Walking into the Capital One Arena in downtown Washington, D.C. for the first time at the Washington International Horse Show can be daunting. But Skyland riders Mosie Pennington and Meghan Finlay kept their composure and walked out ribbon winners during this year’s competition, October 22-27.
Mosie and Dreamscape earned the reserve championship in the WIHS Regional Pony Hunter Finals, with a second-placed performance over fences during Sunday’s final class in the Capital One Arena.
Earlier in the week, Meghan Finlay and Sofia Car placed fifth in the competitive $10,000 WIHS Children’s Jumper Final! They jumped clear over a challenging course in the first round to qualify for the jump-off, where they finished as the second-fastest four-fault round.
It was a great week for both riders and their partners, and they all rose to the occasion!
Special thanks to Orlando Cruz and Emma Pell for their support during Washington!
The Skyland team split their time between the Pennsylvania National Horse Show and the WIHS Regionals/USHJA Zone 3 Championships in Maryland during October 17-20 and earned impressive accolades at each competitive venue.
At the WIHS Regionals, Dreamscape and Mosie Pennington placed first and second over fences and fourth under saddle for the Children’s Small Pony Hunter championship. By virtue of their consistent performances, the pair also captured the Grand Championship!
Mosie and Dreamscape have now qualified to travel to downtown Washington, D.C., to compete in the Regional Finals class on Sunday at the Washington International Horse Show.
Leslie Kopp and Griffin continued their successful show season with reserve championship honors in the highly competitive Adult Amateur, 36 and over, Hunter section. With second- and third-placed ribbons over fences out of 18 entries, they showed off their strong partnership and impressed the judges.
Michele Trufant and Dancing Ollie also took tricolor honors, theirs in the 2’6” Thoroughbred section. They earned two second places over fences and were first under saddle for a great weekend in the show ring.
Michele also showed her longtime partner Prime Time to consistent ribbons in the Adult Amateur and Low Hunter sections and her Itchy Garrett to ribbons in all of the Low Adult Amateur Jumper classes they contested.
Up in Harrisburg Pennsylvania, Emma Pell and Meghan Finlay both had a wonderful experience.
Emma and Santos had two clean rounds in the $12,500 NAL Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Final, leaving with a great pink ribbon in a highly competitive class of 29 entries.
Meghan made her fall indoor shows debut with a fast eight-fault first round in the $12,500 NAL Children’s Jumper Final and jumped great aboard Sofia Car. Best of luck this Tuesday at the WIHS Children’s Jumper Final in downtown Washington, D.C.
The Skyland Farm team went head-to-head with many of the best riders and horses from throughout the country during the Capital Challenge, held September 27-October 6 in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.
Highlights included Mosie Pennington and Dreamscape making their first Capital Challenge appearance and even taking home a ribbon in the highly competitive Small Pony Hunters!
Emma Pell rode Santos and Ari 55 to excellent rounds in the very challenging 1.20/1.25m Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper section. Emma and Santos placed an impressive fourth in the Welcome on Friday with a great round and were ninth in the Classic on Saturday night over a technical and demanding course.
Great job Mosie and Emma on rising to the Challenge!
The Maryland Horse & Pony Show, held September 9-13, is often considered the beginning of the fall show season. The juniors are back in school, the mornings can be crisp and cool in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, and riders are focusing on the year-end finals. This year, the Skyland Farm team welcomed in the new season with ample victories and new faces.
Skyland welcomed Meghan Finlay, of Oakton, Virginia, to the family with her two horses Chabalouba Sun and Sofia Car. Chabalouba Sun competes in the Junior Hunters and Equitation, while Sofia is a competitive Children’s Jumper.
Meghan and Chabalouba Sun captured the win in the VHSA Equitation on the Flat, placed third in the 3’3″ NHS Medal, fourth in the THIS Children’s Medal and also won ribbons in the 3’3″ Junior Hunter, 16-17, section. Aboard Sofia, Meghan placed second the Low Children’s/Adult Jumper speed class and earned other ribbons in the division.
Emma Pell finished just behind Meghan in the VHSA Equitation on the flat, placed second in the VHSA Medal and then claimed an impressive fifth place in the MHSA Medal Finals aboard F-15. Emma also won the coveted Sportsmanship Award.
Mosie Pennington also shined in the equitation, capturing fifth in the MHSA Pony Medal Final aboard Dreamscape.
“She was awesome in her first finals!” said trainer Denice Perry. Mosie and Dreamscape also earned ribbons in the Small Pony Hunters in a competitive section.
Sarah Freidah’s medium pony Farnley Marathon made his mark in the show ring by earning the USHJA Hunter championship with Denice aboard.
