WEF 2016 Debut
The 2016 Winter Equestrian Festival circuit in Wellington, Florida, got underway at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center on January 13-17, and the Skyland Farm team started out strongly with ribbons from the ponies to the hunters and equitation.
Emma Pell and Forget Me Not continued their winning ways from 2015 with the Small Pony Hunter Owner/Rider Reserve Championship in a competitive field of 23 top ponies. Emma also guided Virginia Bonnie’s Wink And Smile to excellent ribbons, including a sixth in the Small Pony Hunter Classic.
“Both ponies went really well all weekend with many ribbons despite the weather on Sunday,” said trainer Denice Perry of the tornado warnings that postponed the start of the show that day.
Leslie Kopp’s Fenwick made his presence known during WEF 1, winning ribbons and receiving jogs in nearly all of his classes with his owner and professional rider Chiara Carney. Highlights were his two second-placed ribbons in the 3’6″ Performance Working Hunters out of 31 entries. “He was super,” said Denice. “He was really consistent over the week, in the Performance Hunters with Chiara and in the highly competitive 3’3″ Amateur-Owner Hunter section with Leslie. We are really excited about this wonderful horse.”
Leslie and Chiara also shared the ride aboard Gold Coast, with ribbons in the 3’6″ Performance Working Hunters as well as the Adult Equitation, respectively.
“It was a great start to the show circuit,” said Denice. “I’m looking forward to a fantastic winter season with many more fun and rewarding weeks ahead of us.”