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A Sweet Upperville for Skyland Farm

Happy Birthday Emma Pell!

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 Pell and Santos – Photo by Shelby Bonnie

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!

Skyland Scores Blues at Blue Rock

Emma Pell and Ari 55

The Skyland Farm team traveled to the Swan Lake Blue Rock Classic in Pennsylvania for the week of May 15-19, and it was a successful trip north.

Emma Pell and Ari 55 winning the NAL Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic

Emma Pell and Santos were nearly unstoppable in the 1.30/1.35m Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers. They earned championship honors after topping the speed class and placing third in the $2,500 NAL Medium Junior/Amateur-Owner Classic.

Not to be outdone, Santos’ stablemate Ari 55 won the NAL Low Junior-Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic and placed third in the Low speed class for the reserve championship.

Emma Pell and Santos

But Emma wasn’t finished yet–aboard F15, she won the USHJA 3’3″ Jumping Seat Medal, the ASPCA Maclay and took top ribbons in the MHSA Hunt Seat Medal and the NHS 3’3″ Medal.

Pony rider Mosie Pennington continued the ribbon run in the juniors, capturing impressive placings aboard Dreamscape in the Small Pony Hunters. Mosie also piloted Yours Truly to excellent rounds in the Modified Hunters. “It was the best she’s ever ridden!” said trainer Denice Perry.

Denice Perry and C’Superman

Denice wasn’t without her own riding accolades, as she guided her young homebred C’Superman to the 2’6″ Schooling Hunter championship, and the pair also won a class in the 2’9″ Baby Green Hunters. “Superman was just super,” added Denice.

Michele Trufant’s Dancing Ollie continued his impressive results in the Take 2/TIP Thoroughbred Hunters, earning the reserve championship with a first and two seconds.

Despite not being able to show over the weekend, Leslie Kopp made the most of her time in the show ring. She earned good ribbons 1.0-1.10m jumpers during the week aboard multiple horses. Her Cesar VDB Z earned the 1.05m Open Jumper championship with a first and a fourth.

Skyland’s team of Elias, Rudy, J.R. and Carlos with C’Superman

Skyland would also like to thank our hard-working behind-the-scenes team! We couldn’t accomplish what we do without you!

Skyland Adds Accolades at Lexington Spring Encore

The amazing Skyland Farm team earned many accolades during the Lexington Spring Encore, the second week of the Lexington Spring shows, held May 1-5 at the Virginia Horse Center.

The hard-working Skyland team paused for a brief moment for a group photo, including Katie Pohlman and her dog Hogan, Rudy, Giovanni, Orlando and Elias (behind Katie).

Michele Trufant and Dancing Ollie

Michele Trufant and Itchy Garrett earned a blue ribbon in every class they entered in the Training Jumpers, from the .75m to the .95m, for a total of seven! Michele and her Dancing Ollie also captured blues and other impressive ribbons on their way to earning the Special Adult Hunter and Thoroughbred Hunter reserve championships.

Leslie Kopp earned great ribbons on Griffin in the 3’3″ Amateur-Owner, 36 and over, section while only showing the first day. Leslie also jumped to excellent performances aboard Doman and Cesar VDB Z in the Adult Amateur Jumper classes.

Emma Pell and F-15 earned four second places in the equitation classes, including the USEF/Dover Medal, the Oak Ridge Medal, the VHSA Equitation on the Flat and the 15-17 Equitation on the Flat.

Emma continued her excellent results in the jumper ring, riding Ari 55 and Santos to ribbons in the Low and Medium Junior Jumpers.

Mosie Pennington and Dreamscape continued to produce great rounds in the Small/Medium Pony Hunter section, earning ribbons in every class! Mosie also placed second in the MHSA Pony Medal. In addition, she piloted Yours Truly to ribbons in the Children’s Small/Medium Ponies.

