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It’s a Strong WEF Start for Skyland

Meghan Finlay and Tory Burch

The Skyland Farm team enjoyed a super debut on the 2022 Winter Equestrian Festival circuit in Wellington, Florida.

Michele Trufant and her Itchy Garrett earned red and blue in the Adult Training and 1.0m Jumpers. “What a fantastic start for the pair’s first time at WEF!” said trainer Denice Perry.

After taking a break to have a foal, Tory Burch went right back to her winning ways with owner/rider Meghan Finlay. The pair won both classes the first day out and subsequently ended up reserve champions, missing the championship by a small margin in the Low Adult Hunters.

Natalie Wasson arrived in time to cheer her teammates on and will start competing this week with her horses, too.

“We are all enjoying the amazing farm of Andrew Bourns and miss the rest of the Skyland team that has not joined us yet. We’re looking forward to a great winter show season,” said Denice.

Michele Trufant and Natalie Wasson with Itchy Garrett
Meghan Finlay and Tory Burch with the reserve ribbon!

Kiltubrid Rhapsody

Congratulations to Natalie Wasson and Kiltubrid Rhapsody on their achievements on the 2022 Winter Equestrian Festival circuit, and we wish them much success during the rest of the show season. (Sportfot Photo)

Skyland Scores Top Placings at WIHS Regionals and Zone 3 Finals

Mosie Pennington with Lapis, left, and Cirena with her mother, Laura

The Washington International Regional and Zone 3 Finals went super for Skyland Farm. The competition was held at Morven Park in Leesburg, Virginia.

Skyland Farm’s Cirena, ridden by Mosie Pennington, had great results in the Children’s Jumpers, including second place in the Zone 3 Low Children’s Jumper Final!

Mosie also made her presence known in the hunter ring, riding Lapis to great ribbons in the Children’s Hunters on Saturday as well as some Zone Final placings on Sunday.

Michele Trufant and her Thoroughbred Itchy Garrett had four beautiful clean rounds in the Low Adult Jumpers and 1.0m classes. For their efforts, they earned excellent ribbons in all classes.

Michele Trufant and Brooke Ballhaus

Caitlin Horan and Michele Trufant’s long-time partner Prime Time made their showing debut together with ribbons in the USHJA and Thoroughbred classes. Congratulations Caitlin!

Brooke Ballhaus and Beverly’s Beebop had good ribbons in all the hunter classes while practicing for the “Big Eq” next week. She was also second in the VHSA Children’s Medal.

Joe Stroh and For Pete’s Sake also had some nice ribbons in the Low Adult Jumpers.

Additionally, Chloe Welsh, daughter of Skyland team member Lindsay Welsh, received some nice ribbons in the Short Stirrup sections aboard High Hopes Sable, with her wonderful trainer Carol Eichner. 

Chloe Welsh with High Hopes Sable and Carol Eichner
Joe Stroh and For Pete’s Sake
Michele Trufant and Caitlin Horan with Prime Time
Caitlin Horan and Prime Time
Mosie Pennington and Cirena

Skyland is On Fire this Fall

The Skyland team at the Piedmont Jumper Classic

Cirena and Mosie Pennington, Michele Trufant and itchy Garrett, Natalie Wasson and Sofia Car, Brooke Ballhaus and CK Sport Horses Lennox, and Joe and Dorothy Stroh had numerous ribbons and strong Sunday Classic awards at the beautiful Piedmont Jumper Classic in Upperville, Virginia.

Meanwhile, at the same time, Natalie Wasson and Vigo De Cento competed in the age group equitation at the Capital Challenge Horse Show in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, with some top scores with the best rider’s in the country.

“Natalie competed on her 7-year-old, who was amazing for his age,” said trainer Denice Perry. “They have a bright future!”

