started his campaign as a derby horse just one year ago. Over the course of only five competitions, Cuba closed the competition year with the most money won by any hunter horse at an impressive $55,853.
Cuba’s flagship achievement was earned in August 2017 as the champion at the $268,550 USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship with Colvin in the irons. She and Cuba earned scores of 92.00, 88.75 and 88.25, plus the highest handy scores of the night at 10, 9 and 9 to secure the top spot at the prestigious finals. The four high option fences further added to her score for a grand total of 309.00 and a two-day score of 584.25, nearly 10 points ahead of the reserve champion.
“Cuba has become such a special horse in my life. I’ve ridden hundreds of hunter horses during my riding career, but it’s hard to top his talent,” said Colvin. “I’m so excited for the Ingrams and the whole team that takes care of Cuba, and I’m honored to have the ride on him. I’d like to thank US Equestrian and the entire equestrian community for realizing how special he is and awarding him this deserved title.”
Outside of derbies with Colvin, Cuba also flaunts his talents in the Amateur Owner divisions with owner John Ingram. At the 2017 Hampton Classic Horse Show, the pair rode to the reserve championship to add to their repertoire of achievements. The Ingrams have no plans to retire the phenom horse any time soon, and they, in addition to Colvin, ar eager for a long and prosperous career in the show ring.