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 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.
We’re so proud of all you accomplished in this challenging year! Special thanks to our entire team, especially trainer Denice Perry!
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.
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!”
The Skyland Farm team spent a lovely week at beautiful Morven Park in Leesburg, Virginia, for the WIHS Regional/Zone 3 Championships, October 14-18.
With the fall decorations and the scenic Piedmont of Virginia as a backdrop, the ribbons and accolades were more meaningful, especially during this challenging year of COVID-19.
Meghan and Sofia Car’s incredible consistency paid off through the week. They captured the Children’s Jumper reserve championship with second-placed ribbons in every class and also claimed the USHJA Zone 3 reserve championship.
Michele Trufant and Itchy Garrett also earned a Zone reserve championship with consistent performances in the Low Adult Amateur Jumpers.
“I’m so proud of everyone!” said trainer Denice Perry. “They all rode amazing. Throughout the weekend no one had a single rail down, and they got ribbons in every class. Michele rode so well on her Thoroughbred that the jumper judge made a point to tell her it was a pleasure to watch her over the three days.”
In the hunters, Mosie Pennington and Twizzler continued their solid partnership with the Children’s Small Pony Hunter reserve championship. The duo placed first and fourth over fences and second under saddle for owner Judith Hahn.
Prime Time and Michele earned the championship ribbon in the Thoroughbred Hunters with a win and sixth over fences and third in the under saddle. Michele’s Dancing Ollie also earned ribbons in the same section and won the under saddle.
Meghan Finlay’s Chabalouba Sun captured the championship in the Modified Hunters, winning both over fences classes of the section with Denice in the irons.
“We had a super show, and it was so much fun,” said Perry. “They’ve done such a great job renovating Morven Park, and the management did a super job making this a very special show.”
The Skyland Farm team enjoyed a fantastic show at the HITS Winston National, August 12-16 in Culpeper, Virginia.
Farnley Marathon and Emma Pell won all of their jumping classes in the Registered Virginia-bred Pony Hunter section for the championship, and Twizzler and Mosie Pennington captured the reserve tricolor.
Mosie and Judy Hahn’s Twizzler also made their Small Pony Hunter debut, resulting in championship honors. Mosie also earned the reserve on her Dreamscape for a sweep!
Additionally, Emma Pell and Santos placed third in the $4,000 Pyranha Medium Junior/Amateur Jumper Classic as well as second in the USET Talent Search Medal. Emma and Catano also placed ninth out of 27 in the $10,000 HITS Prix on Friday as well as fourth in the High Junior/Amateur Jumper speed.
The Skyland Farm team made their presence known in all three rings during the Lexington National Horse Show, held August 5-9 at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington.
Meghan Finlay and Sofia Car starred in the High Children’s Jumpers, taking a victory and top ribbons in every class for championship honors. Meghan also earned good ribbons on Tory Burch in the Children’s Hunter, 15-17, section, including a blue.
Michele Trufant and Itchy Garrett continued their tricolor summer with the championship in the Low Adult Amateur Jumpers. The pair placed first and second in the two jump-off classes and also won the Take2 Jumper class as an added bonus.
Michele and Dancing Ollie produced solid performances in the Thoroughbred and Adult Amateur Hunter, 50 and over, sections for a great collection of ribbons.
Mosie Pennington and Dreamscape kept their momentum going with the reserve championship in the Small Pony Hunters. They won two over fences classes and captured ribbons in every class for a consistent weekend together.
Emma Pell and Sarah Freidah’s Farnley Marathon also earned a reserve championship. Theirs came in the VPBA section, where they won an over fences class and earned three seconds.
Emma and Catano 29 took on the open jumpers at Lexington, placing seventh in the Open Welcome Stake, sixth in the 1.25 Open Jumpers and 12th in the $10,000 Open Classic.
Emma also focused on the VHSA/EMO Equitation Finals at Lexington. Aboard Ari 55, Emma placed seventh in the VHSA Flat Final. She also piloted Santos to sixth in the VHSA Junior Medal Final and was third in the Amy Reistrup Equitation Exhibition, with Meghan Finlay as her ground person. Emma also earned other ribbons in the equitation, including second in the VHSA/EMO Medal and fourth in the Platinum Performance/USEF Talent Search.
Mosie Pennington and Judy Hahn’s Twizzler made their debut together and received nice ribbons in the VPBA section as well as the Pony Pleasure. “They will be a cute Small Pony combo in the future!” said trainer Denice Perry. “All the horses and riders where super this weekend. We had a great show!”
Special thanks to Assistant Trainer Katie Pohlman for the beautiful photos!
At Skyland Farm we are committed to helping you reach your goals, whether you want to win at the country's best shows or simply improve your horsemanship and riding skills.
Skyland Farm is a full-service equestrian training center dedicated to the best of care and producing top hunters, jumpers and ponies. We have programs suited for all levels from short and long stirrup through to the grand prix level.
Trainer Denice DeRisio Perry is a United States Hunter Jumper Association Level 1 Certified Trainer and a United States Equestrian Federation R-rated judge in hunters, jumpers and equitation.