Chloe Welsh and High Hopes Sable

In addition, Chloe Welsh, daughter of Skyland competitor Lindsay Welsh, started her show ring career with a clean sweep of the Short Stirrup Equitation at the Clarke County Fairgrounds on High Hopes Sable with our long-time friend and trainer Carol Eichner.

“Go Chloe! Your future is looking pretty good!” said Denice.

Classic Performances For Skyland at the Middleburg Classic

Rebecca and Mary Lou Glover’s Blush with rider Eddyn Molden

The Skyland Farm team enjoyed their time at the Middleburg Classic, a barn favorite hometown show, held September 21-26 in Upperville.

Mary Lou and Becca Glover’s Blush continued to shine in the Green Pony section. The elegant chestnut earned the show championship with top scores and three blue ribbons over fences with rider Eddyn Molden in the irons. Blush also placed second in the under saddle to add to her tricolor points.

Blush and Eddyn Molden

“She went beautifully,” said trainer Denice Perry, of the Small Pony who is available for sale or lease.

Mosie Pennington won good ribbons in the Children’s Hunter, 14 and under, section aboard the gray Lapis. Earlier in the week, Chiara Parlagreco and Lapis won both Local Pro over fences classes and earned the division reserve championship.

Chiara Parlagreco and Lapis

Lindsay Welsh’s Rocketeer was spectacular, ending up 11th out of 50 in a really strong field in the Middleburg Hunter Classic. “They are a beautiful pair, and he jumped amazingly,” said Denice.

Eddyn and her Fruitcake earned the Take 2 Thoroughbred Hunter championship with a first and second over fences and the win under saddle. The pair also collected the top call in the $500 Take 2 Thoroughbred Hunter Classic and received nice ribbons in the 3’6″ Small Junior Hunters, including a third under saddle.

Fruitcake and Eddyn Molden

Our visitor Caroline Burke, from Saratoga New York, rode beautifully on Lysa Burke Hutton’s Voila. They won some nice ribbons, and it was so fun to see Lysa out and about cheering everyone on.

Natalie Wasson and Brooke Ballhaus also won some prizes in the Junior Hunters on their equitation horses as the show didn’t offer equitation. “All and all, it was a beautiful, fun show at an amazing venue. The quality of the horses showing was just amazing. Congratulations to the entire team on a great show!” noted Denice.

Great Performances at Maryland Horse and Pony Show

Skyland Farm had a fantastic weekend at the Maryland Horse and Pony Show, held at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington.

Natalie Wasson rode Privilege to the reserve championship in the MHSA Medal Finals as well as to numerous other equitation ribbons during the week.

Michele Trufant and her Itchy Garrett continued their tricolor streak by earning championship honors in the Take 2 Thoroughbred Jumper division. They won two of the three classes and placed second in the third.

Congratulations also to Brooke Ballhaus and her Beverly’s Bebop. The pair captured excellent ribbons in the equitation classes, including several top-three placings in the medals.

Summer Fun at Culpeper

Mosie Pennington and Cirena

It’s not summer in Virginia without a visit to HITS Culpeper! The Skyland Farm team enjoyed their week at the Winston National, August 18-22, in Culpeper, Virginia.

Mosie Pennington and Cirena moved up to the Modified Children’s/Adult Jumper division and collected the reserve championship. The pair placed first, second and fourth in their classes with consistent performances.

Brook Ballhaus and Natalie Wasson

Brooke Ballhaus also moved up to the 1.20m Low Junior Jumpers with Little Gun 17, and on the way they captured the reserve championship in the High Children’s Jumpers. Brooke also rode Beverly’s Beebop to victory in the VHSA Hunter Seat Medal class, second in the NHS 3’3″ Medal class and fourth in the USEF Hunter Seat Medal and in the VHSA Hunter Seat Medal Flat.

Natalie Wasson guided new partner Sofia Car in the High Children’s Jumper division and brought home a second-placed ribbon. They also won a class in the Low Children’s Jumpers before moving up. Natalie also rode Privilege to the top call in the NHS 3’3″ Medal class and placed third in the VHSA Flat Equitation as well as the Culpeper Equitation Classic. The pair also placed second in a Low Children’s Jumper class to round out their successful show.

