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Skyland Returns to the Show Ring at Tryon

Emma Pell and Catano 29

We’re back and better than ever! After a long break due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Skyland Farm team returned to showing at the Tryon Summer 2 Horse Show, held June 17-21 in Mill Spring, North Carolina.

Tory Burch and Meghan Finlay – Sportfot

“It was really fun. All of the horses and riders who went had some great results,” said trainer Denice Perry.

Mosie Pennington and Dreamscape won two classes in the Pony Hunters, including an impressive victory in a Small Pony Hunter over fences class. The pair also picked up other great ribbons, including a second over fences and third under saddle. Mosie also guided Yours Truly to ample ribbons in the Small Pony and Green Pony sections with some wonderful performances.

Sofia Car and Meghan Finlay – Sportfot

Over in the jumpers, Meghan Finlay and Sofia Car made their presence known in the High Children’s Jumpers. They scored two second-placed ribbons in some tough company with great jumping.

Meghan and Tory Burch continued their winning streak from the winter shows with another blue and other ribbons in the 3’3” Junior Hunter, 16-17, section.

Emma Pell and Santos

Emma Pell and Catano 29 topped the Medium Junior/Amateur Jumper (1.30m) Speed class with a great round and also placed 10th in the Medium Junior/Amateur Jumper Classic. In addition, Emma piloted Santos to good ribbons in the Low Junior Jumpers for a super return to the show ring for the pair.

It’s great to be back at the horse shows!

“We were all happy to be back at the horse shows,” said Denice. “They don’t award ribbons at the rings now, so we pick them up later. However, the protocol of wearing masks and disinfecting jumps and bathrooms, etc., was followed beautifully. The number of competitors wasn’t overwhelming, but there was super competition with top barns in attendance. Overall, we had a great experience and it was fun to be back at the shows!”


Happy Birthday to Emma!

Skyland Farm celebrated Emma Pell’s 17th birthday on June 6th! It was a beautiful day at the farm and fun spending it with our family and friends!

Katie Pohlman

Skyland Farm thanks Assistant Trainer Katie Pohlman for all of her contributions to our successful and fun 2020 Winter Equestrian Festival circuit in Florida!

WEF 2020 Concludes With Wins

The Skyland Farm team finished the WEF circuit with blue ribbons and great memories.

Even though the Winter Equestrian Festival ended early, the Skyland Farm team peaked with top performances during Week 10, March 11-15 in Wellington, Florida.

Meghan Finlay and Tory Burch

Tory Burch and Meghan Finlay finished with another tricolor in the Older Children’s Hunters. The pair placed first and second over fences and fourth in the under saddle to clinch the win. They concluded their impressive time in Florida fourth overall in the WEF circuit standings.

Leslie Kopp had her best round ever with Carduzo, earning a blue in the Masters Adult Amateur Jumpers. She and Doman earned two blues in the same section and contested the Classic on Sunday, where they posted another excellent performance to conclude their WEF season.

Emma Pell and Catano 29

Stephanie Vazquez and Baby Guinness had top ribbons in all of her Junior/Amateur Training Jumper classes and finished third in the WEF circuit standings for an awesome first show season with the talented jumper.

Stephanie Vazquez and Baby Guiness

With the cancellation of last two WEF shows, Emma Pell decided to show Catano 29 and Santos Saturday and Sunday in the Medium (1.30m) Junior Jumpers in the International Ring.

Emma Pell and Ari 55

Aboard Santos, Emma placed 12th of 43 in the power and speed class. She and Catano posted excellent rounds in two jump-off classes, finishing their first circuit together with confidence and ready for the remainder of the show season at the upper levels.

Emma Pell and Santos

The Skyland Farm team will return home to Virginia and resume showing when the COVID-19 virus allows. Until then, we’ll enjoy the fond memories, education and fun we all had in Florida during the 2020 season.

WEF 8 is Great For Skyland Farm

Leslie Kopp and Doman

The Skyland Farm team continued to post impressive performances during the Winter Equestrian Festival circuit in Wellington, Florida. And Week 8, February 25-March 1, was especially successful.

Leslie Kopp and Doman captured the championship in the Adult Amateur Masters Jumpers with stellar performances throughout the division. The pair posted two beautiful clear rounds and placed fourth in the Classic for the tricolor honors.

Leslie Kopp and Doman
Leslie Kopp and Doman earned the Masters championship.

Leslie also rode Cesar VDB Z to a clear round in the Masters and piloted her Griffin to ribbons in the 3’3″ Amateur-Owner Hunter, 36 and over, section. Leslie and Griffin claimed third in the handy with a beautiful round in tough company!

Leslie Kopp and Doman with Meghan Finlay and Tory Burch

Tory Burch and Meghan Finlay continued to collect blue ribbons in the Older Children’s Hunters, with a win over fences and other placings, including fourth under saddle. Meghan also rode Sofia Car to multiple ribbons in the Children’s Jumper, 15-17, section.

Emma Pell and Catano 29 galloped to fifth in the Medium Junior Jumper Power and Speed class, and Emma and long-time partner Ari 55 placed third in a Modified Children’s Jumper class.

Stephanie Vazquez and Baby Guiness

Stephanie Vazquez and Baby Guinness continued to earn great results in the Low Children’s/Adult Training Jumpers, with a second and fourth among other ribbons.

Great Results at the Great Charity Challenge

It was a bountiful evening for the Best Foot Forward charity during the Great Charity Challenge presented by Fidelity Investments® on Saturday, February 1.

