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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!

Top Honors at WEF 2 for Skyland Farm


Leslie Kopp and Cesar VDB Z

The Skyland Farm team continued the impressive momentum established during Week 1 of the Winter Equestrian Festival with more great performances during the second week, held January 16-20 in Wellington, Florida.

Leslie Kopp and her new horse, Cesar VDB Z, won their first Don Little Adult Amateur Masters class together on Saturday for a wonderful start to their partnership. Leslie also went in just one class aboard Dolce Vita, making it count with a second place out of 40 in the Low Adult Amateur Jumper, 36 and over, section.


Emma Pell and Ari 55

Emma Pell and Ari 55 won the competitive $2,500 NAL/WIHS Modified Children’s Jumper Classic and then earned the Modified Children’s Jumper championship for a fantastic week. Emma also guided Santos to ribbons in the Low Junior Jumpers out of more than 70 entries!

In the hunter rings, Leslie guided Griffin and Fenwick to fantastic ribbons in the older Adult Amateur section, with nearly all primary colored ribbons, including a blue aboard Griffin.


Stephanie Vazquez and Creme De La Creme RLF

Stephanie Vazquez and Creme De La Creme RLF earned under saddle ribbons at their first week showing in the USHJA and Low Adult Amateur classes.

“Creme De La Creme is only 5 years old and just starting out, so I’m super pleased with her and Stephanie,” said trainer Denice Perry. “Everyone had a great week!”

Week 2 Photo Gallery

Wonderful WEF 1 For Skyland Farm


Leslie Kopp and El Cano

The Skyland Farm team got off to a great start during Week 1, January 9-13, of the Winter Equestrian Festival circuit in Wellington, Florida.

Leslie Kopp and the veteran El Cano jumped to two blue ribbons in the Don Little Adult Amateur Masters Jumpers and finished as reserve champions without even doing the Classic!

“We decided to save El Cano for the competition in the International Ring in two weeks,” said Denice. “He’s 22 this year and still going strong!”


Emma Pell and Santos

Emma Pell and Santos collected great ribbons in the 1.15m Modified Children’s Jumpers, including a fifth in the $2,500 NAL/WIHS Children’s Modified Classic.

The team also picked up many schooling jumper clear round ribbons as a circuit warm up.

In the Hunter ring, Skyland Farm’s homebred C’Superman, a 4-year-old Holsteiner (Copperman–Cirena), made his show ring debut in the 3- and 4-year-old Pre-Green Hunters. The talented bay earned ribbons in every class, with superb jumping efforts. Then, he spent some time soaking up the sun in his paddock!


Skyland Prevails at Piedmont Jumper Classic


Danielle DeRisio and Cirena

The team from Skyland Farm made their presence known at the Piedmont Jumper Classic, held September 20-23 at the Salem Farm Show Grounds in Upperville, Virginia.

Emma Pell captured the High Children’s Jumper championship aboard Ari 55 and then made her debut with her new horse Santos, taking two blue ribbons, one in a High and a Low Children’s Jumper class.


Emma Pell and Santos

Leslie Kopp is also forming a partnership with her newest mount, Cesar VDB Z. The pair clicked right away and won two 1.0m Jumper classes. Leslie also earned ribbons with her veteran El Cano in the High Adult Jumpers. Special thanks to Plain Bay Sales for Cesar and best of luck to Leslie with this wonderful horse in the 2019 season!

Michele Trufant enjoyed a successful show. She and her Thoroughbred gelding Itchy Garret topped three classes in the .80 and .90m Jumpers and earned ribbons in the Low Adults.

Danielle DeRisio took a break from her freshman year in college to ride Cirena to the Low Children’s Jumper reserve championship. The duo earned two blues and third place in the Low Children’s Jumper Stake for a banner weekend.


Kaylin Dines and Why Not

Kaylin Dines rode a picture perfect round aboard Why Not to speed to second place in the NAL/WIHS High Adult Jumper Classic in a very competitive class.


Maryland Horse & Pony Show

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Emma Pell and Judith Hahn’s Twizzler

The Skyland Farm team and trainer Denice Perry had a great time at the Maryland Horse & Pony Show, held September 12-16 at the Prince Georges Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

Emma Pell and Judith Hahn’s Twizzler continued their winning streak, capturing the Small/Medium Green Pony Hunter championship with three blue ribbons, including the under saddle. Barnmate Mosie Pennington enjoyed presenting the Small Pony Under Saddle Trophy to her friend Emma!

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Emma Pell and F15 with trainer Denice Perry

Emma and F15 enjoyed a banner show, winning the NHS 3’3” Medal class and making the call back in the MHSA Medal Finals.

Mosie Pennington wasn’t without her own success. She earned excellent ribbons in the competitive Small Pony Hunters with Dreamscape and with Yours Truly in the Small/Medium Children’s Pony Hunters


Mosie Pennington and Yours Truly

It was also a great show back for Leslie Kopp and Fenwick. “They had super trips throughout the week, with ribbons in the USHJA and Local divisions. After a summer break, Leslie returned to the ring with El Cano, and they earned ribbons in the Low and High Adult Jumpers. She rode beautifully,” said Denice.

Skyland also welcomed Stephanie Vazquez to the team! She and Irish Rambler earned top ribbons in the Large Pony Hunters, and Stephanie also brought a Pre-Green horse to Skyland that will show in the near future.

“My friend Carol Eichner has done a great job teaching Stephanie, so I’m really looking forward to helping her with her horse,” added Denice.