Hemmingford Native Home from Second Invite to the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

Stephanie McBride info@stephmcbride.com
Publié le 22 novembre 2016

Vanessa Krohn competes at The Royals.

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At the age of 14, local Vanessa Krohn has already competed in Toronto’s the Royal twice. Her first time she was a mere 12 years of age, competing with her pony Captain Cassanova.

It was a huge accomplishment for a young girl on a young horse. Tina Calvarese Krohn

This year, the Hemmingford resident returned to one of the most prestigious horse shows in North America astride a different mount—the six-year-old Belvedere. She returns home proud of her season and is already mapping out her goals for 2017.

This was Krohn’s first year competing in the Junior Hunters, which is a 3’6” division. Over the course of 2016, the youth also participated in the Jump Canada medal class, as well as the Sandridge Junior medal class, taking home the title of Reserve Champion of Quebec in the Junior Hunter division and Champion of Quebec in both the Sandridge and Jump Canada. If that wasn’t enough, Krohn, who still finds the time to practice piano daily, also participated in a few classes of the CET medal in the jumper ring.

At the halfway mark of the 2016 show season, the Krohn family knew that Vanessa would qualify for the Royal —an objective that the honour student has worked towards since the family acquired Belvedere. Sired out of BrattZ/Baloubet du Rouet, a former Olympic competitor and a Hanoverian mare, Belvedere is still considered to be green—he is much younger than most of the other horses competing in the ring. Trained entirely by Vanessa’s father, Rick, and in large part the youth herself, the chestnut gelding is now owned by Vanessa. This wasn’t the duo’s first season together—two years ago, Krohn was named Regional champion alongside Belvedere in the Baby green division.

Overall, Krohn, is proud of her season, coming in 8th, 10th and 11th in Canada. “She is very happy. She competed against much older riders with much more experienced mounts. It was a huge accomplishment for a young girl on a young horse. Her goal for next year is to compete and qualify for the CET finals. We would also like to do a few shows on the US circuit in New York and Vermont,” said Krohn’s mother, Tina Calvarese Krohn. “The road to success comes through hard work, determination and sacrifice. Vanessa is the perfect example of that. She puts in 100% in everything she does,” added her mother. Currently, Krohn’s father coaches Vanessa. She rides out of Havelock’s Covey Hill Equestrian Centre.