Tessa Brown, Kyla Makloghi and Emma Pell

Skyland’s Emma Pell contributed to the Wild Card #1 team’s fourth-placed finish aboard Santos, which netted Best Foot Forward $80,000. The team consisted of junior Emma, junior Tessa Brown and professional Kyla Makloghi, with team sponsor Ellen and Dan Crown, and the team corporate sponsor Fair Play Farm.

Each team was made up of junior and amateur riders competing side-by-side with top professionals, including Olympians, and each team was randomly matched with a worthy charity.

Santos and Emma Pell

Held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, the GCC has become a highlight of the 12-week Winter Equestrian Festival and has distributed more than $15.8 million to 256 local organizations in 11 years.

Determined to feature the power of united communities, the GCC is an exciting show jumping event that blends equestrian sports and philanthropy, bringing hope to 40 Palm Beach County charities this year.

Emma Pell and Santos

With riders dressed up in costumes and horses adorned to match them, this year’s theme of “Broadway Musicals” payed recognition to the wisdom commonly found in these plays. From “You can change the world if you change your mind” (Kinky Boots) and “Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise!” (Les Misérables), to “If you stand for nothing Burr, what will you fall for?” (Hamilton), all who attended the event were inspired to foster the change they wish to see in their own backyards.

Team Wild Card #1

Emma’s team represented the musical “Hairspray,” and their competitive performance was admirable!

Santos receives a hug from Emma Pell

Fun Times at WEF 3 and the Turf Tour

Skyland riders and horses enjoyed great success during Week 3 of the Winter Equestrian Festival circuit in Wellington, Florida, as well as on the neighboring Turf Tour, hosted by Nona and George Garson at The Ridge.

Leslie Kopp and Doman placed second in the $10,000 Adult Amateur Masters Classic at WEF, with beautiful clear rounds, and she was only fractions off the winning time on Sunday. She and Doman also jumped to the victory in the WIHS Children’s/Adult Jumper Classic on Friday at the Turf Tour.

Meghan Finlay and Tory Burch continued to add impressive ribbons to their collection in the older Children’s Hunter section, placing second under saddle and fifth over fences in a competitive group at WEF.

On the Turf Tour, Skyland riders continued their success, with Carduzo, Noah and Sofia Car all winning great ribbons.

WEF Begins Spectacularly For Skyland

Skyland’s WEF start is beautiful!

The Skyland Farm team began their 2020 Winter Equestrian Festival circuit with success, fun and lasting memories, earning top ribbons and making new strides in Wellington, Florida.

Highlights included Doman and Leslie Kopp rocking it in the Adult Amateur Masters section, including two beautifully ridden clears during WEF 2. With those rounds, Leslie earned a blue ribbon in the 1.10m Table II class and placed fourth in the 1.15m $10,000 Adult Amateur Masters Classic.

Leslie Kopp, Jim Thompson and Doman enjoying WEF

“Leslie is riding great!” said trainer Denice Perry.

Meghan Finlay had a strong start upon her arrival during WEF 2, placing third in the High Children’s Jumper speed and riding all of her classes really well on Sofia Car. Additionally, she was first and second on Olaf in the SFHJA Medal and the THIS Children’s 15-17 Medal, respectively.

Meghan Finlay and Sofia Car
Meghan Finlay and Olaf

Emma Pell is just knocking on the door with Don Stewart’s Catano 29 in the Medium Junior Jumpers after starting their partnership this season. Emma is also moving up to the Mediums with Santos.

“Emma is riding so well and is just a pole away from some top ribbons,” said Denice.

Emma Pell and Catano 29
Emma Pell and Ari 55

Emma and Ari 55 started their WEF circuit during Week 2 in the Modified Children’s Jumpers (1.15m) with ribbons, and Ari also braided up nicely to carry Emma to some 15-17 Equitation ribbons, as well.

“We’re just getting started, but we’ve had two very encouraging and fun weeks,” said Denice, who is also planning to show on the Turf Tour as well. “Also, I want to give a big shout-out to Mosie Pennington on her Small Pony championship on Dreamscape in Lexington, Virginia this weekend! The Skyland team racked up some impressive performances up and down the East Coast!”

Special thanks to Katie Pohlman and Kristi Pell for providing photos!

Skyland Riders Earn VHSA and MHSA Awards

Emma Pell and Mosie Pennington

After a successful and fun 2019 show season, Skyland Farm riders attended the Virginia Horse Shows Association and Maryland Horse Show Association Year-End Banquets and collected many impressive accolades.

During the VHSA Convention, Mosie Pennington received armloads of ribbons, including the Small Pony Hunter title with Dreamscape. The pair concluded the season more than 100 points ahead of their nearest competition for an impressive win.

Mosie also placed third in the Children’s Small Pony Hunter section with Yours Truly and was fifth in the VHSA Pony Equitation.

Emma Pell rode Santos and Ari 55 to accolades in the Jumpers. She and Santos placed third in the Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers and Ari 55 was fourth. Emma and Santos also picked up fourth in the Medium Junior/Amateur-Owner section as they moved up the levels during the year.

Meghan Finlay and Sofia Car finished the season tied for championship honors in the Children’s Jumpers with impressive performances throughout the year.

Emma and Mosie with the Baltimore Oriole

During the Maryland Horse Show Association Awards Banquet in Baltimore, once again Skyland riders captured impressive honors and enjoyed a lovely evening at the Orioles home stadium.

Emma claimed the top two spots in the Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers with Santos and Ari 55, respectively, while Mosie took second place in the Small Pony Hunters with Dreamscape.

Skyland looks forward to the 2020 show season and another fantastic year!

Goals Met at Washington International

Mosie Pennington and Dreamscape

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.

Meghan Finlay and Sofia Car

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!