We’re also thrilled to welcome Katie Pohlman to the Skyland team as the Assistant Trainer.
We look forward to a wonderful fall and indoor show season in October and November!
Always an August highlight, the Lexington National Horse Show continued to bring success and fun for the Skyland Farm team. Emma Pell started in the Low/Medium Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper section, capturing the championship aboard Ari 55 and the reserve championship with Santos. Emma won a class on each horse and also collected top ribbons for her sweep.
Leslie Kopp and Cesar VDB Z placed second by fractions in the NAL/WIHS Adult Jumper Classic. Leslie also picked up ribbons in the Low Adult Amateur Jumpers with Cesar, Doman and Carduzo.
“She rode great and had a wonderful show,” said trainer Denice Perry. “She also earned ribbons on Griffin in the 3’3″ Amateur-Owner Hunters, and he also won a Performance Working Hunter class earlier in the week.” Many ribbons on Doman, carduzo and Cesar in jumpers. She rode great.
With the Lexington National featuring the EMO/VHSA Medal Finals, competition was tough in the equitation classes throughout the week. Emma placed an impressive fourth in the VHSA Medal Finals and was sixth in the Amy Reistrup Equitation Finals.
“Emma rode beautifully in both classes but had an unfortunate rail in AYR final that cost her few points,” said Denice. “But she and F-15 were super in both finals.”
Emma also rode Sarah Freidah’s Farnley Marathon to nice ribbons in the Virginia-bred Pony Hunter section, including a nice win in the model.
Danielle DeRisio and Cirena were super consistent and fast in the Low Adult Jumpers and picked up a second, third and fifth. “The show was a great send-off for Danielle as she returns to college,” said Denice. “We will miss her!”
Denice rode her homebred C’Superman to consistent ribbons throughout the week in the Baby Greens and Young Hunters, including a well-earned blue ribbon in the Young Hunter, 6 and under, section.
“We had a a very good show. All the horses went super with many ribbons,” said Denice. “And now we take a short break for some vacation time before the fall show season starts!”
Emma Pell and Santos galloped and jumped their way to team gold for Zone 3 in the 1.30m-1.35m USHJA Zone Jumper Team Championships, held July 13-14 at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, North Carolina.
Emma, of Winchester, Virginia, joined three other teammates to compete for Zone 3, and they captured the gold medal by 3 faults.
RESULTS, 1.30/1.35m Junior and Amateur Jumper Team Championships
GOLD: Zone 3, Final Score: 13 Rider / Horse / Hometown • Angela Pollex / Elbo VDL / Troutman, N.C. • Kara Jones / End Game / Cornelius, N.C. • Emma Pell / Santos / Winchester, Va. • Judy Sutton / Win A Date / Maggie Valley, N.C.
Emma also piloted Ari 55 to victories in both of the 1.20m Low Junior Jumper classes they contested and placed second in the Classic for the section championship. “They were awesome!” said trainer Denice Perry. “She also won the Platinum Performance/USEF Talent Search 2* class and the WIHS Jumper Phase with him. They had an amazing week!”
Denice and her homebred C’Ironman earned the 2’6″ USHJA Hunter championship with blue ribbons in two over fences classes out of 20 entries. They also earned ribbons in the 2’9″ USHJA Hunters.
Denice also rode Leslie Kopp’s Carduzo to clean rounds in the 1.10m and 1.15m jumper classes. “I was super pleased as he had time off and feels great coming back,” said Denice. “Leslie will pick up the reins on him during our next show.”
The Skyland Farm team had a banner week at the HITS Showday National, held July 3-7 in Culpeper, Virginia.
Taking home the blue ribbon in the $2,500 Pyranha Junior/Amateur-Owner/Amateur 1.20m Jumper Classic was Emma Pell and Santos. Emma also guided F-15 to some excellent performances during the week, winning the VHSA Equitation on the Flat and placing second in the MHSA Junior Medal.
HITS Culpeper is host to the Culpeper Equitation Classic, a class designed for Junior, Amateur, Children and Adult riders showing at 3’ or 3’6”. The rider who accumulates the most points throughout the season will automatically qualify for their respective Medal Final at the Marshall & Sterling Insurance League National or Indoor Finals. Emma rode to second in this competitive class aboard F-15.
Mosie Pennington and Dreamscape earned yet another tricolor, with the championship in the Small Pony Hunter section with two wins over fences on the second day. Mosie was also third in the USEF Pony Medal class and earned excellent ribbons on Yours Truly in the Small/Medium Children’s Pony Hunter section.
Danielle DeRisio and Cirena continued their consistently good performances at Culpeper. The pair placed third in the Low Children’s/Adult Jumper Classic and also claimed second in a Low Adult Jumper class.