Lots of Lexington Successes

Blush and Eddyn Molden

Team Skyland members made their presence known in Lexington, Kentucky and Lexington, Virginia the week of August 9-15.

Blush, owned by Mary Lou and Rebecca Glover and ridden by Eddyn Molden, showed in the highly competitive Small Green Pony section at the Kentucky Summer Classic with top ribbons in every class. “She was super and so consistent!” said trainer Denice Perry. The pair picked up a second, third and three fourth places.

Blush with Eddyn and Rebecca and Mary Lou Glover

During the following USEF Pony Finals competition, Blush and Eddyn kept up their stellar performances. Blush finished seventh overall in the Small Green Pony section, was sixth over fences, and was awarded Best Presented. Special thanks to Eddyn for presenting Blush so beautifully and to the amazing Orlando for his preparation. Blush also received the coveted champion Virginia-bred Award. Additionally, she was awarded the highest score of the division in the under saddle by one of the judges.

Meanwhile in Lexington Virginia, Meghan Finlay’s Chabalouba Sun was champion in the 3’3” Performance Hunter division with Chiara Parlagreco in the irons. “Chaba” then returned with his owner, Meghan, and received the reserve championship in the 3’3” Amateur-Owner Hunters.

“She had the most amazing rounds on Sunday, scoring an 87 and 89 in the Handy!” said Denice. “They were spectacular to watch.” Meghan was also an impressive second in the EMO/VHSA Adult Equitation on the Flat Final.

Brook Ballhaus and Little Gun

Brooke Ballhaus and her horse Little Gun topped the Children’s Jumper Classic and were Children’s Jumper champions. Brooke was also awarded the Best Junior Jumper Rider award. “They are an amazing pair,” said Denice. “Brooke also had some top equitation ribbons on her beautiful gray Beverly’s Beebop.”

Numerous ribbons were also won by Mosie Pennington and Cirena, Michele Trufant and her Itchy Garrett, Dorothy Stroh on her Balou Z, and Meghan Finlay and her Sofia Carr.

“They all rode beautifully, and the horses where all super,” said Denice.

Skyland would also like to welcome Natalie Wasson and Vigo De Cento to our team. Natalie and “Liam” earned the reserve placing in the EMO/VHSA Junior Equitation Flat Final as well as other equitation ribbons. In addition, Natalie also placed seventh in the EMO/VHSA Horsemanship Final! 

Lots of Skyland Success at Loudoun

The Skyland Farm team had one of their best shows in recent memory during the Loudoun Benefit Horse Show, one of our hometown shows, held June 15-20 in Upperville, Virginia.

After returning from her freshman year in college, Meghan Finlay and Chabalouba Sun returned to the winner’s circle. The pair earned championship honors in the 3’3” Amateur-Owner Hunter, 18-35, section and won the Amateur-Owner Hunter Classic over a competitive field of 24 entries. Trainer Denice Perry also claimed the 3’3″ Performance Hunter reserve championship aboard the fancy chestnut after top ribbons in a section of 30 horses.

Meghan Finlay and Chabalouba Sun

Over in the jumper ring, Meghan continued her winning ways with Sofia Car. The speedy duo earned the High Adult Jumper reserve championship with two second places, one in a speed class and the other in a jump-off class.

Virginia Fout and Carma picked up the championship in the 3’3” Amateur-Owner, 36 and over, section with three blue ribbons. Her daughter, Logan Whetstone, followed in her mother’s footsteps, winning top ribbons in the Short Stirrup and Children’s Ponies aboard Smilin Thru.