Emma Pell and F-15

Trainer Denice Perry’s homebred C’superman (Copperman–Cirena) lived up to his name was was super! He won two classes and earned great Baby Green Hunter ribbons and excelled in the 3-, 4-, and 5-year-old Hunter classes.

Skyland Shines at Lexington Spring Premiere

Emma Pell and Ari 55

After a fantastic winter season in Florida, the Skyland Farm team returned home to Virginia to begin the spring show season at the wonderful Lexington Spring Shows, held in April at the Virginia Horse Park.

Emma Pell continued to rack up wins and accolades. She topped the Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic on Ari 55, earned the section reserve championship and was named Best Junior Jumper Rider. Emma also guided Santos to superb rounds in the Low and Medium Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers.

Emma Pell and F15

Emma also won the Equitation, 12-17, on the flat and placed second in the USHJA Jumping Seat Medal and Oak Ridge Medal aboard F-15.

Leslie Kopp and Griffin collected some impressive ribbons in the 3’3″ Performance Working Hunters in a large section with a California split. Leslie also piloted Doman and Cesar VDB Z to excellent placings in the Low Adult Amateur Jumpers.

Leslie Kopp and Doman

Mosie Pennington and Dreamscape won the VHSA Pony Medal and many pony hunter ribbons, and Mosie also took lots of Children’s Hunter Pony ribbons on Yours Truly.

Mosie Pennington

Trainer Denice Perry’s homebred C’superman won a Baby Green Hunter class and picked up other ribbons.

“Overall, it was a very good week,” said Denice.

A Grand Florida Finale For Skyland Farm

Emma Pell and Santos

The Skyland Farm team concluded a fantastic winter season in Florida with major accomplishments during Week 12 of the Winter Equestrian Festival circuit and on the The Ridge at Wellington Turf Tour Finale, March 27-29.

Emma Pell and Santos placed an impressive 5th in a field of 71 competitors in the $5,000 Rising Star Classic 1.30m. “Emma was great and beat some high-level professionals. She’s come so far so fast this winter with Santos!” said trainer Denice Perry. “She and Santos also got a great ribbon in the 1.30m Junior Jumper Speed class on Saturday at WEF in the International Ring.”

Emma Pell and Santos

Stephanie Vazquez and Henriette P won their final class together at the Turf
Tour on Friday, and she also earned great ribbons at WEF on Thursday in the Low Children’s/Adult Training Jumpers.

Alex Tippett and P Diddy, a horse on loan from trainer Don Stewart, competed in the .80m and .90m Jumpers on the Turf Tour, winning a class in the .90m. “Alex worked hard all winter, and it was super fun for her to be able to show,” said Denice.

Alex Tippett and P Diddy

Additionally, Leslie Kopp and Griffin returned to the show ring after a month off and won their last class in the Adult Amateur Hunters with a score of 85. The pair also placed fifth the first day over fences in a competitive class.

The Skyland Farm team!

“All the others went very nicely and had a great finish to the winter circuit,” said Denice. “We all had a great time!”

Super Results for Skyland During WEF 11

Stephanie Vazquez and Henriette P with Denice Perry

The Skyland Farm team had a lot to celebrate during WEF 11, held March 20-24 in Wellington, Florida.

Henriette P and Stephanie Vazquez had lovely trips in the jumpers for a blue in the Training Jumpers and sixth out of 32 in the Low Children’s/Adult Training Jumper. The pair then earned another blue in the .80 Jumpers on the Turf Tour at Black Watch Farm. “They went beautifully,” said trainer Denice Perry.

Emma Pell and Santos

Emma Pell and her jumpers continued their consistently strong results at both venues, as well. At WEF, Emma and Ari 55 placed an impressive sixth in the $10,000 NAL Low Junior Jumper Classic out of 116 entries and also took second in a Low Junior Jumper speed class in a field of 83.