Emma rode Sarah Freidah’s Farnely Marathon in the Virginia-bred Pony Hunter section, where they once again earned excellent ribbons and won the model class.
Mosie Pennington and Dreamscape had a dream show during the Warrenton Pony Show, held June 26-30 in Warrenton, Virginia.
The pair earned the reserve championship in the Small Pony Hunter section with victories in the handy and conformation over fences classes. They also placed second in a competitive field of 21 in the $2,500 Hunter Pony Classic. The classic was held under the lights at the historic Warrenton Horse Show grounds in front of an appreciative crowd!
“It was a late night for the classic, but Mosie had a strong finish,” said trainer Denice Perry.
Mosie also placed an impressive fifth in the VHSA/LMCF/EMO Pony Equitation Finals.
Additionally, Farnley Marathon won the Registered Virginia-bred Pony Hunter model and earned a fourth under saddle, and fifth over fences with catch rider Kacy Baumgart, as regular rider Emma Pell was out of town.
Mosie also enjoyed the adorable dwarf minis that came to the show from Peeps Rescue in Florida. So cute!
Skyland Farm enjoyed a second week at the beautiful Grafton/Salem show grounds in Upperville, Virginia for the annual Loudoun Benefit Horse Show. It’s great fun showing in your back yard with good friends and sleeping in your own bed at night!
Mosie Pennington made some dreams come true with Dreamscape as she collected the Small Pony Hunter championship. She earned top-three ribbons in every class in the section, including an impressive victory in the handy class.
Mosie and Emma Pell combined forces with Judith Hahn’s Twizzler to claim the Virginia Bred Pony Hunter championship. Twizzler won over fences and under saddle for the top honors over a competitive group of ponies.
Emma also rode her F-15 to excellent ribbons in the big equitation classes, taking top-six ribbons in the ASPCA Maclay, the WIHS and the VHSA Medal.
In the jumper ring, Leslie Kopp and the veteran El Cano continued to add more accolades to their record, winning the High Adult Amateur Jumper reserve championship. Leslie and Cesar VDB Z also earned ribbons in the section and jumped to an impressive second place in the $1,500 NAL/WIHS Adult Jumper Classic.
Emma also won the 1.30/1.40m Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper speed class aboard Santos and placed seventh in the $5,000 NAL Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic.
Danielle DeRisio and Cirena had two Schooling Jumper blue ribbons and placed second and third in the Low Adult Amateur Jumpers for a great show together.
Please enjoy our gallery of photos and fond memories from Loudoun!
The Skyland Farm team had much to celebrate during the Upperville Colt and Horse Show, held June 3-9 in Upperville, Virginia.
For Emma Pell it was an especially memorable week, as she celebrated her Sweet 16th Birthday and also showed in the Jumpers and Equitation divisions with great results.
Emma won the VHSA/EMO Hunt Seat Medal class on on F-15 and also earned a third and fifth aboard Santos in the 1.30m Medium Junior Jumpers. The pair culminated their Upperville experience with a well-earned fifth place in the Medium Junior Jumper Classic.
Mosie Pennington also earned excellent ribbons in two divisions–placing second in the VHSA/LMCF Pony Medal and USEF Pony Medal aboard Dreamscape. The duo also earned ribbons in the Small Pony Hunter section, and Mosie piloted Yours Truly to ribbons in the Local Small Ponies.
Leslie Kopp enjoyed many clear rounds in the jumpers during Upperville, with clear round blue ribbons aboard El Cano, Cesar VDB Z, Doman and Carduzo. She also earned ribbons in the 1.10m Masters aboard Cesar VDB Z and El Cano, with a fifth in the Classic with Cesar.
Danielle DeRisio returned from her freshman year of college at Sacred Heart University and reunited with her long-time partner Cirena to show at Upperville where they earned many blue-ribbon clear rounds. Likewise, clear round blues went to Carduzo and Denice, Cesar and Katie Pohlman, Doman with Denice and Itchy Garret with Michele Trufant–the latter also placing fifth in the Thoroughbred Jumper Classic.
We’re looking forward to a great week at the Loudoun Benefit!
At Skyland Farm we are committed to helping you reach your goals, whether you want to win at the country's best shows or simply improve your horsemanship and riding skills.
Skyland Farm is a full-service equestrian training center dedicated to the best of care and producing top hunters, jumpers and ponies. We have programs suited for all levels from short and long stirrup through to the grand prix level.
Trainer Denice DeRisio Perry is a United States Hunter Jumper Association Level 1 Certified Trainer and a United States Equestrian Federation R-rated judge in hunters, jumpers and equitation.