Super Start to Summer
Skyland Farm riders and horses started the summer show season with fantastic results at the Upperville Colt & Horse Show, the Loudoun Benefit, both held at the Upperville, Virginia show grounds, and the Swan Lake Summer Kick-Off Classic in Pennsylvania.
Abbie Taylor and Linda Taylor’s Here ‘Tiz topped the competitive NAL/WIHS Adult Hunter Classic at Loudoun after claiming the Adult Amateur, 18-35, Reserve Championship. They also jumped to eighth place in the rain during the NAL/WIHS Adult Hunter Classic at Upperville.
Ainsley Treptow’s The Impressionist returned to the show ring after winning last September’s $250,000 HITS Hunter Classic in New York and placed third in the USHJA National Hunter Derby at Loudoun with Chiara Parlagreco in the irons. The pair earned a first-round score of 91 on their way to a notable performance for their first time out in nine months.
Elizabeth Wiley and her flashy chestnut Marvalust continued their top performances in the Adult Amateur and Thoroughbred classes, taking excellent ribbons in both sections during Upperville and Loudoun. Paula Nevins’ Quinn jumped to a seventh-placed ribbon in the USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Stake at Swan Lake with a super performance under Denice Perry.
In the jumper ring, Denice Perry and Cirena took blue ribbons at Upperville and at the Swan Lake Summer Kick-Off Classic in the 1.20m section, while Alex Tippett guided El Cano to two red ribbons at Swan Lake in the 1.0m jumpers.
A special thank-you to Teresa Ramsay for the beautiful photographs.