Michele, Roy and Denice
Emma Pell and Stephanie Vazquez

On the Turf Tour, Emma had a one-two finish in the 1.10m on grass with Ari and Santos, respectively. Emma and Santos then returned to win the NAL 1.20m Classic, with Ari picking up fourth.

“Overall, we had a really fun and great week,” said Denice.

Great Times During WEF 7 and 8

Skyland Farm enjoyed the past two weeks on the Winter Equestrian Festival circuit with more accomplishments and fun.

Highlights included Stephanie Vazquez and Henriette P earning a blue in the Children’s/Adult Training Jumpers with Alex Tippett as the assistant!

Trainer Val Renihan loaned Emma Pell an equitation horse named Flambeau for the age group 15-17 classes, and team produced a nice placing in tough company! Emma and her jumpers Santos and Ari 55 kept their momentum going in the Junior Jumpers with nice double clears.

Leslie Kopp, with her star jumpers Cesar VDB Z and El Cano, continued to produce lovely clear rounds in the Don Little Masters section, with more blue ribbons added to the Skyland Fam banner.

Great job to everyone! Please enjoy our fun photo gallery from the past two weeks!

Celebrations Abound During WEF 6

Emma Pell and Ari 55 in the Low Junior Jumper Classic

Week 6 of the Winter Equestrian Festival circuit in Wellington, Florida, was cause for celebration on a variety of fronts. In addition to featuring WCHR Hunter Week, festivities February 13-17 included Valentine’s Day and the third anniversary of Emma Pell’s partnership with Ari 55.

So, fittingly, the dynamic duo collected a variety of top ribbons in the Low Junior Jumpers, including third place in the hotly contested $10,000 NAL Low Junior Jumper Classic out of 92 entries. They also captured another third in a field of 74 for an impressive week.

Emma also continued to collect ribbons in the Medium Junior Jumpers aboard Santos, including a sixth place in a competitive field over a 1.30m course.

Leslie Kopp and Griffin in the International Ring

Leslie Kopp also enjoyed Week 6, with a blue ribbon in the Don Little Masters on a new trial horse Colibri. She also competed in the 3’3″ Amateur-Owner Hunters with Griffin and Fenwick, taking the rare opportunity to gallop around the International Ring where the top jumpers usually perform.

Emma Pell with Beth O’Quinn of Foxcroft School

Foxcroft School administrator Beth O’Quinn also visited this week from Middleburg, Virginia, and was able to watch student Emma in the Junior Jumper Classic. In addition, Denice and Roy Perry enjoyed dinner in Palm Beach with Brandon and his wife, Kristie.

It was a fun and successful week and marked the halfway point of the WEF circuit!

Moving On Up at WEF 5

Emma Pell and Santos in the International Ring

Emma Pell and Santos stepped up to the Medium Junior Jumpers (1.30m) with much success during WEF 5, held February 6-10 in Wellington, Florida.

The pair earned ribbons in every class, including ninth in the $10,000 NAL Medium Junior Jumper Classic in the International Ring during their first time together over a 1.35m course!

“They are an amazing combination,” said trainer Denice Perry. “The classes have 45 to 60-plus entries!”

Emma Pell and Ari 55

Emma and Ari 55 also moved up this week, making their debut in the Low Junior Jumpers (1.20m) with a fifth place out of 43 in one class.

Leslie Kopp and Griffin had a special first day in the 3’3″ Amateur-Owner Hunter, 36 and over, section, scoring a set of 84s in both classes. The pair captured fourth place in the Handy for their excellent performance. Leslie and Cesar VDB Z also had one blue ribbon in the Don Little Masters Adult Jumper section.

Stephanie Vazquez and Creme De La Creme RLF

Additionally, Stephanie Vazquez had a couple of super under saddle ribbons in tough USHJA and Low Adult Hunter classes aboard Creme De La Creme RLF.

Back home in Virginia, Mosie Pennington continued her excellent performances in the Small Pony Hunters, with the reserve championship at The Barracks aboard Dreamscape.