Virginia Fout and Logan Whetstone with Carma

Carol Eichner’s Wynnbrook Rosepoint, with Eddyn Molden in irons, was Virginia-bred Pony Hunter champion with three wins and a second, and Eddyn rode Mary Lou Glover’s Blush to ribbons in the Green Ponies. Smilin Thru, with both Eddyn and Logan riding, was reserve champion in the Small/Medium Children’s Pony section.

Mosie Pennington made her debut in the jumpers with Skyland Farm’s Cirena, placing second in her first jump-off class. She also guided Lapis to ribbons in the Children’s Hunters, including an impressive second in the NAL/WIHS Children’s Hunter Classic.

Meghan Finlay with Sofia Car

Lindsey Welsh and her two hunters Rocketeer and Kingsland had top ribbons in Adult Amateurs as well as Rocketeer being reserve champion in the USHJA Hunters with Chiara Parlagreco in the irons. Lindsey’s daughter, Chloe Welsh, showed Yours Truly and High Hopes Sable in the Short Stirrup divisions, with many ribbons aboard both ponies. It was her debut with Skyland, and we’re thrilled to have her join us!

Eddyn Molden with Wynnbrook Rosepoint

Special thanks to the older girls in the barn for all of their help with Chloe and Logan in the Short Stirrup classes on Sunday. Meghan, Mosie and Brooke Ballhaus were amazing with the younger kids and helping to prepare them and their ponies for great performances in the show ring.

All of our jumpers had great Classic ribbons, too. Meghan and Sofia Car, Michele Trufant and Itchy Garrett, and Brooke on Little Gun. 

Joe Stroh and For Pete’s Sake

We also welcomed Dorothy and Joe Stroh to the Skyland team. Dorothy has a talented young jumper she’s bringing along, and Joe is getting back in the game with his For Pete’s Sake after a hiatus.

Skyland also thanks the staff for the exemplary job they did these two weeks of Upperville and Loudoun. They are an amazing team. Thank you Orlando, Elias, Roberto and Abelardo! 

Eddyn Molden and Blush

A Fantastic Return to the Upperville Colt & Horse Show

Skyland Farm’s extensive ribbon banner was quite noticeable as you drove by the show on Route 50 after the team scored top ribbons during the show, held June 7-13 in Upperville, Virginia.

Lindsey Welsh made her presence known in the Adult Amateur, 36-49, section with her two talented mounts Kingsland and Rocketeer, respectively. Lindsey and Kingsland won the super competitive under saddle class, and she guided Rocketeer to second over fences. 

In the Local Hunter Non-Pro Owner to Ride section, Lindsey picked up excellent ribbons with Kingsland, including a second over fences and third under saddle. 

Across the road, Michele Trufant and her Itchy Garrett were winners in the Take 2 Thoroughbred Jumpers and earned numerous other ribbons in the Low Adult and Schooling jumper classes.

Eddyn Molden and her Fruitcake earned the Take 2 Thoroughbred Hunter Championship with impressive performances and blue ribbons over fences and under saddle.

Meghan Finlay (Chabalouba Sun), Mosie Pennington (Lapis) and Dorothy Stroh (Balou Z and For Pete’s Sake) all had some beautiful rides as well as ribbons in the hunters and jumpers. Meghan reunited with Sofia Car and jumped to impressive rounds in the High Adult Jumpers.

Our houseguest Richard Cunkel and his beautiful pony Sachi, with Trexler Goodman in the irons, won a leadline section in one of the most hotly contested classes at the show!

We also congratulate Chloe Welsh on her debut with Yours Truly in the Walk- Trot division, where they placed third in the 8-10-year-old section. Chloe and her mom, Lindsey, also paired up to take third in Upperville’s traditional Family Class held in the main ring on Saturday afternoon.

We also thank Meghan and Mosie for all of their help with preparation for the Saturday’s classes.

“After missing the show last year due to the pandemic, we were thrilled to have the opportunity to show again under the oaks,” said trainer Denice Perry. “This show is always a highlight of our year, and I’m thrilled that everyone had such great results and so much fun.”