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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.”

C’Superman

Congratulations to Skyland Farm’s homebred C’Superman (Copperman–Cirena) for a successful 2021 Winter Equestrian Festival circuit!

Dreamscape Earns VHSA Grand Pony Hunter Title

A huge congratulations to Mosie Pennington and Dreamscape for earning the 2020 Virginia Horse Shows Association Grand Pony Hunter Championship and the Showday Magazine Trophy!

Dreamscape and Mosie Pennington

They also earned the Small Pony Hunter Championship for their superb and consistent performances throughout the year. 🎉🎈🏆😎

A cool coincidence is that trainer Denice DeRisio Perry was the cover girl on the Showday Magazine in November 1974!

Skyland Earns 2020 Year-End Championships

Dreamscape and Mosie Pennington

Even with the COVID-19 shutdown and pandemic this year, the Skyland Farm team continued to earn ribbons and, most importantly, learn and grow as riders. We are thrilled to recognize our year-end winners in the Virginia and Maryland Horse Shows Associations.

Special congratulations to Mosie Pennington on earning the VHSA and MHSA Small Pony Hunter Championships with Dreamscape! In addition, Mosie was VHSA Small Green Pony Hunter Champion with Yours Truly and second in the MHSA Pony Equitation standings!

Mosie Pennington and Yours Truly

Mosie and Dreamscape also placed fourth in the USHJA Zone 3 Small Pony Hunter standings, and Yours Truly was fourth in the Zone 3 Small Green Pony Hunter standings. Mosie also claimed the reserve championship in the World Championship Hunter Rider Mid Atlantic Regional standings in the Pony Hunter section.

Meghan Finlay and Sofia Car had a banner year for their championship title in the VHSA Children’s Jumper standings! The pair also placed third in the USHJA Zone 3 standings to add to their resume. Meghan and Chabalouba Sun also finished fifth in the 3’3″ Older Large Junior Hunters in the VHSA standings.

Meghan Finlay and Sofia Car

We’re so proud of all you accomplished in this challenging year! Special thanks to our entire team, especially trainer Denice Perry!

Chabalouba Sun

Congratulations to Meghan Finlay on concluding your junior career in 2020 and best of luck with Chabalouba Sun in 2021 as you make your Amateur-Owner Hunter debut! (Teresa Ramsay Photo)

Sales & Leases

Skyland Farm offers a select group of horses available for sale or lease, from young prospects to veteran competitors.

Lapis

Congratulations to Mosie Pennington on your new partnership with Lapis! Best of luck in the 2021 show season!

Sofia Car

Congratulations to Meghan Finlay and Sofia Car for a wonderful Winter Equestrian Festival circuit in 2020! We wish you both the best of luck the remainder of the show season!

Costumes and Champions Highlight Virginia Fall Classic

Team “Wizard of Oz”

Once a year horse shows and Halloween cross paths, and the results are often fun and entertaining. This year’s Virginia Fall Classic Horse Show was no exception, and the Skyland Farm team made quite an impression October 21-25 at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington.

Sofia Car and Meghan Finlay won the competitive $1,500 NAL/WIHS High Children’s/Adult Amateur Jumper Classic, and Meghan rode her Chabalouba Sun to championship honors in the 3’3″ Junior Hunters. The pair won both jumping classes on Sunday amongst other good ribbons.

Mosie Pennington and Judith Hahn’s Twizzler continued their successful season, taking the reserve championship in the Schooling Pony with a first and second over fences. Mosie also rode her own Dreamscape to excellent ribbons in the Pony Hunters, including a second over fences.

Meghan Finlay and Sofia Car

Edyen Molden and Carol Eichner’s Wynnbrook Rose Point won the Pony Hunter handy class with a beautiful trip!

Longtime partners Cirena and Denice Perry had a win and ribbons in the 1.10m Jumpers. It was great to see them back in action together and in winning form!

Highlighting the week was the costume class, where the team “Wizard of Oz” prevailed. Meghan was the scarecrow riding Chabalouba Sun, the cowardly lion, Mosie was on Glynda, the good witch, our barn neighbor Danny Mahon was Dorothy with Toto on her horse and, of course, Denice was the wicked witch with her broomstick!

“It was a great show and so much fun,” said Denice. “I’m so glad that we can all enjoy spending time with our horses in and out of the show ring!”