Mosie Pennington and Dreamscape

Congratulations to all on a successful and fun week of showing with these wonderful horses!

Please enjoy our Photo Gallery from WEF 5!

Great Times at Great Charity Challenge

Team Israel, from left, Leslie Kopp, Emma Pell and Andy Kocher

Skyland Farm made an impact during the Great Charity Challenge, held as one of the featured events of Week 4 of the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida, January 30-February 3.

In total, 26 pro-am combinations were paired with randomly selected Palm Beach County charities. Each team consisted of junior and amateur riders competing side-by-side with top professionals.

“We Are The World” was the theme of the night, with riders, charities, local families and horse sport fans dressed in support of their favorite nation. In total, the evening’s contributions brought the overall Great Charity Challenge tally to $13.5 million distributed to more than 230 well-deserving Palm Beach County charities over the past 10 years.

Roy Perry photographs Leslie Kopp and El Cano during the Great Charity Challenge

The Skyland team of Junior rider Emma Pell (aboard Santos), Amateur rider Leslie Kopp (riding El Cano) and Professional Andy Kocher (with Colton Playtime) represented Israel for team sponsor Dani Goldstein and Starwyn Farm and corporate sponsor Salamander Farm.

“Andy wore a globe for ‘We Are The World,’ Leslie was the Star of David and Emma dressed as an Israeli military girl. They had so much fun and won $17,000 for their charity, Our Sister’s Place!” said trainer Denice Perry.

Skyland’s support team of Roy Perry, Kristi Pell, Alex Tippett, Elias Castro and Carlos Gomez helped to prepare the horses and riders, who competed under the lights in the International Ring at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center on Saturday night.

In addition to their performance in the Great Charity Challenge, Emma and Santos placed second out of 63 in a Low Junior Jumper jump-off class and sixth of 78 competitors in a Low Junior Jumper speed class. Emma also piloted Ari 55 to third place in a Modified Children’s Jumper class at 1.15m and will move up to the Low Juniors this week.

Fenwick also earned ribbons throughout the week in the Hunters, with owner Leslie Kopp in the Adult Amateurs and with Denice in the USHJA 3′ Hunters.

Emma Pell and Santos

Emma posted about the weekend on her Instagram account:
“What a week! Thank you so much to everyone who made this week so memorable for me! I feel so honored to have had the opportunity to participate in the Great Charity Challenge. Thank you to my wonderful teammates, Leslie and Andy. Plus, our wonderful sponsors! Last night my team got to represent Israel- Leslie was the flag, I was an IDA officer, and Andy was the world to showcase the event’s theme of “We are the World”. There are so many wonderful and deserving charities to support! I’m so glad our team was able to help Our Sisters Place, Inc. by raising awareness, and with $17,000 so they can help more abused women and children. This event and organization will forever hold a special place in my heart! Thank you again to my parents, trainer, grooms, Leslie (and Cano), Andy (and Joki), and especially Santos :)”

Emma Pell and McLain Ward at the Palm Beach Masters

Skyland also congratulates Danielle DeRisio for earning a win in the UCONN IHSA Western Zone One competition!

Danielle DeRisio, right, and her teammate from Sacred Heart University
Danielle DeRisio and TC

“This is TC. He’s a famous Reiner that went to all the World Championships. Today, TC taught me how to do spins–the fast ones! I think we all may need to buy Reiners and go full cowboy!”


Mosie Pennington and Dreamscape
Mosie Pennington with her USEF Pony Medal blue ribbon

Congratulations to Skyland student Mosie Pennington and Dreamscape for their success at the Stonewall County Horse Show in Lexington, Virginia. Mosie won the USEF Pony Medal and earned two seconds and other great ribbons in the Pony Hunters. Mosie is now qualified for the USEF Pony Medal Final and the USEF Pony Finals this summer! Way to go, Mosie!