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The EMO/VHSA Equitation Finals is Fantastic

Natalie Wasson and Elios

The Skyland Farm team had an amazing time at the EMO/VHSA Equitation Finals and Lexington National. Natalie Wasson and Elios captured the 2022 EMO/VHSA Junior Hunt Seat Equitation Finals with beautiful rides. Natalie also earned the Walter J. Lee Horsemanship Trophy. She scored a 96% on the written test and 104 on the practicum for the highest cumulative score when combined with her first round riding score. It was a great achievement to win the riding and horsemanship finals together! Natalie and Kiltubrid Rhapsody also collected the fourth-placed ribbon in the EMO/VHSA Junior Equitation Flat Final.

Congratulations also to Meghan Finlay and her Chabaluba Sun on taking the Reserve Championship in the VHSA Adult Equitation Flat Final.

Brooke Ballhaus and Beverlys Bebop were also impressive in the equitation. They won the USHJA Jumping Seat Medal and placed second in the ASPCA Maclay.

Additionally, our hunters and jumpers all had super ribbons in their respective divisions for a great show. “All and all, it was a super show, and Natalie pulled off what we knew she could do!” said trainer Denice Perry. “I’m so proud of the entire team—and we celebrated Roberto’s birthday, too!”

Meghan Finlay and Chabaluba Sun

Rose Mount Rewards For Skyland Farm

Natalie Wasson and Kiltubrid Rhapsody

The Skyland Farm team made their presence known in the Hunters and Equitation at the Rose Mount Farm Summer Show, held July 28-31 in Spotsylvania, Virginia.

Natalie Wasson and her Kiltubrid Rhapsody won the Dover Saddlery/USEF Medal, the ASPCA Maclay and the VHSA/EMO Hunter Seat Medal. Natalie also rode Elios to third in the USHJA Zone 3 Sandy Gerald Equitation Finals.

Natalie is now qualified for the Dover Saddlery/USEF Medal Finals at the Pennsylvania National, the ASPCA Maclay Regionals as well as the Platinum Performance/USEF Talented Search Finals-East in Gladstone, New Jersey, this fall!

Natalie Wasson and Elios

Brooke Ballhaus had a super show aboard Beverly’s Bebop. She won the MHSA Hunter Seat on Horses and earned super ribbons in all the equitation classes, including second in the VHSA/EMO Hunter Seat Medal, third in the NHS Medal and third in the VHSA/EMO Junior Equitation on the Flat. Her great performances qualified her for numerous finals, including the NHS Hamel Medal Finals at the National Horse Show this fall.

Brooke Ballhaus and Beverly’s Bebop

Additionally, Logan Whetstone and Virginia Fout’s Carma were champions in the competitive Pre-Children’s Hunter division.

Logan Whetstone and Carma

Lindsay Welsh’s Kingsland, ridden by Denice Perry, earned top ribbons in every class in the 3’3” Performance Hunter section, including two wins over fences, one being the handy. Kingsland is proudly offered for sale, as well.

Dorothy Stroh with Balou Z and Dunki earned top ribbons with both her horses in the Low/High Children’s/Adult Jumpers, including second and third in the Stake class.

Dorothy Stroh and Balou Z

Greta Gobezie and Napoli De Reve were solid in the Pre-Children’s Hunters, earning ribbons in every class. Greta’s consistency continued in the equitation, as well, where she again earned ribbons in every class.

Greta Gobezie and Napoli De Reve
Dorothy Stroh and Dunki
Lindsey Welsh’s Kingsland

Super Spring Results for Skyland II

The Skyland Farm team has enjoyed a successful and fun spring show season, from the Devon Horse Show & Country Fair in Pennsylvania to the Upperville Colt & Horse Show and the Loudoun Benefit in our backyard in Virginia (New photos added!).

“It’s been a fantastic month of shows,” said trainer Denice Perry. “Everyone has ridden so well, and the horses couldn’t have performed better, from the Short Stirrup to the Junior/Amateur Hunters and Jumpers. I’m so proud of our entire team and the camaraderie we all share together. I’m looking forward to a great summer ahead!”

Super Spring Results for Skyland

The Skyland Farm team has enjoyed a successful and fun spring show season, from the Devon Horse Show & Country Fair in Pennsylvania to the Upperville Colt & Horse Show and the Loudoun Benefit in our backyard in Virginia.

“It’s been a fantastic month of shows,” said trainer Denice Perry. “Everyone has ridden so well, and the horses couldn’t have performed better, from the Short Stirrup to the Junior/Amateur Hunters and Jumpers. I’m so proud of our entire team and the camaraderie we all share together. I’m looking forward to a great summer ahead!”

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.